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Clinics and Apprenticeships
Understanding These Terms
Classical Chinese and Traditional Tibetan Medicine
No aspect of Eréne’s work is independent from another—her goal is to help you develop a deeper sense of the human experience through all of them—but sometimes it helps to define the parts, and Classical Chinese and Traditional Tibetan Medicine are a large part of Applied Qi Gong. Both Classical Chinese Medicine and Traditional Tibetan Medicine have similarities but each have their own genesis and are complete systems on their own.
She generally begins with Qi Nei Zang(also Chi Nei Tsang) abdominal massage which she has been using for near two decades in her work.
“The abdomen is like a topographical map of the entire body,” says Lejeune of the practice of Qi Nei Zang. “The abdomen reveals a great deal. It’s not any more valuable than any other healing arts modality; I simply have an affinity and a relationship with the information I get from the abdomen,” she says.
After working together to identify your goals, Lejeune applies a variety of techniques to help you on your path forward in life and in health. These may include cupping, herbs, moxibustion, therapeutic massage, acupressure and reflexology.
“I approach my work with each individual according to the principles of relationship. I’m not simply filling your experience with more information, busy work, dogma or things to do in which to make yourself better. None of us exist without our relationship with each other and our reflection of world and community we live in. In this way, I feel it is better to express the relationship as more teacher/student. We are already complete and harmonious beings. I simply have made it my business to understand, to the most minute detail, how to help someone else reflect on their own experience in such a way that this contentment is realized. Don’t be so serious! If you struggle for the reprieve, you won’t find it. If you make space for joy, you may find that you are already joyous.”
Feng Shui and Sa Che
Feng Shui and Sa Che are the Chinese and Tibetan systems of geomancy practices, respectively. Applying these principles is a way to enhance the environment one lives and/or works in by understanding it as a living, changing space. We are a part of nature and nature is in relationship with us. These techniques harness qi for a dynamic interplay of all the natural principles that are within and surround us.
Visualization and Meditation
There are numerous techniques to help redirect thoughts away from everyday distractions and focus them instead on breathing and quiet reflection, contributing to a shift of the mind and body. There is no aim. By regularly and continuously drawing out stillness and simple reflection, you begin to develop a new practice. We are always practicing something. Sometimes the business of our daily practice overpowers a less ambitious inner quiet. By opening and stretching space and time, you may invoke a more direct relationship with yourself, your relationships, your capacities and your potential. The goal is not change, but rather acceptance—acceptance of all facets of the self.
Chinese Polestar Astrology and I Ching Divination (Zhou Yi)
By appreciating the sweeping cycles of time and understanding the way things are, we can adapt and reach our true and highest potential. By embracing the combination of character and fate under which we were born, we gain insight into ourselves, our lives and even the human condition. By interpreting and understanding our capacities, we transform our fate into freedom. We are not so different from each other, simply realizing our capacities under different circumstances and potentialities. For Chinese Polestar Astrology, you will supply your birth date, place and time which will generate a natal chart, a yearly or decade progression. It is recommended to first do a natal chart. This consultation greatly emphasizes one’s character profile(year and hour) and highlights capacity in relation to fate/freedom.
I Ching divination is a fun way to explore the principles of ancient Chinese philosophy and approach to the world we live in. Ask a question or two, throw some coins and learn something you already know. The translation of the I Ching is by Liu Ming.
The divination practices of ancient China are not fortune telling techniques. The process is more of a conversation that relates to one’s fate/freedom profile. This playful exchange between fate and freedom from this tradition is meant to open the hardness that we often find in our circumstance. Nothing is set in stone. From this perspective, time and space are in relationship to self; we are not bending the universe to our will or manipulating our experience to get something. We still apply all principles of reciprocity(gan ying) so that our understanding is less who/what/when/where/why and how much stuff will I be able to buy and more...is it time to move forward, sit still or retreat?
Nei Gong, Qi Gong
Movement and balanced stretching help invigorate energy through the body, enhancing physical and emotional well-being. Such movement can reduce stress, and increase flexibility, strength and coordination. With regard to movement, bending and stretching combined with breathing help move energy through the body, including the joints, muscles, ligaments/tendons, organs and all other tissues and systems of the body. Our objective is to move gracefully in our bodies with the facilities that we have, and increase our capacity without strain but with a satisfying level of work and a drop of vigor. Use it or lose it!
GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercise methods
The movement system developed by Juliu Horvath is one that is completely accessible to all ages and facilities. To find out more about this amazing system of exercise, check out: https://www.gyrotonic.com/article.aspx *Method available 2017
Nourishment isn’t a diet or a fad. It’s an opportunity for rejuvenation, balance and freedom. Seeing what we eat as nourishment and energy is one element of getting and staying healthy in body, mind and spirit. Diet has always been considered an extremely integral part of traditional medicines. It is in this spirit that we augment our daily sustenance with edible herbs, changes in timing, better sleep or simply diversifying our palates in order to increase our digestive abilities, thereby enhancing our healing and growing potential. Specifically drawing from the Chinese system of Qi Nodes or 24 seasonal cycles of the yearly calendar(jie qi), we can play with the incredible abundance and availability of delicious food at our fingertips. Simply profound and personally satisfying, choosing your food from a place within yourself unencumbered by the myriad of dogmatic modern diet advice is a cornerstone of a life well-lived. Create an appetite for life and sound diet choices will follow.
Eréne has traveled and studied traditional medicines in Asia and the US since 2000. Her interest in traditional medicines began in 1998 in Portland, Oregon where she apprenticed Eduardo Chavarria, bio-energetic massage therapist, psychotherapist and mayan shaman. Eduardo taught Eréne the unique importance of visceral manipulation and how to access and read holding patterns in the body through the abdomen. In 2000, she began to study with Chi Nei Tsang practitioner, author and educator, Gilles Marin in Berkeley, California. She received her advanced practitioner and educator credentials from the Chi Nei Tsang Institute in 2003 under his tutelage. In 2008, Eréne received her Master Herbalist Diploma from the American College of Healthcare Sciences in Portland, Oregon where she also attended Portland State University. Eréne was fortunate to study with Liu Ming, founder of Da Yuan Circle from 2005 until his death in 2015 and currently sits on the Board of DYC. Her studies with Ming included chinese medicine, the mantic arts(polestar astrology, feng shui, calendar cycles(jie qi), and the zhou yi(I Ching)), Nei Gong, nutrition from a chinese medicine perspective, and the daily study of the Tao Te Ching, tea ceremony, meditation and much more. In 2013, Eréne completed Liu Ming's Polestar Natal Astrology course and offers this service as a compliment to her classical eastern medicine approach. Eréne began her study of Traditional Tibetan Medicine(TTM) in 2008 with Dr. Nida Chenagstang, director of the International Academy of Traditional Tibetan Medicine(IATTM) and was fortunate enough to accompany him to his home in Amdo, Tibet in the summer of 2010. After this unique internship emphasizing clinical studies in the mountains of Eastern Tibet and at Qinghai Hospital, she accepted the position of Executive Director of The Sorig Institute, a school of Traditional Tibetan Medicine based in the Bay Area. Eréne passed the institute off to capable hands in 2012 in order to start her next project, being a mom and she has been moderately successful in this endeavor. In 2014, Eréne was among a small group of students and the first group in the United States to complete the Four Tantras and to receive the transmission from
Dr. Nida. She plans to continue her studies with him for the foreseeable future. Having been an athlete and dancer her whole life, Eréne began using the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercise methods developed by Juliu Horvath. She has studied with various master trainers since 1998 and is currently studying with Debra Rose and is excited to finally offer this amazing holistic movement system as part of her work.Eréne feels incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to study and travel with many great teachers and practitioners of traditional medicines and spiritual practices from around the world. Her practice is in honor of, and reflects these people and influences and continues to grow.
Eréne is ambassador for philanthropic projects for Da Yuan Circle, a bay area non-profit begun by Liu Ming and a small number of like-minded individuals of diverse backgrounds: http://www.dayuancircle.org/about/. There are various ongoing projects dedicated to the preservation and promotion of culture, education, understanding and the environment . Future and past projects are in Tibet, Bhutan, China and Sikkim, India. If you would like information on how to contribute to any of these projects please contact Eréne directly.
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