Various Sheng Zhen Gong teachers lead a free Union of Three Hearts meditation (Zhongtian Yiqi) every Sunday at 5pm in the AOMA dojo. No experience necessary. Union of Three Hearts is a non-moving qigong practice that trains the mind. As this practice quiets the mind, one is able to return to the Beginning – to connect with Heaven, Earth and all of humanity. Cushions and chairs are provided. This event is sponsored by Sheng Zhen Austin.
Creating Calm Within: Heart Mind as One & Heart Spirit as One
with Francie Shimaya and Sarah Sires Bentley
$80 full day, $50 half day
*CEU’s offered for Texas Massage Therapists and Acupuncturists (Texas CAEs)
Before the busy end of year holiday season begins, take the time to create an inner centered space that will help you enjoy these days.
Heart Mind as One is very effective at calming the disposition. A calm disposition is the essence of human health. A calm disposition is empty; it has no cares. Qi is in harmony and the body is in balance. This qigong is both moving and non-moving. The physical movements are for cultivating qi. The inner stillness is to bring you back to the heart. When the physical movements have ceased, your Heart experiences its original purity. It is then that you are released from your past confusions and difficulties.
In the practice of Heart Spirit as One, the practitioner is brought to the experience of receiving the Love from which the universe was created and the Love into which everything dissolves. Love is a powerful energy. This form will help one allow Love to enter the Heart. This sitting practice is both meditative and self-healing. One will gradually be able to hold the positions longer when one is dedicated to the regular practice of Heart Spirit as One. The form consists of three simple positions connected with graceful transitions that nurture and open the heart.
The morning session from 10-1 will cover Heart Mind as One. The afternoon session from 2-5 will have the participants learn Heart Spirit as One, continue Heart Mind as One in seven rounds, and finish the afternoon with a review of Heart Spirit as One.
Participants who have some experience with these forms may choose to do either the morning or afternoon session, or both sessions. Beginners who have time for a half day only should choose the morning session.
Francie Shimaya began practicing qigong in 1990 and has studied Sheng Zhen Gong from Master Li Junfeng since 2003. She began teaching Sheng Zhen Gong in 2004 becoming certified in 2007. The cultivation of a personal daily practice has been her main focus since the practice is truly the key to opening the heart. In her classes Francie encourages and guides others to develop their daily practice. The Sheng Zhen flavors and philosophy constitute the basis of her teaching. She led the Union of Three Hearts meditation at AOMA from 2006-2012 and now leads on the second Sunday of every month. She serves the Sheng Zhen community as the distributor of Sheng Zhen Products and is a board member of Sheng Zhen Austin.
Sarah Sires Bentley is a certified Sheng Zhen Gong teacher and meditation teacher. She has studied with Master Li Junfeng since 2002 and began teaching in 2004. Sarah is also trained as a massage therapist and has studied yoga since 1995. As the Director of Community Relations at AOMA, Sarah frequently gives presentations on mind-body practices and stress management. Sarah’s classes are relaxing and inspiring.