Now Hear This: United Tai Chi 8/14/13 digest

  • Listen.  In Tai Chi and other internal arts we are encouraged to listen to what our bodies (our bones) are telling us. In our every day lives there are several degrees or pathways of listening. Are we active listening? Youth in classrooms can fake listening by their external posture, all the while being somewhere else inside their head.  We chide our spouse or our children for not listening even though physiologically sound is entering their ear canal. We can train ourselves after some time in a new environment to un-listen to the background white noise around us.  Hearing and listening can be viewed as two different concepts –hearing a more passive, unintentional, physiological experience; while listening is a more active and intentional process. Meditation helps us listen to our own thoughts and emotions. Likewise the stillness in movement principle of Tai Chi opens up our heart pathways to listen to not only our bodies, but our mind.  Dan Kleiman of Qi Gong Radio talks about learning to listen and cultivating our listening, for example in the two-person practice of Push Hands. I linked to that podcast once earlier this year, in case you missed it…
  •  Shares/Finds: Boston Healing Tao is hosting a weekend retreat and associate instructor training September 6-8 at Angels Rest in western Massachusetts (microcosmic orbit meditation, inner smile meditation, 6 healing sounds qi gong, and associate instructor training). Click here for info and registration
  •  Wrap-up of the past week’s classes:  Growing like a tree. Rooting. Using the concept of the circular path (tai chi principle) to find your next move when you get lost in the postures. Neck stretches. The various places where we find the Wipe Off posture. Slow motion part I of Yang 108. Standing meditations. Word of the day: “undulating”.   Where your mind intention is, blood goes. Knees – ‘relax’ versus ‘bend’. It is easier for your tailbone to relax when your knees are neither locked straight nor consciously bent. Wrist exercises. Connection between the kwah, hip and elbow during the Neutralize posture. Foot width transformations with age. Folding. Absorb/redirect. Scarecrows. Circles. Using the ying (underside) of your left arm in the Play the Pan Pan posture. Part I of Yang 108 done facing the back way (shaking it up).
  •  Student News and Upcoming Events:  Film fest Tai Chi DVD night in the works to come together as a group and watch some footage from Wakulla sessions and YMCA classes –stay tuned for updates.  Welcome Rick and thanks for trying out the night class at the pharmacy. Welcome new student Jay and welcome back Janet from traveling.  Thanks Deb for the picture of your grandson showing his “innate” internal arts connection.  Liz, thanks for “syzygy”.  Check out Lionville Holistic Health fall calendar of events . Christian will be teaching a Tai Chi course for Chester County Night School this fall on Monday nights, click here for details     
  •  Etcetera: Thanks @Taoareyou for this Keith Richards quote – “Everybody has a different way of telling a story, and a different story to tell.” 
  •  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:




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


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