Happy Hour: United Tai Chi digest 2/26/14


  • It’s 5.30 pm, your work day or likely your work week is winding to a close, the badges come off or the building security tags get tucked in into your car’s cup holder, you have filed your last TPS report.  For some what happens next is a cultural ritual, libations with friends at the local watering hole, or perhaps the chain restaurant near the office.  Where you wash off your stress, change your energy, breathe, or perhaps a kind of ‘chant’ if you will (“Did you hear what happened to Bob in Accounting today?”).  With your $3 drafts, half-priced appetizers, loosened ties and discarded reading glasses some are hoping to paint a picture of relaxation and joy. For others, in the study and practice of internal arts like tai chi and qigong, we have our own interpretation of “Happy Hour”. Or rather happy hours.  Our own moving meditation de-stressors, energy pathways, monkey-mind remedies, kidney awareness exercises (ha, bridging my ideas with the kidneys). We talked about the secret grin this past week in class—could it be that this is a reflection of our Happy Hour in action, our way to that picture of relaxation and joy I just mentioned.  Some of you locals or readers of my own personal social media know that I refer to my Friday dusk writing time as “Happy Hour”.  Another space in addition to tai chi, where joy and relaxation are on order, a place in my spirit where I can breathe and move.  This past Friday however, I did try once again a conventional evening ‘happy hour’ at a pub with a very large group. And you know what? I wished I was home…writing, or practicing qigong, or a quiet chat with a loved one. When was your Happy Hour this week, and who did you tip?       




  • Wrap-up of recent classes:  Shiny white polished bones, the skin-muscle-tendon-bone pathway, secret grin, shaking, shoulder wells, holding postures, and Ray’s extra cookie.  Qigong openers (10 Breaths, 8 Pieces of Brocade), humidity, shoulder strike, palm breath, 13 postures, linking and connecting …we are ocean waves building and receding. Thursday class 1: French pinkies, hitchhiking, and student questions like Ted’s regarding finding your center, and the breath pattern for 13 Postures; and Dave’s about Single Whip. Thursday class 2: bagua animal body openings, and more work on part III of Yang 108…don’t forget your folding. Monday: opening bow spinal path like warm water down your back, in-depth session of Eight Pieces of Brocade qigong, palm breath, soft vs. hard, bubbling well point of the foot, and notes on Shoulder Strike. And I’m still laughing over a nomad story from a morning practice session …see Happy Hour in action again.


  • Student News & Events: We had a great attendance rate at the past Thursday night class at the Natural Pharmacy, thanks everyone who participated! A few of us will be attending part or all of the Master Wei Lun Huang workshop at Boston Healing Tao starting the eve of February 28 (sessions on 10 step breathing qigong, bagua animals, and ‘rainy day tai chi’). West Chester fans and friends, now on are Thursday morning classes at Eat Drink OM Yoga Café at 7:30am, $15 drop in rate http://www.eatdrinkOM.com please be sure and support our Tai Chi classes there. Phil G got to share some of his Tai Chi enthusiasm with an equine therapy group on Friday. A contact at Bryn Mawr Rehab has expressed an interest in Tai Chi there.  Thanks to one of our students so far to have signed up for the Red Cross blood drive at Lionville YMCA on Friday March 28 –you too can make an appointment at http://www.redcrossblood.org and use our sponsor code of lionville to find our 3/28 drive. The spring Chester County Night School course guide is out, and once again Christian will be teaching at East Bradford Elementary starting March 17 on Monday nights (course #FH70 at  http://www.chestercountynightschool.org ) and thank you to our winter session students. Early “save the date” notice …Saturday April 26 is World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, stay tuned for a local outdoor celebration.  Welcome Scorpion Taipan Combat @STcombat in the UK and @ironfist105 in South Carolina to our Twittersphere.  In WordPress news we are up over 2,000+ views since I started posting there at the end of June. Facebook fans of the day, Harvey (a ‘Bruce Lee’s Fans’ club member) and Shika from Indianapolis (pilates practitioner and equestrian).


  • 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 &   mixed

 *$25 drop in   rate



7:00 PM

Monday night

3/17   starts


Chester County Night School, Tai Chi class

820 Frank Rd in West Chester

Pre-pay, multi-week   . Next new session on 3/17 http://www.chestercountynightschool.org



7.30 PM

Thursday   morning

Tai Chi classes at Eat Drink OM Yoga Café

124 E. Gay St in West Chester

 $15 drop in rate each class



7:30 AM


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

Kathleen Rice   unitedtaichi@gmail.com    


One thought on “Happy Hour: United Tai Chi digest 2/26/14

  1. Deb Orsini

    This week it’s all about exploring and opening up to chance. I am presently reading a book about tai chi, finding myself reflecting on things of the past, present and future. A quote from the book, “In the long term, the practice of tai chi will store chi in your core reserves and help you deal with life-threatening illness, serious physical or emotional trauma, or unrelenting work pressures. Core chi reserves are difficult to increase except, for example, by taking a year off, or by deliberate training in energetic methods like chi gung or tai chi.” Bruce Frantzis. My Happy Hour has been independent work with vibrant enthusiasm in the internal arts. Chi’s presence has changed my training and eased many struggles. Happy Hour, most of the time for me, is tai chi, {Tai chi freak, Superfreak!}. Deb O.


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