Monthly Archives: April 2014

Elevator Speech: United Tai Chi digest 4/29/14

JobInterview

  • In transition. Underemployed. Job seeker. Between gigs. Laid off. Seeking other opportunities. These are phrases several of us have uttered at least one time in our lives. Workshops and support groups seek to advise how we can craft our ‘impact statements’ or ‘elevator speech’ that is meant to be a quick summary introduction to our professional selves for potential contacts or employers So too, internal arts teaches us to look inside ourselves to come to a better understanding –to know ourselves first before we can best interpret a competitor, colleague, social contact, family member, opponent, etc.  Are we a competitive, energetic, organized real estate sales consultant who is proactive at anticipating needs and works well with others? A calm, courteous and patient certified nursing assistant with 10 years experience who quickly identifies tasks to be accomplished and builds rapport with supervisors? A confident, creative, open-minded art director who can present ideas effectively and develop an accurate budget or implement a fund-raising event? Like a menu of interchangeable options from column A (transferrable skills), column B (technical skills) and column C (personality traits) we must somehow convey in two minutes what it has taken a long time to experience and achieve.  What we have come to diagnose and reflect on about ourselves after much thoughtful consideration and meditation. Just like we do every day with our tai chi practice, albeit with a more holistic health and mindfulness intention. Yet here we seek to also achieve the next step –forgetting ourselves in order to understand and read others better.  Another skill we should perhaps try and adopt on the job or next career transition path. What is your own version of the ‘elevator speech’ from the perspective of years of personal internal diagnostics?

 

 

  • Shares/Finds: Bill Douglas, founder of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, should have a lot of new updates on his website this week from the various global celebrations on April 26 http://www.worldtaichidady.org (and see our own local notes below). 

 

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes: Exploring the tree tan tiens (of the foot, arm, hand, torso, etc) in many of our postures. Foot positions and transitions for Pull Down/Shoulder Strike and Single Whip. Tricking your mind and challenging muscle memory. Outdoor Blue Buddha 4/19 class worked on the intricacies of Carry the Tiger Over the Mountain. Discussion about internal connections for each of our Thirteen Postures. Drills on the Eight Powers, tai chi crane walk, and some Bagua animal stepping (lion, phoenix, bear).  Ward off drills, circling, fear, trust, releasing tension, white crane practice, and finding the components of Grasp the Sparrows Tail mirrored in Single Whip.

 

  • Student News & Events: Thanks so much all who shared World Tai Chi & Qigong Day with us this past Saturday. We had about 15 folks and did some Eight Pieces of Brocade, Ten Breaths, Five Colored Clouds Around the Mountain, Growing Like a Tree and a bit of the Yang 108 form. It was a great weather day out amongst the trees and the water and the sun (some photos are up on our Facebook and Pinterest). Our new 2014 T-shirts are in, see this link for photo. They are $20 each and if you wear one to our qi-gong-in-the-park events this year you will get a $5 discount that day (dates TBD). Happy belated birthday to Phil G, Sue and Judith. Master Wei Lun Huang (“Sifu”) will be conducting a 2-day workshop at Dragon Gym in Exton on May 17 & 18 with details here, still time to register, though you have missed the early bird pricing discount. Social media roundup: Thanks @BeanCurdBoxer for favoriting one of our tweets (about seated tai chi for long plane rides), and welcome new followers @ASFselfdefense, @TaiChiviaNHS, and @ShaolinLotus. Thanks Ray and Claudia for recent LinkedIn skills endorsements. On Pinterest, welcome Gerald Klein, and thanks for the WTCD photo likes from Jackie Marshall. Welcome new Facebook fan Robin D, and In the WordPress news, the Phillipines is now on our roster of nations where a reader has hailed from, AND, our last blog digest post “The Return” is now our #5 most viewed for United Tai Chi! Thanks.

 

  • Weekly Schedule: Honoring our War Veterans/VFW –any non-YMCA class FREE

DAY

LOCATION

PRICE

TIME

Monday

  • Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

Membership

 

7.30 am

Tuesday

  1. Eagleview YMCA, 699 Rice Blvd, Exton PA

 

  1. Blue Buddha Studio,  1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA

Membership

 

$15 drop-in

4.45 pm

 

7.15 pm

Wednesday

  1. Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

Membership

7.30 am

Thursday

  1. Eagleview YMCA, 699 Rice Blvd, Exton PA

 

  1. Lionville Holistic Health Center Natural Pharmacy, 309 Gordon Drive in Exton PA

Membership

 

$25 drop-in

(90 mins)

4.45 pm

 

7.00 pm

Friday

  1. Student practice session/no instructor:  Lionville YMCA

 

  1. Daytime private lesson available pending schedule, by request

Membership

 

See instructor

7.30 am

 

See instructor

Saturday

  1. Outdoors at Everhart Park. West Chester

 

  1. Blue Buddha Studio, 1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA

__?

 

$25 drop-in

(90 min)

9:00 AM

 

12:00 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  unitedtaichi@gmail.com     

Advertisements

The Return: United Tai Chi digest 4/15/14

Return

  • Was there something or someone you thought you had lost? A posture in your internal arts practice that you learned once upon a time ago but somehow through a change of attention, focus or intention had inadvertently disappeared?  Finding any of these again helps you with a new sense of appreciation and rediscovery of the joy of movement in stillness, of completing your circles, the stress reduction of an old friend’s company. This re-connecting or returning can sometimes have a sweeter payoff the second time around. The purposefulness of once again aligning in a posture that even though may have been written, sometimes need to be felt or expressed again through re-focused energy. Digesting once again this week, in Part II of Yang 108 the transitions from Cover Cover to Box the Ears for example. The return of many tai chi students this week who had wintered away, or were training with a mentor, or the reunion with a loved one after some time apart. Those have been a recurring theme for this edition of the bi-weekly digest. I hope you have rediscovered something or someone you thought you were missing this week.

 

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes: Rotations around your center axis –maintaining structure and spinal integrity. A few pieces of Golden Lotus Qi gong set, finding connections between Ward Off and our opening bow, kick height questions, and another mention of ‘don’t muscle yourself into an uncomfortable position, relax into it.’  Demonstration of a seated Tai Chi form for a student asking about a long plane trip.  Evening class at the Holistic Health Center a bit of the martial application practice.  Wrist, shoulder and knee warm-ups, Tai Chi Walk and its connection to the opening of 13 Postures, Part II of Yang 108 practice.  Eight pieces of Brocade. Linking the Shoulder Strike and White Crane postures much like our intent for Grasp the Sparrows Tail.
  •  
  • Student News & Events: Welcome back Christian from his studies in Miami with Master Wei Lun Huang recently. And continuing our big welcome back trend, Chris M, Ron & Joy, Doris, Jaclyn, Irene and Dave B have all returned to classes this week and welcome new student Aruna, hi all! Good luck to Alma B. World Tai Chi Day we will celebrate and be part of “One World, One Breath” on Saturday April 26 with an open practice in Kerr Park Downingtown (near the corner of Wallace Ave and Pennsylvania, the side near the children’s playground and the creek). Feel free to join us anytime of the mid-morning after 9:00am, or stay tuned for more updates on our social media sites. Thank you to our new Saturday students at Blue Buddha studio in Glenmoore. Master Wei Lun Huang (“Sifu”) will be conducting a local 2-day workshop at Dragon Gym in Exton on May 17 & 18 with details here and please get your payments in to Al Tolbert by April 18 if you wish the Early-Bird pricing discount! If you want to read more about Steve’s Bikram Yoga motivations click here. Social media roundup: welcome @trutaichi and @JustinEarhart to our Twittersphere, a follow from Imperial Tonics on Pinterest, new Facebook fan Dean R, and In the WordPress news, welcome readers this month from Russian Fedration and Cote D’Iove, Thanks Deb O for your commentary on The Crossing.  

 

  • Weekly Schedule: Honoring our War Veterans/VFW –any non-YMCA class FREE

DAY

LOCATION

PRICE

TIME

Monday

  1. Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

 

  1. East Bradford Elementary, 820 Frank Rd, West Chester PA through Chester County Night School  pre-pay

Membership

 

$72 for 7weeks

7.30am

 

7.30 pm

Tuesday

  1. Eagleview YMCA, 699 Rice Blvd, Exton PA

 

  1. Blue Buddha Studio,  1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA

Membership

 

$15 drop-in

4.45 pm

 

7.15 pm

Wednesday

  1. Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

Membership

7.30am

Thursday

  1. Eagleview YMCA, 699 Rice Blvd, Exton PA

 

  1. Lionville Holistic Health Center Natural Pharmacy, 309 Gordon Drive in Exton PA

Membership

 

$25 drop-in

(90 mins)

4.45 pm

 

7.00 pm

Friday

  1. Student practice session/no instructor:  Lionville YMCA

 

  1. Daytime private lesson available pending schedule, by request

Membership

 

See instructor

7.30 am

 

See instructor

Saturday

  1. Blue Buddha Studio, 1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA

$25 drop-in

(90 min)

12:00 p

 

 

  • 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  unitedtaichi@gmail.com     

The Crossing: United Tai Chi digest 4/1/14

HandsHoldAcrossStreet

  • Another gem in our ‘living the art’ discussions, where we translate Tai Chi classroom moments into the daily lives we inhabit.  This one is about trust, chances, or leaps of faith. Last week our instructor Christian finished a class making an analogy about trying to cross the street alone, yet still taking tentative steps holding onto someone’s hand, until we can learn to trust and let go enough to finish crossing the street by ourselves. In some ways he was referencing the path we take as students –physically, mentally and emotionally, in our learning of the postures, forms, internal connections and energies.  And how we shouldn’t expect it to come all at once. We are still holding on a little bit to someone’s hand, but making small incremental attempts at building enough trust to let go and walk on our own.  To achieve something meaningful and worthwhile without rushing it or expecting to make it to the other side before we are ready.  Before we are ready to not only listen to ourselves, but to understand and receive information from those around us –be it opponents, competitors, loved ones, family, an important new relationship where we need to practice our rooting, awareness and openness. Openness is a little scary and vulnerable, like trying to cross the street by yourself for the first time. Trust is valuable. Trust is love. And day by day, we will know a little better when we can finally cross the street unassisted to arrive at something wonderful. 

 

  • Shares/Find: Even the First Lady, Mrs. Obama, is interested in trying Tai Chi, see the news clipping here This is a site where you can stay abreast of World Tai Chi Day news and events globally http://www.worldtaichiday.org  

 

  • NEW CLASS ALERT: Saturday mornings 10.30am (60 minute) at Eat Drink Om Café in West Chester. And starting April 12, an added Saturday class at Blue Buddha Studio in Glenmoore at 12:00 pm (90 minute). See prices and addresses below in the schedule table. For any of our non-YMCA site classes, war veterans may attend free of charge!

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes: Practicing the postures to both sides. Some part II yang 108 work at Blue Buddha. Brush knee drills broken down into isolated parts at first to see and feel the subtleties. Relaxed arms, hands, shoulders and wrists move more efficiently or faster than stiff tension.  Body opening work (dragon, phoenix) for the early birds at afternoon class. Play the pan pan footwork variety and coiling notes. Kidney and elbow stories throughout the form.  Transitions between postures and where we find the Sweeping the Lotus Leaves connector transition for example. Reminders not to try and mock someone else (student, teacher) and go at your own flexibility or strength. A bit of push hands warm up practice—maintaining a connection with your partner and building energy. Defining the edges of the self in a qigong opening posture and clearing the energy fields; a few pieces of Golden Lotus, part I of Yang 108, dispelling shoulder tension for Dragon Tongue Kick, review  of the foot alignments in Single Whip. Ten breaths. Awareness and understanding of your tension spots when holding postures.

     

  • Student News & Events: Welcome to the new bi-weekly reduced newsletter frequency. Heard from Ellen W who says surgery went well, however it will be several weeks before she is able to re-join the Tai Chi classes. Thanks so much to Tai Chi students who joined out Red Cross Blood Drive at the Y on March 28 –we had over 60 donors and help save over 180 lives! Steve G is off to California late next week for a Yoga study program and we wish him well. Claudia recently attended a Lomi Lomi massage continuing education in Pottstown. Try out one of our new classes (addresses in the schedule grid below) at Blue Buddha Studio (Tues/Sat) in Glenmoore, and Eat Drink Om Yoga Café in West Chester (Thur/Sat). Master Wei Lun Huang (“Sifu”) will be conducting a local 2-day workshop at Dragon Gym in Exton on May 17 & 18 with details here . Also he sent us some notes about his recent Tai Chi cruise and information about his fall 2014 Wakulla Springs Seminar, which I have attached here as a word document for our E-list subscribers. April 26 is the annual celebration of World Tai Chi Day, stay tuned for more related news. In the Twittersphere, welcome new followers @PeterFIeldHypno, @NormanBuffong, @ZiLiving. Thanks Yogibattle on WordPress for ‘liking’ our Rumspringa post last month. A big Facebook welcome to new friends Jeanne W and Jamee C recently.

 

  • Etcetera: “Too much intention on the wrong place can set you back instead of move you forward.” – Christian S.

 

  • Weekly Schedule: Honoring our War Veterans/VFW –any non-YMCA class FREE

DAY

LOCATION

PRICE

TIME

Monday

  1. Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

 

  1. East Bradford Elementary, 820 Frank Rd, West Chester PA through Chester County Night School

Membership

 

$72 for 7weeks

7.30am

 

7.30 pm

Tuesday

  1. Eagleview YMCA, 699 Rice Blvd, Exton PA

 

  1. Blue Buddha Studio,  1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA

Membership

 

$15 drop-in

4.45 pm

 

7.15 pm

Wednesday

  1. Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

Membership

7.30am

Thursday

  1.  Eat Drink Om Yoga Café, 124 E. Gay St, West Chester PA

 

  1. Eagleview YMCA, 699 Rice Blvd, Exton PA

 

  1. Lionville Holistic Health Center Natural Pharmacy, 309 Gordon Drive in Exton PA

$15 drop-in

 

Membership

 

$25 drop-in

(90 mins)

7.30 am

 

4.45 pm

 

7.00 pm

Friday

  1. Student practice session/no instructor:  Lionville YMCA

 

  1. Daytime private lesson available pending schedule, by request

Membership

 

See instructor

7.30 am

 

See instructor

Saturday

  1. Eat Drink Om Yoga Café, 124 E. Gay St, West Chester PA

 

  1. Blue Buddha Studio, 1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA (starts on April 12th)

$15 drop-in

 

$25 drop-in

(90 min)

10.30 a

 

12:00 p

 

 

  • 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