January 29, 2013

Align and Balance seminar - March 31

We're excited to announce that Tom Nagel, a Zen priest and advanced practitioner of Zen Bodytherapy, will teach a one-day seminar at Daiyuzenji in Chicago. Entitled Align and Balance, the seminar will instruct techniques and exercises enabling participants to assist themselves and others to achieve efficient self-carriage. Self-carriage is achieved by leveling the pelvis and aligning and balancing the body in the vertical plane. A balanced body, integrated with gravity and in which energy flows freely, is one of the foundations not only of Zen practice but of overall well-being.

A word about Zen Bodytherapy: this dynamic bodywork instruction was created by William "Dub" Leigh, called "the Dean of American bodyworkers". A student of Ida Rolf and Moshe Feldenkrais, Dub's method truly emerged after his meeting with Tenshin Tanouye Roshi, then abbot of Chozen-ji monastery in Hawaii. It was from Tanouye Roshi that Dub learned to integrate the energetic component of bodywork. From the teachings of these three masters, integrated by Dub, emerged the methods of Zen Bodytherapy.

Though this seminar is not a formal Zen Bodytherapy training, it will serve to give participants a sense of what such training involves. They will come away with a set of alignment and balancing techniques they can use right away. But we will also use this event to gauge interest in a future series of trainings imparting the Zen Bodytherapy discipline.

All are welcome to Align and Balance:

- Sunday March 31, 10am - 1pm. Registration at 9:45am. You are free to attend Zen practice beforehand, starting at 8:00am.

- Donation:  $55. Proceeds benefit Daiyuzenji.

- Information or questions:   info@daiyuzenji.org

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