Sacred Heights | The Eight Treasures

The Eight Treasures Journey

Tai Chi Demonstration

Chi Gong Demontration

Eight Treasures Tai Chi-like Chi Gong

"An exercise that joins the ages"

Ever feel you need magical or “golden” slippers to get you to exercise? Whether you are a young adult, thirty something, middle aged or elderly, those magical slippers slip right on when you practice this Tai Chi like but more stationary Chi Gong. Chi Gong is for those who just want an easy powerful exercise that covers major energy pathways in the body. Chi Gong is a gentle but powerful AEROBIC exercise that in fluid, slow movements, circulates energy throughout the body, unblocking stagnant energy, and focusing and restoring energy in the body's system. My vision for this class is for those with varied flexibility and age—from  young adults to the elderly to practice an ancient art of health maintenance and healing. Therefore, my class welcomes those who do and don’t exercise regularly, and those who may be movement impaired, some who may only be able to do the exercises sitting down or even with a cane, and, IT WORKS! All benefit from the body-mind massage and energy from each age group. The exercise cultivates your energy while improving your health in all its aspects with easily memorized movements. Most body work techniques today are variations of Chi Gong.

Chi Gong is an integration of physical postures, breathing techniques, and focused intentions. The name means  “cultivating the life force or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe.” Eight treasures is a unique Chi Gong (also known as Qi Gong or Chi Kung) style that was formally organized around 2,000 years ago, transmitted by the Ni Family through an unbroken succession of 74 generations of Taoist masters. The form is comprised of a series of movements arranged in 8 sections or treasures. The Eight Treasures Chi Gong form is based on the natural motion of the planets and stars as well as on the simplicity and power of nature. As our bodies are a small model of nature, by focusing on maintaining a smooth flow of Chi (Qi) in our bodies, our small universe can begin to attune to the greater rhythms of the Universe, thus preventing disease and creating health. Many health care professionals recommend Chi Gong as an important form of alternative complementary medicine.

The practice of Chi Gong and Tai Chi are not connected to any religion, and you do not need to believe any dogma to receive the benefits, although the practice of the exercises can enhance your faith. Just as with Tai Chi, there's no need to memorize movements in order to reap benefits from the exercise although benefits increase when you do. Eight Treasures Chi Gong is "Movement for the Soul"—body, mind, and spirit that connects you to higher realms of awareness, increasing your human potential. Learn how to cultivate integrative health, energy, and meditation in whatever stage of life you are in. The effect of this exercise ripples beyond the exercise room. Benefits include: improved stress management, mindfulness, weight control, strengthening of heart, lungs, circulation and skeletal system, improved flexibility, balance, overall health, and clearer life direction. ALL skill levels welcome. The fluid, slow movement exercise is mistakenly perceived as just for the elderly. As with Tai Chi, a variety of age groups benefit.

Classes are open to those 18 and up. Practice this Chi Gong and exercise is easy! The practice of Eight Treasures Chi Gong is a great starter for advancing into Tai Chi, especially if you have not been exercising regularly. Come for a weekly body-mind massage. M-o-v-e and be moved. Let your energy flow.

Please contact me for location directions. If you are not a regular attender, please RSVP so we can be looking for you. NOTE: Students younger than 18 may be more interested and challenged in Tai Chi.

Tai Chi

"Expansive and powerful...The form of Tai Chi commonly taught on the West Coast."

Tai Chi is an ancient form of Chinese exercise and self-defense designed to improve physical health, decrease stress and bring unity to mind, body and spirit. Tai Chi uses martial arts movements performed very slowly in order to improve balance, coordination and strength. It is often called “moving meditation.” It also offer the practitioner a repertoire of movements useful in self-defense. Recent studies have shown Tai Chi to be beneficial for the immune system, arthritis, heart failure, and Parkinson’s. Tai Chi is not only moving meditation but valuable psychotherapy and, according to Harvard Medical School it is also “moving medication.” Many Tai Chi movements originate from observations of nature and the simplicity and power of nature. As our bodies are a small model of nature, by focusing on maintaining a smooth flow of Chi (Qi) in our bodies, our small universe can begin to attune to the greater rhythms of the Universe, thus preventing disease and creating health.

This form of Tai Chi, the Old Northern Yang Long Form, passed down from Grandmaster Yin Chian Ho, is a powerful AEROBIC exercise that is gentle, yet can be challenging to people of all levels of ability. The slow movements circulate energy throughout the body, unblocking stagnant energy, and focusing and restoring energy in the body’s system. “Tai Chi, a slow movement exercise, enables one to more intensively find “the secret that sits in the center.” Although Tai Chi is indigenous to China and had been kept a secret for many years from other cultures, it is now practiced all over the world. It has been practiced in China for around 3,000 years. Fortunately, this treasure is now not just considered a national treasure of China, but also a world treasure for those who enquire. Tai Chi is a most valuable way to maintain and improve our health. Tai Chi is invigorating, energizing, centering, and health promoting. It is a powerful, expansive workout that cultivates your energy and intensively promotes health in all its aspects of body, mind, and spirit.

Tai Chi is "Movement for the Soul” that connects you to higher realms of awareness, increasing your human potential. You move from the core of your being. The practice of Tai Chi and Chi Gong are not connected to any religion, and you do not need to believe any dogma to receive the benefits, although the practice of the exercises can enhance your faith. Learn how to cultivate integrative health, energy, and meditation in whatever stage of life you are in. The effect of Tai Chi ripples beyond the exercise room. Benefits include: improved stress management, mindfulness, weight control, strengthening of heart, lungs, circulation and skeletal system, improved flexibility, balance, overall health, and clearer life direction. ALL skill levels welcome. The fluid, slow movement exercise is mistakenly perceived as just for the elderly. As with Chi Gong, a variety of age groups benefit. Classes are open to those 18 and up - young adults, middle age, mature, and older teens. Come for a weekly body-mind massage. Learn how to stream energy through your body, let the energy flow, and let it grow!

Please contact me for location directions. If you are not a regular attender, please RSVP so we can be looking for you. NOTE: classes can be arranged for older teens.

Shamantic Reiki Treatments

“Touch is as essential as sunlight. We are vibrational or electrical beings.”

Contemporary physics and age-old energy medicine inform us that touch is as essential as sunlight, we are vibrational beings and, our thoughts rule the world. In this powerful combination of energy work, using Reiki, and Shamanic journeying techniques, you will understand how empowered you are in creating your health, wellbeing, and life direction. You will leave with insight and techniques to implement in your daily life. Treatments cultivate your ability to listen and guide yourself in life, promoting health in all aspects of body, mind, and soul.

Energy is in all things. Sometimes our body-minds and spirits can benefit from an “electrical rearranging” and focused inquiry. Shamanic Reiki is the application of using the “universal life force”, “God,” “chi, “spirit,” the higher self, the “divine,” whatever you may identify it as, to channel energy. It focuses energy on the body, the soul’s journey, and the energy field for the purposes of health maintenance and healing for the higher good. Shamanic journey methods and visualizations create active participation in clients which can then more deeply empower and heal. The secular practice heightens perceptions and enables patients to see into the deeper realms of self. According to the American Journal of Public Health, “…the process allows people to connect with the power of the universe… and enhances their sense of empowerment and responsibility.” Shamanic practice, originating in indigenous cultures worldwide, is being recognized in modern day health maintenance and healing for its accelerated healing, often providing faster results than traditional psychotherapeutic methods. In both Shamanic and Reiki practice, hands are either placed directly above the body or pressed lightly on it. Reiki is a form of shamanism. The combination is very powerful. Treatments are done on the fully clothed client. Clients wear loose clothing in order to promote the unencumbered flow of energy.

Both traditions are practical ways of accessing and being guided on our soul journeys and many people practice these techniques in their daily lives, even if they are not aware of it. That is why the traditions are enduring and, the methods can work even if we do not believe or understand completely. Shamanism is now used in Western therapy work and Reiki is now practiced as a complementary health care option in many hospitals. Just as with Tai Chi and Chi Gong, these practices are not connected to any religion, and you do not need to believe any dogma to receive the benefits, although the practice of these exercises can enhance your faith. The name Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is composed of two Japanese words, "Rei" and "ki." “Rei” can mean universal, mystery, God, gift, Spirit, divine, holy, the highest, love, consciousness, or whatever other terminology works for you to express that which is both within us and connects us to what is beyond and bigger than us. Ki means life force energy. Shamanic Reiki can be defined as “guided life force energy” or “healing wisdom, guided by Spirit.”

Experience the touch of Shamanic Reiki, the connections to your soul and helping spirits, the beauty of sunshine flowing through your body, ancient treatment for modern day dilemmas. We recharge our cell phones. Why not our bodies and our extended energy fields? Take a journey. Make an appointment today.

Meditation

“Meditation, whether moving or sitting, is a window to the soul.”

When you live in the present, you repair the past and prepare for the future. (Tibetan proverb) “Be still and know that I am” (Jesus) “As above, so below. As within, so without.” (a metaphysical principle). The ability to be still helps you move in this world, grow, and change course when necessary. All cultures point the way to health via the need to incorporate meditation into your routine.

Chi Gong and Tai Chi are moving meditations. Both moving and sitting meditations help us gain stillness within motion, expand our inhalations and exhalations in daily life which lower our breath into the abdomen, puts less pressure on our heart, and lowers blood pressure. This leads to greater cardiorespiratory health and better mental and emotional clarity. Meditations (sitting, other moving meditations, and guided meditations) are done at the end of each session.

Meditations do not have any religious connotations. However, they serve to adjust your heart rate, store your energy, center, connect, and inspire you. “The length of your life is determined by the number of breaths you take. Every day you should become breathless.” (Yogis) Numerous scientific studies on meditation show the vast variety of health benefits to be gained from “finding the secret within.”

Intention, Intuition, & Focused Energy

“Energy flows where attention goes. Destiny is in the instant.” Where is your attention now?

The most successful people most often set intentions and are very intuitive. Consciously or unconsciously, they use their intention and intuition to get where they want to go. In participating in Sacred Heights Tai Chi, intuition, a very practical, down-to-earth tool that is always available to help us deal with the decisions, problems, and challenges of our daily lives, develops and becomes more regularly accessible. The practice of the moving meditations of Chi Gong, Tai Chi, and other meditations, in addition to integrative health techniques taught in Kindergarten for Adults and New Age Life Skills for Middle School and High School helps people on their soul journey. This enables them to more frequently access intuition, and discover, cultivate, and intensify their focus in life.

These exercises aid people in determining life directions and opens them to their use of setting intentions, listening to their intuition, and understanding the importance of following their natural energy on their soul path in all things. Intuition speaks to us through insights, impressions, symbols, metaphors, images, divine whispers, and even screams. Because intuition connects us to the soul level of our existence, many people who develop their intuition find that it brings them into a deep relationship with their spiritual nature, and brings that spiritual connection into their daily lives.

We can reclaim and develop our natural intuitive abilities, to follow it and to allow it to become a powerful guide in our lives. Learn how to access, practice, and see where your use of intention, intuition, and natural energy lead you.

Balance & Weight Loss

“Weight issues are a concern of many people as is balance, as we age. Energy exercises help.”

Numerous scientific studies report that Tai Chi, Chi Gong, meditation and energy channeling help people have better physical balance and better mental, emotional, and spiritual balance which leads to better health. Weight issues are associated with imbalances. As we age, physical balance declines. However, Tai Chi and Chi Gong improve balance tremendously, decreasing chances of falling which is a common cause of injury in older people. Shamanic Reiki treatments address mental, physical, and emotional balance as well, and other integrative health techniques taught in Kindergarten for Adults address psychological issues which impact the physical.

Weight gain is linked not just to age and decreased physical activity but to a variety of mental patterns and habits that often the individual is not aware of. As an adjunct to a better diet, with regular Chi Gong, Tai Chi, and meditation practice, increased walking, and the addressing of mental patterns, weight loss does occur. Tai Chi and this style of Chi Gong are AEROBIC EXERCISES which increase the heart rate. You don’t have to beat up your body to lose weight. You will notice that the more in shape you get with these exercises, the less you will perspire. When you perspire, you are releasing toxins from your body and improving your body’s condition.

Important benefits from Tai Chi, Chi Gong, and Meditation are cardiorespiratory function and muscle strength.

New Friendships

“What better way to make a friend!”

Learning these exercises and integrative health techniques in a classroom is an experience not always easily learned from a videotape or book. Personal instruction and friends who are also on that journey are invaluable. Although independent reading and practicing at home is important and encouraged in order to cultivate greater and energy and health, when you practice in a group, you develop the correct form, the discipline, and gain the necessary support and inspiration to continue your journey into integrative health.

Group classes enable you to perform the technique more precisely and you honor the time. In a group situation, people tend to push themselves more in growing their abilities. Students then reap the benefits of everyone’s energy and, in learning the Eight treasures, you will make friends you will treasure. Many of my students are among my best friends.

In these classes, you will find you connect on a different level, a deeper level. Just take a peek at the faces of others during class, and you will see what you too can experience in a room full of supportive co-seekers and co-learners.

Workshops

“In Kindergarten we explore ourselves and the world. Where is that child in you today in relationship to the world, and do you define your life’s work as play?”

In Sacred Heights Workshops you are guided to become a child with experience, to recognize and communicate with your “sacred self” to better enable you to make more joyful decisions in your life. In these workshops you create your personal plan to empower, energize and realign/jumpstart your abilities in dealing with life-- health, money, and relationships. In attending these workshops, you will leave with a variety of tools and techniques in integrative health practices and energy medicine to create a personal plans just right for you. The plans you create and tools used will address the body, mind, and spirit in empowering mindbodyspirit activities. After these workshops, you will never see your challenges in life in the same way and you will know more how to nurture yourself.

Every human is born with some sort of gift or gifts, an inclination or an instinct that wants to become a full-blown mastery. We may not see our gifts for what they are or we may be done with one gift and evolving into another. If we’ve seen the gift, we may not choose to accept it or, having claimed our gift, we may not be willing to do the work necessary to nurture and birth it. If wants are not manifesting, there may resistance or contradictory beliefs, conscious and/or unconscious that are stopping the attraction of what we want to manifest. This may occur at different moments or stages in our lives. Whatever stage you are in—single nester, empty nester, retired, each of us is a master of something, and part of being fully alive is to discover and develop our soul path in this lifetime, experiencing JOY every day. Where are you on your soul path? How do you look at your challenges and how are you handling them? Are you recognizing your gifts, sharing them, living the life you want to live, in joy? As you change the way you feel, you access the Energy that creates worlds.

Please leave me your contact information so I can add you to the list of those who wish to explore and make regular contact with that child with experience, your “Sacred Self,” the non-physical part of you. The name is not important—God, Source, Divine, Soul, Higher Self, Sacred Self, Inner Being, etc. but the communication is.

NOTE: physical recreation, snacks, and recess are included. Bring a pillow, blanket, coat, water bottle, and layered clothing.

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Credits

With love and deep appreciation I thank my Mom-- Lolita L. Pokral who saw my soul, for enrolling me in ballet class which was an entrance to a whole world of movement, opening sacred heights to me. I also thank her for putting the video camera into my hands and into my sons’ hands. Spirit can’t get much more direct than that! I thank my Dad—Robert E. Pokral who enabled me to have a fantastic education so that I could more easily pursue my interests, and both my parents who encouraged respect, love, and awe of nature. I thank my sons-- Nikko and Ari Pokral for the Tai Chi video, the Persian Dance photos, and for their unconscious inspiration to delve more deeply into the power of sacred heights, and, I thank my dear friend Kenny Dunn for the Chi Gong video.  My deep appreciation also to food photographer Peilin Chiu and wildlife photographer Joni James for the treasure chest of photos they took and to William Greely of Greely Design Company for making this web site a brilliant reality.


I also thank of course, my teachers along the way, in particular, Master Cheng Tsang Lu in Utah and my students, past and present, in Indiana and Utah, who come to me when they are ready, and stay with me through the years. The friendship and spirit of my students are treasured, and learning is reciprocal.