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Welcome to my Jungian Therapy Blog

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Jungian Therapy | 1 comment

Aloha and welcome to my new Jungian Therapy Blog. In this blog I will be discussing my approach to Jungian Therapy and the benefits it has to offer my patients. With 28 years of experience as a Jungian therapist I hope some of my insights will be helpful to you. Please feel free to check back here or subscribe to my RSS feed.

To make a Jungian counseling and psychotherapy appointment for an in person session in Kihei on Maui or to set up an online Jungian counseling and psychotherapy session call 808-280-3450 or go to the appointments page of this website.

In the Heart of Tai Chi

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Tai Chi | 0 comments

Aloha All,
February seems like a good month to talk about the heart. This is an aspect of Tai Chi Chuan that is often ignored. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the Shen or spirit is stored in the heart. Some forms of insomnia are caused by the Shen not being able to come to rest in the heart and people end up with an agitated mind. In the beginning we can focus on the exercises and the elements of the form but if our Tai Chi is going to deepen at some point we are going to need to open our heart. We need the inner space to allow the Shen to quiet and for our awareness of both what is going on inside of us and in our environment to develop. Many of you have experienced this directly with Sifu Fong HA. At a conference on the martial arts someone once said to me ” you Tai Chi people are infinitely interested in the inner workings of your own being”. It was meant as a put down, my reply was simply “yes”.
To develop our listening skills the heart needs to be calm and clear with just the right balance of yin and yang. I think February is a great month to devote ourselves to this aspect of our practice.

To sign up for a Tai Chi (Tai Ji) class in Kihei on Maui please call 808-280-3450. Tai Chi Class, including Chi Kung and pushing hands, meets Monday mornings from 7:30 to 9:30 in Kihei on Maui.

May your hearts find just the right balance,
Dani

Reflecting on Changes

Posted by on Dec 29, 2011 in Tai Chi | 0 comments

Aloha,
I need to start with a little logistics. Class will meet each Monday from 7:30 to 9:30, except Monday the 9th. Our kids will be visiting from the mainland and so I am taking the week of the 9th off. We will still have four Mondays of class because this January has five Mondays.
I hope you are each having a blessed set of Holidays. I find myself reflecting on all the changes in my life this last year, especially the move to Maui. I have a great deal of gratitude for those of you who have decided to study with me and to continue Sifu Fong Ha’s work here on the island. He is a great master teacher with an amazing gift to share. For those of you who have not made it to class yet I hope that the new year might present you with an opportunity to stop by and check it out. I have spent 31 years with Fong Ha’s work and dedicated myself to developing a way of teaching that conveys the inner meaning and depth of Tai Chi.

To sign up for a Tai Chi (Tai Ji) class in Kihei on Maui please call 808-280-3450. Tai Chi Class, including Chi Kung and pushing hands, meets Monday mornings from 7:30 to 9:30 in Kihei on Maui.

 

Mahalo  and as Fong would say “Be Well and Happy Always”

Dani

Essential Principles of Tai Chi

Posted by on Dec 20, 2011 in Tai Chi | 0 comments

In this next month we are going to focus on the four fundamental principles I feel are essential for Tai Chi.
1. Everything we  do is based in yin and yang. These two principles are not opposite but complementary. Even s simple single step involves one leg becoming yin as the other becomes yang.
2. We approach effortlessness. We do not search for perfection in some absolute but work toward our goal. Tai Chi requires that calm and listen, to do this we have to reduce the amount of effort we put into each move. As we relax and stop efforting things become clearer, simpler and more graceful.
3. The Tai Chi Classics make it very clear that all movement must start in the feet be controlled by the waist and finally expressed in the hands. The waist acts as the streering wheel. The hands merely complete the movement begun from below.
4. We are supported by the earth and suspended from heaven and between heaven and earth only the laws of chi prevail. By applying the other three principles we should work to enhance our relationship with the earth. Each step should find us more and more clearly supported by the big ball we stand on.

To sign up for a Tai Chi (Tai Ji) class in Kihei on Maui please call 808-280-3450. Tai Chi Class, including Chi Kung and pushing hands, meets Monday mornings from 7:30 to 9:30 in Kihei on Maui.

Mahalo, Dani

Continuing Fong Ha’s Work

Posted by on Oct 31, 2011 in Tai Chi | 0 comments

Aloha All,
After only a short break from teaching on the mainland it has been wonderful to begin teaching again here on Maui. I received an email from Sifu Fong Ha saying how happy he is that his work is being taught here and that he is going to work to come for longer next year. I will keep you posted as we get closer to next September.
This last month’s class has focused on developing our standing meditation practice, the first four arm postures for mediation and how to transform them into movement with Su Li and walking exercises. We have also focused on allowing your Tai Chi form work to be an out growth of the basic I Chuan practice. What I mean by this is taking our fundamentals of cultivating the chi, yin and yang, approaching effortlessness, and finding our equilibrium as the core that we develop our Tai Chi form around. I like to view it as working from the inside out.
In November we will build on this beginning. (If you have not been able to come to class yet do not worry everything is reviewed and the core principles are continued.) We will continue our standing mediation focusing on the next four arm postures and adding on to the Su Li exercises.  Walking exercises will always be a core part of what I teach. In each single step so much occurs and if we can begin to get out of our own way and allow an awareness of that experience it is very powerful. We will also continue to develop the long form of the Yang Style.

To sign up for a Tai Chi (Tai Ji) class in Kihei on Maui please call 808-280-3450.  Tai Chi Class, including Chi Kung and pushing hands, meets Monday mornings from 7:30 to 9:30 in Kihei on Maui.

I hope to see you in class.
Mahalo, Dani

New Beginings

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in Tai Chi | 0 comments

 

It was great to meet so many Tai Ji Quan players here on Maui. I have enjoyed spending time with you and look forward to getting to know you better. With Sifu Fong Ha’s encouragement I have decided to start teaching here right away. I will begin with a class at my house starting this next Monday morning. If you can not come this Monday please feel free to come some other Monday. I will also be available for private lessons. We will be following Tai Ji, I Quan and Qi Gong as taught to me by Sifu Fong Ha. Here are some of the details:

 

Time: 7:30 to 9:30 with some time to share stories afterward

 

Place: 472 Kalalau Place, Kihei. We will meet on the lawn makai of the house. (Directions below)

 

Contact Phone: 808-280-3450

 

Cost: $50/month or $15 drop in. If cost is an issue please talk to me.

 

Directions: From the Piilani Hwy turn makai on Ohukai, then take the every first left on Kaiola Place(it comes up very quickly). Next turn right on Koki and then left on Kalalau Place. Follow Kalalau around the bend, our house is on the right. It is green with brown trim and has a “Gone Paddling” sign on the front. Please park respectfully, we want to keep our neighbors happy. If there is space in the driveway please feel free to park there.

 

I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I have studies Tai Ji with Sifu Fong Ha for 31 years and have taught in the Bellingham Wa. area for over 20 years. For the last ten years I was the Tai Ji instructor for Whatcom Community College for both the PE Department and their Community Education Program. I still have some senior students over on the mainland that I continue to work with. When not teaching Tai Ji, I am a Jungian Psychotherapist in private practice. I have been in private practice for 27 years.

 

I hope most of you can make the Monday morning time. If any of you know of good teaching spaces here, that are not too expensive, I would love to hear about them. It would be good to find some time for an evening class. If you are going to come on Monday I would appreciate it if you could send a reply to this email or give me a call.

 

Mahalo, Dani