The Advocate: United Tai Chi 9/4/13 Digest

Qi Gong workshop Kerr Park 8/31/13

Qi Gong workshop Kerr Park 8/31/13

  •    Advocacy.  Are you sharing your enthusiasm for internal arts with friends, or rather do you sometimes feel like a Tai Chi nerd inside a bubble. We had a guest speaker at my church this weekend who related a story meant to convey his earlier social awkwardness inside what he called a Christianity bubble. When he was younger he spotted recording artist Dave Matthews in a shopping center parking lot and chased him down into a chocolate store, whereupon, having finally gotten to meet the performer he admired and ask for an autograph, could only think to say to him ‘You did a concert at my university last year, I heard it was a really good show. I did not go because the tickets were $75 and I thought that was too expensive.’  In his early years belonging to a faith or a group, Shelby felt a social awkwardness that sometimes left him feeling un-relatable or nerdy, but he eventually came to be a speaker/writer/advocate of what he was interested in.  I have been fortunate to witness that transformation in many of you students of the internal arts (and indeed myself)– the need to share, discuss and promote what it is that you have come to experience over time, inside yourselves. Thank you for continuing to be advocates of the mental, physical and emotional health benefits of Tai Chi to your community.



  • Wrap-up of the past week’s classes:  Tai chi walk, ten breaths, thirteen postures (worked on the wipe off, sink and push) and part I of Yang 108 done to the left.  Thursday, worked on our transitions between ward off postures or single whip; and another go at part I of the form done to the left. Holiday break.  Tuesday:  Thank you for your calmness and assistance and this was a place/moment for your healing energy intention.
  •  Student News and Upcoming Events: Thank you to Christian for the cleansing, healing and thoughtful Qi Gong workshop this past weekend in the park, and a big shout out to those who shared the day with United Tai Chi – Chris S, Chris M, Linda, Deborah, Judith, Martina, Steve, Phil, Jay, Al, Ellen and myself.  If you were unable to attend, be sure and catch the next one (and bring a friend).  Thanks Jay for the book download.  Thanks Ron for the Twitter follow. Books I’m navigating this week:  “Awaken Healing Light” (Mantak Chia) and soon pending shipping, “The Wandering Taoist” (Deng Ming Dao).  Thanks Judith for the free advertising at the mall–sporting our shirt out in public. Welcome Sifu Karl Romain to our FB page, nice to find you on that Dr. Oz video. For those of you who missed it, here is the link  One of the things I learned so far in “Awaken Healing Light” is that 2 of the ways we lose some of our ‘original qi’ are whenever we menstruate, and when we are talking too much – so you know what that means…I need to stop menstruating (ha!)


  • Vocab word bonus: Proprioception  –“an inner sense that works the central nervous system. The ability of your brain to communicate and coordinate the movement of different parts of your body. Your reflexes working to keep your body in balance. Nerve endings sense your body’s location and muscle spindle fibers communicate information to allow the muscles to maintain proper tension to support the joints. Good exercises to improve proprioception are those that challenge your balance and equilibrium—like tai chi.”  (courtesy of


  •  Weekly Schedule:



Lionville YMCA  … 100 Devon Drive  Exton PA

Mon, Weds, Fri

7:30 AM


Eagleview YMCA …699 Rice Blvd  Exton PA

Tues, Thurs

4:45 PM


Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr Exton

  [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  West Chester     $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.

Kathleen Rice    


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