In my youth, I studied martial arts for a little over 15 years.  This was a very Yang natured movement art which tore my body up quite often.  Back then I would do Hatha Yoga postures to calm my energy down.  It wasn’t until I met the Ni family in the 1980’s, that I would be introduced to the Chinese version of yoga called Dao-In, (pronounced dao-een).

This body/mind practice was at the opposite end of hard core marital arts.  It is the essence of what Taoists call “doing non-doing” or natural action.  The 70% principle in the water school of Taoism, as taught by Bruce Frantzis, is also an example of “doing non-doing”.  Although these principles underlie all actions that align with the natural flow of nature, they can easily be embodied within the Taoist Yoga practice.

These movements come out of the internal energetic schools that have flourished since ancient China and still thrive in various places; although it can be difficult to find this knowledge in its deepest and integrated form.  Those of us seeking this knowledge are fortunate, in that one such teacher, Bruce Frantzis, has kept these principles within the movement arts to serve as a guiding post for better health of mind, body and spirit.

Over the following months I will explain some of the principles of the inner workings of this yoga in a series of Blog Posts.  I’ll explain how it is different and similar, to Indian Yoga.  Also, in the coming months, I will be teaching live and possibly online classes in Longevity Breathing Yoga.  A few months ago I was certified as a continuing education provider by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).  This means that in future classes, I will be able to offer professional development education credits when approved.  Stay Tuned!

Following is a video of some Energy

Arts students practicing TAO YOGA.

Biodynamic Ritual on a Misty Mountain Morning

by Miki on September 22, 2017

I had my first experience a few

weeks ago with a technique used in biodynamic farming.  Miki and I have been staying at Meadow Cove Farm while we search for a permanent home around this area.   The owners of this incredibly beautiful forty acre farm in Weaverville are Paul and Claudine Cremer.  Paul has been mentoring me in the biodynamic way of farming. 

Being a novice, he invited me to participate in a ritual which involved using composted cow manure.  This manure is stored in cow horns underground to gather energy for several months.  The finished organic material, which is an extraordinary manure that has absorbed the physical and subtle surrounding energy, is used to inoculate all the areas on the farm where food is grown.  Gathering energy in this context is a deeply yin process.

Now here is where it gets interesting and mystical.  It was a cool, foggy morning.  The kind of meditative environment that engulfs you into the landscape.  It pulled me out of myself into the immediacy of the experience.  Sitting down, I began mixing the material into the warm spring water and I created a swirling/spiraling/mixing motion. My training as a qigong practitioner naturally led me to spiral my personal energy through my body and arms, and as I continued, the energy above the water bucket was integrated and kept expanding upward; while also penetrating into the ground deeper and deeper.  When the direction was reversed, everything fell into chaos, then reorganized itself into a whirlpool again in the opposite direction.  Initially, the direction changes felt uncomfortable, but soon they became an ethereal dance.  

After an hour or so of mixing, Paul and I cut small branches from a nearby pine tree.  The branches were soaked with the magic brew and we then began flicking the branches to heal the space over the entire 3 acres of garden.  This, for me, was a truly grounding and nurturing experience.  I felt my mind move away from the edge; where mind and body separate to become whole.

Surrounding and immersing oneself in nature can be an incredible learning experience.  We need to return to our original landscape periodically so that we can positively influence the manifested realms for ourselves and the planet.  The mountains in their aliveness are constantly awakening me from my slumber.  Are you in a deep slumber?

Oh yes, on the way back to the farm house, I picked some wild flowers! 

Good Journey,
Frank

 

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March 5, 2017

The Art and Science of Breath Series Taoist Longevity Breathing White Crane Healing Arts will be presenting a live online qigong class on Sunday, March 26th at 11:00 AM.  This is the first class and introduction to the 9 week Qigong series that Frank Iborra will be teaching online and is FREE. Frank chose this […]

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Translating Taoism in the west is usually a difficult and sometimes confusing endeavor.  The knowledge and information can be folded into broader philosophical and poetic writings that can hide real methodologies for energy refinement.  Although this neigong system is extraordinarily sophisticated, it is also based on a time tested system of fundamental building blocks.  You […]

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4714 – Year of the Yin Fire Rooster

February 19, 2017

Chinese New Year, 4714– Time to Wake Up Year of the Yin Fire Rooster The phoenix, which is considered a more spiritual translation of the rooster seems especially appropriate this year because it symbolizes the potential for personal evolution and global transformation. The second new moon after the winter solstice was on Saturday, January 28, […]

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Journey Into The Extraordinary Vessels

February 7, 2016

For the past 50 yrs. I’ve ventured into the world of mind-body practices as a way to nurture deep places in my being.  This journey has taken me into the realm of Chinese Medicine and the understanding of the Primal Oceans of energy known as the 8 extraordinary vessels.  Since ancient times the urge to […]

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Healthy Recipes to Celebrate the Year of the Monkey

February 6, 2016

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Yang Fire Monkey Year

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The Chinese new year which begins on the second new moon after the winter solstice will be on Monday, February 8th at 9: am. The rising moon will usher in the year of the Yang Fire Monkey and If I had to describe the year in one word it would be dynamic. I’ll explain why, […]

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The Qi of Turkey and Apple Pie

November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and like many of you, I’ll be spending the holiday with family. My daughter and I will share memories and catch up with recent events, while cooking our mostly traditional Thanksgiving dinner. In Taoist and Chinese understanding, food like everything in the universe has “Qi” or life force. When we eat, […]

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The Interplay of the Extraordinary Vessels with Nei Gung Qigong

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The next Sunday class series will introduce the paradigm of non-somatic extraordinary vessels. “Non-somatic is used to describe what is usually referred to as psychological, mental, intellectual, psychic, emotional, spiritual, religious, metaphysical or nonmaterial. ”  NSEV (non-somatic extraordinary vessels) is an organizing system of our most original and authentic primordial self which observes our most […]

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