Resolution: United Tai Chi digest 1/1/14

NewYears2014

  • Happy New Year.  What is it that you are hoping to try, to improve, to study, or to let go of in 2014?  While many internal arts practitioners don’t wait for a mark in the calendar to impact their journey, you can’t help but notice from a cultural perspective many of us chose the dawning of a new calendar year to take stock of where we are and what else we want to accomplish. Maybe this is the year that you begin to incorporate more advanced breathing techniques into the form/postures/style that you have been training in. Or you will have a breakthrough moment with one o the postures that you had struggled with previously?  Or perhaps get closer to finding your “center”  with an eye towards realizing the impact of the tailbone on your other fitness activities as well as internal arts. A knot or closed-off area that you are finally able to relax into.  Are you the one who will share a new book, video, article, blog or newsletter with your classmates?  Or learn something from a new travel experience?  Our United Tai Chi year-in-review newsletter http://bit.ly/1kMoyXM  discussed workshops, events, classes and experiences we tried in 2013 and we look forward to sharing these and other new moments with you in 2014. One that starts this week for example, we will begin learning Part 3 of the Yang 108 long form, at the Thursday night classes held at the Lionville Natural Pharmacy Holistic Health Center. If you know of avenues to help us get more attendance/awareness locally for our World Tai Chi Day celebration in April let us know.  Likewise if there is another heading or bullet point topic you want to see occasionally in our weekly digest please share that with us. And as always, if you have questions for our instructor Christian, bring them up during classes or via email and Facebook (links below at the bottom of the digest each week).  2013 was an important building or discovering year for me here at United Tai Chi for unearthing a little more about myself and our students, and I hope that spark of inspiration burns brightly in 2014. Continue to share your “living the art” stories of where you find Tai Chi principles in the world around you.  I you don’t like food, films, gardening, pets, humor, camping/hiking, music, physics, the beach, speed skating, math, astronomy, dancing, motor mechanics…well then we shall find something for you to connect with eventually.  

 

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes:  Ten breaths, review of stances such as scissor, cat, 60/40 and front stance. Sealing the foot.  Cloud hands practice, neck exercises, disappearing the front of your spine, and care to not go outside of your harmonies.  Palm and kidney connection –this helps your opposite hand with strength (e.g., for weight curls) if you keep your other palm on its corresponding kidney. Hip and elbow connections in Play the Pan-Pan. White crane review. Reaching things better not by a forced stretch, but by relaxing into it.  And on the last class of 2013, in-depth look at Ward Off, Parry Re-direct, and Brush Knee (and the body openings therein). Benefits of slowness, and the principle of never stop moving.

 

  • Student News & Events:  “Sifu” Master Wei Lun Huang will be at a weekend seminar at the Boston Healing Tao in Somerville MA from February 28 through March 2, see details here http://bit.ly/19toA23  We’ll start work on Part III of Yang 108 form in the night pharmacy class this week. Our local YMCA blood drive on 12/20 was a success (and thank you Pat for being a frequent donor). Esther K says hello and has been following along with our activities via the newsletter and hopes to be back to classes in the new year.  January 31 marks the Chinese New Year and we are entering a year of the Horse (this is a Friday night, anyone up for a night out for Chinese food?)  In the “living the art” department (finding Tai Chi principles everywhere) –I caught two phrases repeated more than once in the new buzzworthy film “American Hustle” recently: (1) From the Feet Up, and (2) The Power of Intention.  Likewise over the Christmas break I found that Matthew McConaughey’s character in “The Wolf of Wall Street” seemed very much like an internal arts master—teaching DiCaprio’s young broker the importance of being grounded in the lower tan tien. Welcome a reader from Bermuda to our WordPress newsletter late last month. Welcome a new Twitter follower @CraneMedicine in Ontario.

 

  • Weekly Schedule:   

MORNINGS

Lionville YMCA  … 100 Devon Drive  Exton PA

Mon, Weds, Fri

7:30 AM

AFTERNOONS

Eagleview YMCA …699 Rice Blvd  Exton PA

Tues, Thurs

4:45 PM

Thursday Night

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr Exton

[90 min., small   class attention, Tai Chi

 *$25 drop in   rate]

Thursday

 

7:00 PM

Monday night

Starting   1/6/14

Chester County Night School, Tai Chi class

820 Frank Rd in West Chester

$62   pre-pay for 6 classes,   Order at http://www.chestercountynightschool.org

Monday

7.30 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 

WORDPRESSS weekly newsletter blog  http://www.unitedtaichi.wordpress.com

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

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

Kathleen Rice   unitedtaichi@gmail.com     

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