Evolutionary: United Tai Chi 7/3/13 digest

  • We have just passed the half way marker of 2013 and I want to give a nod to change and trying new things. Growth and evolution are not foreign concepts to Tai Chi and the internal arts. Stagnation is a safety net that I used to think was safe to cling to. Not everything this year has been all sunshine and roses for me, but I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to discover and nurture new pathways or revisit old ones I thought I had long since lost. New skills, new friends, a new church, a re-awakened or renewed in the joy of writing, a brief moment on the stage, new teachers (in the school of life), and continuing to try new things in internal arts.  You’d think a bloody revolution for a change-resister like me.  Small increments. Movement in stillness. Thank you all for your feedback and support.


  • Shares/FindsJohn C sent me this beautiful Yang 24 style video link; someday my “Snake Creeps Down” will be…yeah not even close to that.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hou57TxCvCo&feature=em-share_video_user   If you want to see some written notes  about Qi Gong to share with people who’d be interested in Christian’s workshop, try Lee Holden’s blog  http://www.modernqigong.com/blog/  And from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and researcher William Tsang, published by the Elsevier Group: a study  “concluded that the hand-eye coordination in finger-pointing, which usually declines with age normally, was defied in older participants who practiced tai chi, showing that their accuracy was similar to that of the young control group participants” (worldtaichiday.org newsletter). 


  • Wrap-up of the past week’s classes:  Stretches and body openings. Breath orbit. Revisiting the three arm tan tiens in the transition from Split to Ward off. Yang 108 vocal notes for the lower half of the body.  Intention, not tension.  Alignments. The world in your tail bone. And apparently all our chi energy made the lights flicker on Thursday.  Part II of Yang 108 and looking at the transitions in Cover Cover and Box The Ears.  


  • Book of the week:  “Secrets of the Pelvis for Martial Arts: A Practical Guideby Michael Buhr


  • Student News and Upcoming Events: Thanks very much to those of you who attended my birthday dinner last week, I had a fun time and it was much appreciated to spend an evening with supportive friends. Finally got our newsletter last week into an online URL with my first crude attempt at a layout in a WordPress blog. Let’s hear it for Irene’s femur improvement from doing Tai Chi. Linda is out camping for the holiday week, I think Ray is still abroad, and Esther is off to the mountains.  Christian’s Qi Gong workshop event is coming soon, stay tuned for final date & time this month.  Christian will also be teaching at Chester County Night School this fall.  Welcome new student Ellen. Sorry John C didn’t get enough votes to “Kiss a Pig” at the YMCA fundraiser. @LighthouseTaiChi in the UK mentioned us in their “follow Friday” twitter a few days ago. And thank you to our Facebook supporters for one milestone growth marker for me as a first time page administrator. And Thank you to Mark Saltveit (“The Tao of Chip Kelly”) who enjoyed my Amazon review of his book and also shared last week’s newsletter with his sister, a Tai Chi instructor.


  • Etcetera: Be sure and thank a veteran or a current service member this “Independence” holiday week. Also no class on Thursday July 4.


  • Usual Weekly Schedule/sans holiday


Lionville YMCA  … 100 Devon Drive

Mon, Weds, Fri

7:30 AM


Eagleview YMCA …699 Rice Blvd

Tues, Thurs

4:45 PM


Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr

  [90 minute, small class attention, *separate fees   apply]


7:00 PM

New for spring: Evening

Beginners  at Boot Road Park (weather permitting)

110 W. Boot Rd       $10 drop in rate.


6:00 PM


  • Follow these links to our social media presence on the web:

 FACEBOOK   https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Tai-Chi/392555767502788

 TWITTER       http://www.twitter.com/unitedtaichi      PINTEREST   http://www.pinterest.com/unitedtaichi

     Have a great week, and may all your armpits have tuna sandwiches.

Kathleen        unitedtaichi@gmail.com    

(P³)   a PLUM POINT PUBLICITY production



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