Hello my friends my name is Jesse Lee Parker and I am so happy you have found your way to my website - you probably have read my profile on the other pages, and know that I have been a lifelong student of the Taoist Healing Arts - I have spent the past 9 years teaching Taoist Yoga in Japan, and have developed a beautiful local community here. Many people often ask me why am I living in Japan - well, the answer is simple - I love it here. Japan is such a mystical place of ancient beauty and pristine nature - and it has become the place I call home.
Now I wish to open my home to a select few - and invite you to come practice in my private studio - experience my life, and the amazing area of Kamakura. While we offer a Teacher Certification Program in the TaoYoga Arts System, we also welcome those who simply wish to journey to Japan, and experience the transformative practice of Taoist Yoga in the Kamakura area. If you are not able to journey to Japan, and still wish to go through the process of private training in order to gain Certification in the TaoYoga Arts System, we provide a wonderful Online Experience using Live Skype lessons, combined with our 5 Gates of Change Online Program. We look forward to seeing you soon, and please contact us with any questions...
Sincerely, Jesse Lee Parker
The Dragon Isle - Nihon - a place shrouded in legend and mystery - which calls us to imagine ancient days, of pristine nature, colourful shrines, and hidden Zen temples. Modern day Japan is a colourful place and a diverse culture has formed which intertwines spirituality, shamanism, ritual and mysticism into the everyday life. Japan in short - is truly an amazing contrast of the modern and the ancient living side by side - in an amazing fusion like no where else. Japan is the home of the TaoYoga Arts Association, and our home studio - One Cloud - which is located in the pristine natural area of Kamakura. This has been our hidden oasis, and we wish to now open up the rare opportunity for you to come and visit us in person, training in the Way of Taoist Yoga, Qigong and Taoist Meditation in the pristine Natural Wonderland of Kamakura, Japan...
Come experience the magic and mystery of the Dragon Isle with us - the place we call home - Live the Dream -
In my Life, when I was under apprenticeship, learning the Way of Taoist Yoga, Meditation and Qigong, I at times would dream of having a home studio, to practice and teach out of. Our dream has become a reality - in the hills of Kamakura, next to the Giant Buddha of Hase, we have founded our Studio - One Cloud - a wonderful retreat place, nestled against the quiet slopes of Kamakura Mountain - we have a wonderful space with a tatami grass mat meditation room, a hard wood floor practice area, and a secluded treatment room for Massage Therapy and Energy Healing sessions. The numerous temples, shrines, mountain trails and the scenic Shonan coastline are all within walking distance. Truly a perfect location to transmit the Ancient Wisdom of the Taoist Arts. Come and Experience the Way of Taoist Yoga, Qigong and Taoist Inner Alchemy with us - we look forward to seeing you soon.
Health is one of the greatest treasures we may have in this life. Truly, Health is Wealth. Your Health, Healing and Vitality all come down to one basic Foundation Principle - the quality and balance of your Inner Energy. The Taoist School has for thousands of years, focused on refining and developing the Way of Energy Development. In our training in Japan, or with Live Online Lessons, we will guide you to learn a systematic approach to Inner Harmony, Energy Cultivation, Rejuvenation and the Way of Life Transformation.
Taoist Yoga is an ancient art of mind-body harmony - Its practice spans over 5,000 years of continuous development and refinement in China, and include in-depth methods of health cultivation, self-healing and spiritual development. Taoist Yoga is the ancient precursor to the modern arts we see such as Qigong and Nei Gong. Taoist Yoga cultivates and awakens the "Qi" or Universal Healing Energy within the practitioner; Qi Energy is developed first through simple breathing exercises, movements and meditation.
In modern times, we face so many challenges, tensions and stress from daily life - often times many become overwhelmed, and as a result suffer physical, mental and emotional imbalance. Taoist Yoga is a wonderful Life Science which addresses all aspects of ourselves, and brings one back to a profound state of balance and inner harmony. This state of Harmony the Taoist often termed, 'Returning to Childhood' - through practice, we may journey back to the Child like State of Health, Happiness and Vitality.
The training and development of Qi Energy is such a very important focus in the TaoYoga Arts System - by learning the Secret of Qi energy, one may come to deeply understand the TaoYoga practice, ones life and the special relationship we share with nature.
In our TAO Foundation Teacher Training Course - we will explore and learn the Golden Lotus Form to transform and cultivate our Body and also deeply develop and experience our Qi Energy.
The Golden Lotus Form is such an amazing and complete method of practice, it brings one so many wonderful experiences and benefts through regular practice.
The Golden Lotus Form training includes balanced movement, systematic stretching and transformation of the tendon & fascia system, strength building, the holding of static poses, mudra and hand postures to develop and activate the Healing Qi Energy. The stretches and poses used in the Golden Lotus Form are very unique, as they will develop and open the Energy Meridian System, so the Qi Energy can fow and move in a balanced harmony within the body system. It is a complete and amazing system of practice and we are so happy to share it with you.
During our time training together in Japan, we will learn and explore the following aspects of the TaoYoga Arts system:
1. Golden Lotus Form - A Seated Taoist Yoga form which is composed of 7 unique sections - which systematically trains the entire body through use of Taoist Mudra, Poses and Yin Stretches for Developing Healing Energy, The Golden Lotus Form will Awaken the Dantian Center, Transform the Tendon & Fascia, Open the Joints, and Open the Energy Channels - bringing one to a state of Vital Health.
2. Natural Breath Training - Return to Childhood Breathing - a special Taoist Breath Work method to regain the Original Breathing Pattern experienced in childhood. Works to transform the negative emotion, and return to the calm and pure heart state.
3. Dantian Breath Training - Taoist Breath Work to activate the Core Energetic Center and Develop Inner Healing Energy. Returns one back to the state of Increased Vitality - Regaining a more Youthful State
4. Five Energy Gate Breath Training - Taoist Breath Work - which activates and open the 5 Energetic Gates of the Body, connects one to Nature and Universal Energy, and draws this healing energy into our meridian system to regain inner energy, and experience a Union with Nature and Harmony with the Seasonal Cycles.
5. Swimming Dragon Form - Taoist Movement Form - which will balance Yin/Yang Energy in the Body, harmonise the energy channels, balance the main Chakra Energy Centers, balance the endocrine system, open the spinal cord, relax the nerve system and bring one into a deep state of relaxation.
The study and exploration of the Energetic Body is a key theme and concept in the TaoYoga Arts System. The teachings of the Energy Body has been an oral tradition in most of the different Wisdom Traditions, and as a result, often we find incomplete teachings in modern times. We have created a unique teaching method, to give one a clear understanding on the Energetic System, and its relation to the Physical Practice and Technique.
During our period of teaching in Japan for over 9 years, we have organised and compiled a wide variety of our teachings in print form, and all of this has been put into our manuals with a lot of love. Diagrams of the Energetic Body, Taoist Yoga Theory and Principle, and the Principles of Taoist Cosmology. We have taken the Oral Tradition of the Taoist Path, and organised the teachings in a modern way, to shed light, wisdom and understanding
A key part of our Training Manual is the activity of daily journal writing and contemplation. We have compiled key sections from Taoist Philosophy to stimulate contemplation and self reflection - which will help to inspire your reflective journal writing. Journal writing is very important as we develop the ability of 'Self Observation', and 'Self Reflection' - which are very important skills as we begin to gain deeper awareness of our Inner Self.
Kamakura - 鎌倉 - is a coastal town in Kanagawa Prefecture, less than an hour south of Tokyo. One Cloud Studio, is hidden away in the hills of this amazing coastal town. The town of Kamakura was an ancient political center of Japan, and also an important spiritual center for Shintoism, Buddhism, and an important site of the development of Zen during the 12th Century. During your study with us at One Cloud Studio in Kamakura, we will take trips to the wonderful temples, nature areas and sacred sites together. Please check the details below of some of the Sacred Sites in Kamakura that we will visit together during your stay...
Kinpōzan Jōchi-ji is a Buddhist Zen temple in Kita-Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It belongs to the Engaku-ji school of the Rinzai sect and is ranked fourth among Kamakura's Five Mountains. The main objects of worship are the three statues of Shaka, Miroku and Amida Nyorai visible inside the main hall. The temple was founded in 1283 by Hōjō Munemasa (1253–1281)
Kōtoku-in is a Jōdo-shū Buddhist temple in the city of Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The temple is renowned for its "Great Buddha" (大仏 Daibutsu), a monumental outdoor bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which is one of the most famous icons of Japan. It is also a designated National Treasure, and one of the twenty-two historic sites being proposed for inclusion in UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
Zeniarai Benten, is a Shinto shrine in Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. In spite of its small size, it is the second most popular spot in Kamakura prefecture after Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū. This 800-year-old shrine is unusual as it is completely surrounded by high rock walls. Totally invisible from the outside, Zeniarai Benzaiten can be reached only through a tunnel and a narrow trail on its rear.
As I have been practicing Tao Yoga and Qigong with Jesse I have became so healthy, HAPPY and feel so good. I feel refreshed, full of energy and connected to nature as I practice the Way of Tao Yoga - it has been many years of practice now and I will continue for the rest of my life....
I am so thankful for this practice - I hope that more and more people can experience the Way of TaoYoga Arts with Teacher Jesse..!
We have designed a truly amazing in-depth course that will give you a complete Life Transforming Practice - this course is available at no extra cost to all our Teacher Training Students. You will have access to:
In Taoist Yoga we are taught one aspect of the Energy Body which are termed the 'Energy Gates'. The Energy Gates are the places where meridians connect in the body, and move from one area to another - for example for energy to pass from the arm into the torso, the meridians must pass through the Energy Gate located in the Shoulder Joint. Energy Gates are usually located in the major joint spaces - or more specifically in the 'Empty Space' between the bones of a joint. The Energy Gates often become blocked, and this causes stagnant energy, stiffness, pain and limits the movment of Energy through the Meridian system.
Our Teacher Training Program will teach you the Golden Lotus Form which uses specialised movement and stretches to physically open these areas so that the Energy may run smoothly through the whole system. Opening the Energy Gates is a very special aspect of Taoist Yoga Training.
When our Energy can run smoothly - with no blockage in the Energy Gates - we gain Vital Health, Healing, have MORE Energy, feel young & full of natural joy in life. Come and Join the Teacher Training and Kamakura Retreat to experience Taoist Yoga and Inner Energy Development - training with Jesse Lee Parker will truly transform your life...
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