Artist and Meditation Teacher
Meditation Instructor Karah Pino has a Clinical Master’s degree in the four branches of East Asian Medicine:
Acupuncture, Herbal Formulas, Shiatsu Massage and Qigong.
Karah was first certified to teach Qigong in 2005 and continues to study with Master Liu He through the Ling Gui International Qigong School.
Along with teaching the Qigong forms Thousand Hands Buddha and Cherry Blossom Meditation she teaches beginning meditation courses exploring the 4 branches of Qigong: Movement, Sound, Visualization and Mindfulness.
Alongside Qigong, Karah has practiced Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka (Dhamma.org).
Additionally, Karah has a BA in interdisciplinary visual art. She primarily works conceptually, exploring meditation as an artform. She specializes in paper, ephemera, and experiential artworks.
Cherry Blossom Meditation
Each flower has 5 petals representing:
Together, these petals bring a full blossom of Love.
The Cherry Blossom is a timeless metaphor for human existence. Tied to East Asian cultures, the cherry tree blooms first of all flowering trees, representing courage and mindfulness, reminding us to live in the present.
Blooming season is powerful, glorious, and intoxicating. The blossoms begin around the middle of March and finish at the end of April or beginning of May. The cherry blossoms are spectacular to see, to feel, and to experience. The fragrance of cherry blossoms is said to heal the internal cold of winter.
Thousand Hands Buddha Qigong Form
The effect is fourfold:Ling Gui International Qigong School
-Calming the Heart
-Helping the Spirit attain Wisdom.
Experience calmness through movements and hand positions called mudras which are learned and practiced by Buddhists and depicted in historical artwork throughout Asia.
This Liu Family Qigong form is practiced in a seated position, suitable for all ages (beginning at age 7) and typically takes between six and eight hours to learn.
The method is known to prevent the heart from “galloping away” helping one to overcome stress and maintain the memory. This form is considered a superior spiritual healing Qigong method gently leading the practitioner into a deepening state of silence and peace, a little at a time.
Meditation as “Unwinding the Mind“
When we practice observing our own reactions, we can better understand the nature of our instinctual patterns and can learn to respond thoughtfully and creatively.
After allowing our initial, instinctive reaction to pass by, we then have more time to choose how to respond with intention and care.
The experience of being in a meditative state is one of calmness, peacefulness and a sense of well-being. After meditating, this sense of well-being will continue for a half a day (or until the next stressful event).
After meditating regularly, you will find that you are able to regain your calm more and more easily after a stressful event. You will also find that the feeling of peace gives your creative mind more space to find solutions to problems and this leads to less worry because you begin to trust in your abilities more and more.