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Live Seminar: Aging / Yangsheng with Elisabeth Rochat - November 24-25, 2018

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with Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee.
Dates: Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 5:30pm; (includes a 1-hour lunch and 2 x 15 min breaks)
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711 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC

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CEUs Grapic
Standard Certificate, California (CAB), FL, IVAS, NCCAOM
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Course Type: This is a live in-person seminar event. Registrants will receive a set of notes.
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Course Overview:

Day One: Aging According to Classical Chinese Medicine: Preparing and Living Well for One’s Age 

Aging is part of life, but it can be normal or premature; it can be either a gentle decline with no serious imbalance or the start of a succession of imbalances which trigger or aggravate a pathological condition.  The Kidneys - and the fire of Mingmen - are basic in the process of aging; but, emotions and psychology, as well as the conduct of life, also play an important role.
We present how the classical texts consider longevity and the art of becoming old without losing the quality of vitality. Then, we will look at how the medical texts  - specifically the Suwen and Lingshu – see aging and how they describe the cycles of its emergence and manifestation. We will show how the organs preside over aging but also how aging can harm them. Furthermore, we will study the effects on blood and qi, on fluids, and the different qi elements of the body.
In addition, several pathologies will be examined, and some are due to the organic decline caused by old age, some are aggravated by it, and some develop complications that are characteristic of aging. Examples of phlegm, loss of sleep, somnolence, dementia, exhaustion, and others will be covered.
There will also be a more in-depth study on the pathology of memory loss.
Memory loss is either occasional, incidental, or linked to emotional states, exhaustion, blood stasis, or deficiency; it is also usually related to aging.
This class explains the relationship between loss of memory and the different organs, the patterns of excess or deficiency, their relationship with aging, and with sleep disorders. Texts from the classics are elucidated carefully. A synthesis of all causes and symptoms are offered. A strategy for treatments is given.

Day Two: Yangsheng: The Art of Nurturing Life and Its Relationship with Chinese Medicine

YANGSHENG: Nourishing or nurturing life – the way for a healthy, long, and enjoyable life
Amongst the texts and practices which formed the foundation of medical approaches and theory, Yangsheng or Nurturing Life is one of the most important, chiefly concerning the vision and understanding of Qi.

Nurturing life is concerned with the various aspects of life, particularly adaptation to moments of time and synchronicity with the seasons for action, food, activities, and movements of the mind as well as of the body, ruling emotion and sexuality. Following nurturing life principles results in good health, prevents diseases, and increases longevity.
Almost all of what forms normal daily activities, like Qigong, massage, medicine, diet, sexuality, adjusting to the environment, regulation of the emotions, cultivation of the mind, etc., relates to the art of Nurturing Life. The great model lays in observing Nature, understanding its underlying order, and following these inherent patterns in any activity.
This focus leads to the careful observation of the conduct of life and of its effects on the body and mind. The changes perceptible in the body are detectable through body fluids, body colour or complexion, alteration in breathing, modification in feelings, etc. All these manifestations are understood as the result of specific movements of Qi, which are analogous inside and outside the person.
We will study how the early texts on nourishing life inspired the early medical texts, and help the understanding of some basic concepts of Chinese medicine, specifically concerning physiology, diagnosis, and prevention. We will also see how body, mind and spirit are always involved together in any life activity.
Nurturing life is the only way to prepare and then live well in one’s old age, keeping the taste and joy of life until the end. It is also the best way to participate in the life of the universe, with full respect and help others to benefit from it. 
Ultimately, NURTURING LIFE is not only a body cultivation practice, but a spiritual path and an inner transformation.


Learning Goals & Objectives:

Elisabeth’s experience with study groups from all over the world has shown that when a genuine exploration of traditional Chinese texts is constantly rooted in clinical practice and confronted with personal experience, it: 
  • allows the practitioner to develop one’s art, invigorates one’s thought, and raises one’s vision and conduct;
  • it also allows one to link all the signs and symptoms presented by the patient,
  • to unify those of the mind and those of the body, and
  • to place the patient in their own life as depending on not only that of their progenitors but also as connected with the origin of all life.

Course Outline:

Day One - Aging:

1. The classical patterns of aging; the seasons of life; the variation of blood and qi along that time.  The sequence in the failure of the organs, due to aging.
2. The relationship between the origin and the end; the strength of the yuan qi (original qi), the yang of the kidneys, the Fire of Mingmen;  the importance of the essences (jing), of the kidneys, of the Water and the yin. Study of excerpts from the Neijing.
3. The difference between young and old according to the Neijing. The effects of the decline of the fire of Mingmen on the various organs and their pathology. Effects on the defensive qi.
4. Importance of the mind and of the spirit in the conduct of life, and in the aging process. Study of an excerpt from Lingshu ch.8.
5. Importance of diet when aging; some examples of useful recipes.   Some examples of needling and moxa to slow aging.
6. Problem with phlegm, clarity of mind, functioning of the bladder (incontinence, difficult urination). How they are frequent pathologies in older people and how to address them.
7. Loss of memory due to aging, the pathological process, and the link with the kidneys. Some treatments for loss of memory.

Day Two - Yangsheng: 

1. Brief historical presentation of this old Chinese concept and practices.
2. What is harmful and what is beneficial for life in what we allow to enter our body (atmospheric qi, breathing, diet, etc.). What brings disorder and disease, weakness and taxation in what we are.
3. Importance of the emotions.
4. Importance of the rhythms - the knowledge of the right time, the seasons, synchronicity.
5. The sexual relationships as the best example of what can either nurture or diminish vitality.
6. The observations and knowledge of Nurturing Life as one of the foundations of Chinese Medicine.
7. Nurturing life as Nurturing the life of the universe through one’s own life by cultivating the Heart-mind and the spirit.


Cancellation Policy:

  • $50 fee for cancellations up to 30 days before the course start date.
  • 50% refund on course fees up to two weeks prior to course start date.
  • No refund on course fees within two weeks of course start date.

Eastern Currents reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. We suggest that you register as early as possible to improve the likelihood of courses proceeding as planned. If Eastern Currents is forced to cancel an event, a full refund of course tuition only will be granted to those already registered.


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