INTENTION: United Tai Chi digest 1/22/14


  • A sub-season of Winter (Water element) is no doubt the long awards show “season” that dots the wintery landscape like so many footprints in the snow.  And no doubt during this “season” you have been hearing or seeing a lot about the David O. Russell / Eric Singer film “American Hustle”.  In one of the key defining moments for Jennifer Lawrence’s character Rosalyn, she tells her con artist husband Irving (Christian Bale) how she has impacted his late-in-the-story-arc actions based on reading the Wayne Dyer book “The Power of Intention”.  Intention is a word we hear a lot in our Tai Chi classes. Our own instructor Christian often discusses intention as the unifying factor in the varied styles, forms, instructors, schools and student attempts for internal arts practices. When it all comes from the heart, then you are not doing it wrong.  And Master John Armstrong this weekend talked about intention as it relates to always keeping your center in mind as you move through the postures. Like a cat following a mouse, the cat always stays on her center line. And, while it may seem a bit common-sensical, Dr Dyer’s book shares these phrases about intention:  “If you aren’t doing what you love and loving what you do, your power of intention is weakened. You attract into your life more of the dissatisfaction that isn’t the face of love. Consequently, more of what you don’t love will appear in your life.” That a recent high profile film has brought ‘intention’ into the limelight is perhaps in itself not an accident. That intention got name-dropped during a holiday release seems a subliminal message.  A mindfulness product-placement if you will.  With some recent Huffington Post stories, and David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education events  about the growing need for internal arts, mindfulness, meditation, and the popularity grown for tai chi in the wellness field, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Super Bowl half-time show next month now allotted time for a group exercise in intention and mindfulness.  Principles of the Tai Chi Classics herald that your intent moves your qi.  Bruce Frantzis of Energy Arts talks about how the mind moves the qi with intent:  “Your mind has a specific goal of what you want to occur. You then, without tension, gently focus will and intent like a laser to accomplish X…then advance step by step, one stage building on the next, until you reach a high level of chi development.”  Harking back to the film, “In Rosalyn’s efforts to operate from her own sense of integrity, she keeps everyone else honest, whether they want to be or not.”  (Brent Marchant )  Here is hoping you and I all strive to keep moving with intention, integrity and honesty on our journey.


  • Wrap-up of recent classes:  Baskets as your transition piece between some postures, more dragon tongue kick work, play the pan pan, merry go rounds, microcosmic orbit, heaven and earth hands. Moving tension, anger or yang energy by living from the back of your spine and ‘swallowing your pride’. Learning to recognize yang aggression in others. Stirring the can of paint with your hips. Parry re-direct and your center line. Single whip. Thirteen postures (and hey on Thursday we did the full floor, made it all the way to the mirror)!  Monday, a light holiday attendance — discussed the ‘springing’ action of compression/expansion with your bubbling well energy and more finite detail work on shoulder-strike, white crane, and dragon tongue kick.   


  • Student News & Events:  Heard from Ellen W via Email, she has been out with some musculoskeletal issues and says ‘hi’ to everyone; send some positive healing thoughts on her recovery. Our sincere condolences from our Tai Chi family to Deb O who lost a family member last week. Welcome back Christine H. For some of you West Chesterites from Chester County Night School tai chi, there is a Raqs Sharqi belly dancing class on January 30 at 6.30pm at  There is a free talk on treating common illnesses with complementary homeopathic medicine, by Kristen Santangelo at Lionville Holistic Health Center on January 29 at 7p  Coming soon: hoping to try landing a time slot for a Tai Chi class at Eat Drink Om Yoga Café in West Chester.  Also, how many of you would be interested in a Body Openings class locally? If any of you work near Philly on Tuesday evenings there is a Qigong fundamentals & healing sounds group class through at 7pm– see   Congratulations to my nephew and his new bride, Jason & Brittany. Welcome@ ajctaichito, @bjackson165 in California and @nuneborac our Twittersphere. 


  • 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

Thursday Night

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr Exton

[90 min., small   class attention, Tai Chi

 *$25 drop in   rate]



7:00 PM

Monday night

Jan6 to   Feb24

Chester County Night School, Tai Chi class

820 Frank Rd in West Chester

$62   pre-pay for 6 classes,   Order at


(except   1/20)

7.30 PM



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

Kathleen Rice     


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