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Acupressure

PLEASE READ: ACUPRESSURE/CHINESE MEDICINE TOPICS
On the second Wednesday of every month in Spring and Summer quarters 2018, three 2-hour acupressure classes will be offered between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The classes offered will be decided by student interest. To cast your "vote," read through the 13 choices below and email the instructor at or call or text to (510) 798-8626. By the first Wednesday of every month the 3 classes with the most number of students indicating they will sign up will be announced on this page, and will be available for registration online, in the WCCAE Alvarado Campus office or by mail-in.

Classes will take place on the second Wednesday:
• 11:00 am-1:00 pm,
• 1:30 pm-3:30 pm,
• 4:00 pm-6:00 pm.
It is our aim to be optimally responsive to student interest.
For the month of April, classes 1 and 2 below are available for registration

1. ACUPRESSURE PRINCIPLES: YIN AND YANG
The concept of Yin & Yang is central to Chinese philosophy and medicine. This brief introduction touches on the nature of Yin & Yang, their relationship to each other, and their manifestations in the body. Simple qigong exercises, as well as acupressure point combinations for the ears and eyes, will be taught to help students embody the concepts. It’s best to take this class before taking The Vital Substance Qi and The Five Elements, but it can be taken independently. Please note: This class is intended to complement, not replace medical care. Students are encouraged to consult a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.

2. ACUPRESSURE PRINCIPLES: THE VITAL SUBSTANCE QI
Qi (pronounced “chee”) can be called the material substrate of the Universe. Three essential forms of Qi, the Three Treasures (Jing [“Essence”], Qi [matter-energy] and Shen [Mind-Spirit]), will be introduced and illustrated with simple qigong acupressure exercises and point combinations for disharmonies typical for each. It’s best to take this class after taking Yin & Yang and before The Five Elements, but it can be taken independently. Please note: This class is intended to complement, not replace medical care. Students are encouraged to consult a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.

3. ACUPRESSURE PRINCIPLES: THE FIVE ELEMENTS
Along with Yin & Yang, the Five Elements are the core of Chinese philosophy and medicine. Ancient Chinese doctors applied dynamics observed in nature to the body. Students will be introduced to key correspondences for each element, including qigong movements, as wellmas simple acupressure point combinations to address a common disharmony of each element. It’s best to take this class after taking Yin & Yang and The Vital Substance Qi, but it can also be taken independently. Please note: This class is intended to complement, not replace medical care. Students are encouraged to consult a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.

4. ACUPRESSURE FOR BACK PAIN
As many as 80% of people in the U.S. will experience back pain sometime in their lives, either a sudden acute episode or a chronic condition. Acupressure can give relief for both. Several points will be shown for each type, both hands on and in a handout. Emphasis will be laid on embedding back care in the context of 4 Pillars of Health: Sunshine – Exercise – Energy
Balancing (both self-help and professional) – Diet. Please note: This class is intended to complement, not replace medical care. Students are encouraged to consult a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.

5. ACUPRESSURE WHOLE FOODS AND OSTEOPORORSIS
This class is best taken after "Beyond Organic: Healing with Whole Foods." Emphasis will be placed on movement, nutrition and acupressure (both self-help and professional) to support not only the bones, but the internal organ energy systems that, according to Chinese medicine, are responsible for bone health, especially the kidneys. Please note: This class is intended to complement, not replace medical care. Students are encouraged to consult a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.

6. ACUPRESSURE FOR THE EARS
Enrollment is limited to 8 students. According to Chinese medicine, the ears are "governed" by the kidneys. Other organ systems play significant roles in various ear issues as well, including the heart, lungs, liver, gall bladder and spleen/pancreas. Students will be shown acupressure point sequences to energetically support the above organs in cases of hearing loss, tinnitus ("ringing in the ears"), earache, itchy ears, etc. The instructor will demonstrate point locations and assist students in locating the points on themselves. The handouts illustrate the points and show their associations with underlying organ disharmonies. Dietary and lifestyle adjustments for auditory health will be covered, as well as the importance of professional energy work, such as acupressure, for resolving ear issues. Personal anecdotes illustrate the effectiveness of the points. Please note: This class is intended to complement, not replace medical care. Students are encouraged to consult a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.

7. ACUPRESSURE FOR EMERGENCIES
Enrollment is limited to 8 students. Learn acupressure points for reducing the effects of – or even stopping – a heart attack,
stroke or seizure, as well as for restoring someone’s consciousness or breathing. The handout lists signs and symptoms of a heart attack, stroke and seizure, and contains images of the acupressure points, which the instructor will demonstrate and assist students in finding on themselves. Personal anecdotes illustrate the effectiveness of these emergency points. Please note: This class is intended to complement, not replace medical care. Students are encouraged to consult a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.

8. ACUPRESSURE FOR THE EYES
Enrollment is limited to 8 students. The Liver energy system, according to Chinese medicine, has a predominant influence on the eyes. Improper diet, insufficient exercise and certain emotions can throw it out of kilter, causing various eye complaints, as well as other conditions. More than a dozen acupressure points will be covered for reducing or potentially eliminating blurry, cloudy, foggy, dim or filmy vision, as well as near- or far-sightedness, eye pain, redness of the eyes, floaters (spots before the eyes), eye tremors, flashing lights and other conditions. The handouts illustrate thempoints and show their associations with underlying organ disharmonies. Dietary and lifestyle adjustments for auditory health will be covered, as well as the importance of professional energy work, such as acupressure, for resolving eye issues. Personal anecdotes illustrate the effectiveness of the points. Please note: This class is intended to complement, not replace medical care. Students are encouraged to consult a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.

9. ACUPRESSURE FOR HEADACHES
Enrollment is limited to 8 students. Learn how to reduce or stop headaches in different areas of the head by gently holding acupressure points on your body. A handout illustrates point locations, while guided practice reinforces the instructor’s demonstration of the points. Please note: This class is intended to complement, not replace medical care. Students are encouraged to consult a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.

10. ACUPRESSURE FOR INSOMNIA
Enrollment is limited to 8 students. Insomnia can be an incredibly complex condition to resolve. According to Chinese medicine, the quantity and quality of one's sleep depends on the Mind, which is considered "the spirit of the Heart”. Other organs, such as the liver, kidneys, stomach and gall bladder, can also benaffected, leading to difficulty getting to sleep, staying asleep or getting restful sleep. Learn what lifestyle adjustments in conjunction with self-help and professional acupressure can lead to restful sleep. Please note: This class is intended to complement, not replace medical care. Students are encouraged to consult a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.

11. ACUPRESSURE FOR MEMORY
Enrollment is limited to 8 students. Memory loss seems to be all around us, even among young people. Learn what roles Chinese medicine attributes to the Heart, Kidneys, Spleen and Lungs in short- and long-term memory. And how memory loss can be reduced – even reversed – with lifestyle adjustments along with self-help and professional acupressure. Please note: This class is intended to complement, not replace medical care. Students are encouraged to consult a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.

12. ACUPRESSURE FOR THE STOMACH
Enrollment is limited to 8 students. Learn how to reduce or stop a stomach ache or other stomach discomforts using acupressure points. A handout illustrates point locations, while guided practice reinforces the instructor's demonstration of the points. Please note: This class is intended to complement, not replace medical care. Students are encouraged to consult a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.

13. BEYOND ORGANICS - Healing with Whole Foods
Enrollment is limited to 8 students. This class is based on Paul Pitchfords book Healing with Whole Foods (3rd ed. 2002), and incorporates key points of The China Study (revised 2016), as well as of Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition (2013), both by T. Colin Campbell, PhD. Topics: the nutritional benefits of unprocessed, unrefined organic plant-based foods; proper preparation to unlock those benefits; the crucial role of pure water; the importance of the manner in which we eat; the vital contributions that exercise and sunshine make towards recovering and maintaining good health. Please note: This class is intended to complement, not replace medical care. Students are encouraged to consult a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment.


Movement/Energy Practice

BA DUAN JIN (EIGHT BROCADES)
Ba Duan Jin, or the Eight Brocades, is an easy form of Qigong to learn. The combination of movement and breath has been practiced for over 2,000 years and is the beginning form taught at the Shaolin Temple in China. Anyone can do this form, even doing it from a chair if needed. Sitting meditation will also be part of the class, as well as a brief set of warm up movements.
Course Code
Instructor
Site
Room
Fee
Starts
Meetings
Days
Time
70115.00
Miner
Alvarado
8
$48
6/25
3
Mon
9:30-11:30am


DAYAN QIGONG - PART A & PART B
Students will learn one of the most popular forms of Qigong used in China today. Dayan Qigong means the Wild Goose Form. This practice consists of 64 movements that flow from one movement into the next. In addition to learning the form, the students will learn a warm up set of exercises to increase flexibility and balance. Students are encouraged to "move at their own pace." Adaptations can be easily made for motor impairments or mobility concerns. Part A includes moves 1-32, and Part B includes moves 33-64.
Morning Session - Part A
Course Code
Instructor
Site
Room
Fee
Starts
Meetings
Days
Time
70130.00
Miner
Alvarado
8
$160
4/9*
10
Mon
9:30-11:30am
*No class 5/28
Evening Session - Part B (Please note time change from 7:00-9:00pm, to 6:30-8:30pm)
Course Code
Instructor
Site
Room
Fee
Starts
Meetings
Days
Time
70135.00
Dey
Alvarado
8
$160
4/11
10
Wed
8:30-9:30pm


STICK STRETCHING
MyMoving with sticks. This is a gentle movement class using 4-foot long sticks to help improve balance, flexibility and posture.
Course Code
Instructor
Site
Room
Fee
Starts
Meetings
Days
Time
70180.00
Miner
Alvarado
8
$40
7/16
2
Mon
9:30-11:30am
*No class 7/4

Pilates/Yoga

PILATES/STRETCH I - BEGINNING
Enrollment is limited to 20 students. Pilates is a method of exercise that combines flexibility, muscle strengthening and endurance. Pilates is very popular among dancers and athletes because it emphasizes balance, awareness, development of the body, and self-control. For those looking for immediate results, Pilates practice has shown tremendous results in providing relief from chronic back pain and is recommended by doctors to support post-surgery rehabilitation. In the beginning Pilates class, we will start by learning the fundamentals. Foam roller and a Thera-Band are required. Both can be purchased from the instructor.
Course Code
Instructor
Site
Room
Fee
Starts
Meetings
Days
Time
70155.00
Younes
Alvarado
MPR
$100
4/12
10
Thu
5:00-6:15pm


Wellness

INTEGRATED WELLNESS
In this course, you will be easily working at all levels on this transformational course: sleep, nutrition, stress management, yoga and meditation, time and task management, life coaching, work, relationships, self-esteem, commitment, reshaping bad habits, etc. Most importantly, you will work with ease and at your own pace. Students will need to bring: a mat, comfortable clothes and journal/pen.
Course Code
Instructor
Site
Room
Fee
Starts
Meetings
Days
Time
70128.00
Dante-Barragan
Alvarado
8
$108
4/11
9
Wed
4:00-5:15pm


T'ai Chi

T'AI CHI
The gentle art of meditation through movement is taught through a series of easy-to-learn movement patterns, which focus on self-awareness and flow. T'ai Chi is healthful for all ages and physical conditions.
Course Code
Instructor
Site
Room
Fee
Starts
Meetings
Days
Time
70160.00
Umeki
Alvarado
MPR
$85
4/17*
7
Tue
11:00am-12:30pm
70160.01
Umeki
Alvarado
MPR
$60
6/26
5
Tue
11:00am-12:30pm
*No class 4/24, 5/1, 6/12


Yoga

YOGA I (BASICS OF KUNDALINI YOGA)

Techniques of breathing, stretching, strengthening and relaxation combine to reduce accumulated tension, improve circulation, and increase overall stamina and flexibility. This vigorous yet relaxing form of yoga will give you an immediate experience of increased vitality and mental clarity. This class is designed for beginners and more experienced yoga students. You progress at your own rate and work comfortably at your own level of fitness. Please bring a blanket or mat.
Course Code
Instructor
Site
Room
Fee
Starts
Meetings
Days
Time
70195.00
Khalsa, S.A.
Alvarado
MPR
$108
4/11
9
Wed
5:45-7:00pm


YOGA II

Course Code
Instructor
Site
Room
Fee
Starts
Meetings
Days
Time
70165.00
Dante-Barragan
Alvarado
MPR
$108
4/9*
9
Mon
5:45-7:00pm
*No class 5/28


HATHA YOGA WITH BLUE SKIES

This is your Basic and Advanced Yoga Poses class. ALL levels welcome. MODIFICATIONS are shown for the less able but it is a floor class. For info, email yoga4blues2@gmail.com
Course Code
Instructor
Site
Room
Fee
Starts
Meetings
Days
Time
70145.00
Luke
Alvarado
MPR
$60
4/12
5
Tue/Thu
9:30-11:00am
70145.01
Luke
Alvarado
MPR
$84
5/3
7
Tue/Thu
9:30-11:00am


HATHA YOGA WITH LILIANE
Enrollment is limited to 25 students. Yoga combines physical postures, relaxation, breathing, and meditation techniques. Through various combinations of practices, the yogi undergoes a complete and harmonious development – physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
Course Code
Instructor
Site
Room
Fee
Starts
Meetings
Days
Time
70150.00
Younes
Alvarado
MPR
$120
4/10
10
Tue
6:00-7:30pm