Group Rate: United Tai Chi 9/11/13 digest

One of our students practicing abroad.

One of our students practicing abroad.

  • Connecting groups.  Small group discussion. Study groups.  Earlier this spring we talked about one of the eight “Active ingredients” that Peter Wayne mentions in The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi (social and community interaction). Even Saihung in The Wandering Taoist has two acolytes –Sound of Clear Water and Mist Through a Grove, as he starts his exploration.  Though sometimes we like to practice alone, in the quiet of our own internal spaces, we cannot deny that part and parcel of our Tai Chi practice is the effect of others and the shared experiences of a group dynamic.  Why were at least 75% of congregants wearing the color blue at a service this weekend? There was no memo, nor email, phone-tree, smoke signal, et al, saying ‘Hey everyone were blue at 9am’.  There was not a special Blue holiday that I was aware of. No cookie monster nor Blue Man Group tribute.  And yet, just like with our fellow Tai Chi players, we were somehow part of a shared experience or connecting path, a sociological phenomenon, a mystical telepathy that keeps us stitched to one another.  How were you impacted by groups this week?


  • Shares/FindsInteresting article about how even the way you chop and prepare your food or your posture while standing can utilize Tai Chi influence to impact the result of the meal    You can listen to Tai Chi instructor and blogger Bean Curd Boxer (Paul Read) wax poetic on “What is Rooting” in this audio podcast  Bruce Frantzis of Energy Arts is promoting colleague Paul Cavel’s program launch of “Five Keys to Taoist Energy Arts” by rolling out a small video once a week, starting with (1)Circling Hands and (2)Building your qi with standing QiGong.  See


  • Wrap-up of the past week’s classes:  Welcome new students Dolores, Cosmo and Peter.  Two parts of Yang 108 Tai Chi form, ten breaths, thirteen postures. More tai chi walk/balance practice. Left foot transition options in Dragon Tongue Kick (beginner vs advanced; thanks Ron). Scissor step discussion for Play the Pan Pan. Practice testing your ability to block out radio/TV noise or monkey mind intrusions.


  • Student News and Upcoming Events: Thanks Rim for sharing your note about using your Tai Chi breathing practices during physical therapy. Welcome B.M.A. Italy @baguacademy to our Twittersphere. It is nice to see Christian back again after being sidelined last week. Jaclyn thanks for the update (and photos) from abroad –setting a fine example with your travel Tai Chi practice.  Happy belated birthday Irene.   Boot Road Park Monday nights…your last class is 9/16.  Thanks Deb for your comments on proprioception (9/4 Wordperess) and emptying (9/9 Facebook), and good luck to your dad.  Next week: another wayward summer traveler back in town?  Christian’s next Qi Gong workshop is Saturday September 28, 2pm –talk it up!


  • Etcetera:  Liz, I did not hang on to the railing this weekend, thanks.  Baby steps.


  •  Weekly Schedule:  (note Monday night wind down soon)



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

Monday night beginners

Beginners  at Boot Road Park (last   class 9/16/13)

110 W. Boot Rd  West Chester     $10 drop in rate.


6:00 PM


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

Kathleen Rice    


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