On The Waterfront: United Tai Chi 8/7/13 Newsletter

Wolfeboro / Lake Winnipesaukee NH

Wolfeboro / Lake Winnipesaukee NH

  • Water. One of the five elements in Chinese medicine. A majority content of the human body. A goal to strive for in Tai Chi is the sensation that our bones become water. Water is a force that is both creative and destructive. Water is also reflective.  A Qi Gong viewpoint of water calls it an essence or vitality “that distinguishes life from non-life, and in many ways consistent with the Western understanding of a soul –the material aspect of divinity”.  (Wood Becomes Water: Chinese Medicine For Everyday Life by Gail Reichstein). I had the opportunity to be out on the water this past weekend, a chance to experience both its flexible yielding nature and its reflective properties. A chance to be in the elements with the wind and the trees. To perhaps inhibit its soulfulness. But going home is only one piece of a journey, one curve on a circular path that also must include the rest of the spaces we encounter outside the water. The spaces we all find joy to navigate.


  • Shares/Finds: Those of you who ever had designs on a Tai Chi flash mob, here is a sample of one in Europe this spring. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eaY8VkRAqWI  Tai Chi and Short Weapons seminar in New York City this weekend (August 10-11) at Addis Kung Fu with Sifu Dennis Dereje (who has studied with Master Wei Lun Huang). See http://addiskungfuacademy.com for info.  Women’s Health Magazine, September 2013 issue has an article “The Most Important 5 Seconds of a Your Life”, about self defense. In one of the sidebar call out boxes, it indicates that “people who meditate every day tend to be more attuned to details in the moment. They practice noticing their thoughts and emotions which can make them less likely to freeze up in scary situations, because they’re in touch with their instinctual emotions and not ruled by them”.  The complete article by Tim Larkin, is excerpted from his forthcoming book Survive The Unthinkable: A Total Guide To Women’s Self Protection.


  • Wrap-up of the past week’s classes:  Ten breaths. Slowly finding your center.  Self adjustments. Tai chi flash cards.  Five colored clouds. Folding. Listening to your bone marrow. Forgetting yourself. The ‘rock back’ mechanics of brush knee. Thirteen postures. Director’s cut extended version of Dragon Tongue Kick/Parry Redirect.


  • Student News and Upcoming Events:  From what I hear the Qi Gong workshop this past Saturday went very well, thank you to everyone who attended and shared your enthusiasm –I heard nice things from Deborah and Rick via Email and Facebook (where you can view the photos).  Stay tuned for a repeat soon. Those away traveling recently include Jane and Martina. I got my fill of shellfish at a weekend pilgrimage to my homeland in the lakes region of NH –from lobster rolls, to chowder, to scallops, to clam rolls…sorry no crab as a professional courtesy. Thanks to @EmpoweringQi for favoriting one of our Twitter posts. Thanks Ray for the Linkedin endorsement.  Life saving Red Cross blood drive at Lionville YMCA (8/23), register here http://bit.ly/1aJCcaF    


  • Etcetera: From  How To Be A Successful Tai Chi Teacher  (Bill Douglas) …”When you feel what you are saying, it changes the resonance of your voice and the vibration of the room. Sharing an experience with your students rather than talking at them is a shift in approach.”  I’m sure all of us would agree we are fortunate to have such a teaching experience at United Tai Chi.


  • Weekly Schedule  


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

Spring/Summer 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   http://www.facebook.com/UnitedTaiChi.chesco  

 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     

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