BALANCED: United Tai Chi digest 6/10/14

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  • When more than one sign, hint, talk, message of a certain topic appears on your radar in the same week you can’t help but take notice. An out-of-state friend sent me a necklace in the mail last week with a Yin-Yang pendant, no doubt as a reminder to me to keep things in perspective and at peace. Likewise in our own tai chi classes recently there has been much more discussion of the Yin/Yang principles in our form work, including the grand example of the changing arc of Brush Knee. And lastly, this was mirrored by some interpersonal issues outside of class as well. The up and the down, the soft and the hard, the dark and the light, the earth and the heaven. In our internal arts study we learn that without yin, there can be no yang –a symbiotic relationship that keeps us from falling down, in more ways than one.  In  Laoshi: Tai Chi, Teachers and Pursuit of Principle, Jan Kauskas comments “Many people who come to study tai chi have been indirectly taught from a young age that expressing yang energy is wrong, and so they repress this energy, both in themselves and others. This does not mean the potential expression of yang energy simply disappears when repressed; it tends to resurface in various unhealthy ways. It disguises itself and emerges as passive aggression, depression, or other health problems. Because it is part of who we are, yang energy does not cease to exist if its expression is thwarted. It stays with us because there will be times when it is needed. Rather than deny our energy, we would be better off to become friends with it, to understand its place, or it may well destroy us.”  Every once in a while I come to see, feel, or reluctantly admit to myself that, for better or worse, I have often tried to suppress the Yang in myself. Externally expressing the soft, the quite, the reserved or the polite, a yin display.  But now the (golden?) roosters have come home to nest, and a keen eye might start to see the edges leaking out towards a path of depression.  But just as in at least one other of my past blogs that allude to patience , fortunately there comes along once in a while a golden light of conversation that lets me know when I am being too yin, tame, mild, reserved or polite.  Something reflected back in someone’s eyes, words or expressions. Here is hoping that you and I can all share in an equal amount of both sides of the circle.



  • Shares/Finds: One of our students Ted Nawalinski has some articles for Traditional Chinese Culture International’s blog site  which is run by his training partner Shawn Cartwright.
  • Wrap-up of recent classes: Reviewed a few pieces of the Golden Lotus Qigong set. Discussion about staying within your own frame or balance structure for difficult postures at first in order to feel comfortable in the position before you can grow. Growing like a tree de-stressor. In afternoon and evening class both, some more discussion and demonstration about Yin and Yang –the energies, the changeovers, showing where the yin part of a posture is and the yang (brush knee demonstration), also even in the eyes (yin/bedroom eyes vs. angry yang eyes).  Coiling and uncoiling and how we find that throughout. Drills on ward off and scoop the water. The tailbone of the palm as a driver and rooter. The ‘pump’ that is our transition from heaven hand to earth hand filling up our ward offs. NEW CLASS ALERT: Through Chester County Night School the next tai chi multi-session class is at Fugett Middle School, 500 Ellis Lane in West Chester; both Monday & Wednesday nights 7.30p, June 16-30, cost $52. Purchase  through Chester County Night School


  • Student News & Events: Christian and some of our United Tai Chi students joined Master John Armstrong’s group at a street festival for a tai chi demonstration and music in Philadelphia this past weekend, photos available on our FB page; great weather and a great time was had by those attending. While visiting Ireland last month, Paul M found an interesting Tai Chi apparatus on a footpath north of Dublin Bay, see photo on our FB page. Claudia is off to Europe to spend some time with her folks for a few weeks, we wish her well. New early morning Golden Lotus Qigong class coming soon. Thanks Janet Rouss of Get Real Branding for finding our blog and sharing it with your Twitter followers.  Social Media Roundup: In the twittersphere, welcome new followers @RaulPujolM, @JanetRouss, @RogerJahnke  and @torontoben.  Perhaps in prep for the Fifa World Cup Soccer tournament soon, a reader in Brazil viewed our Force Majeure blog topic.  Inching closer to 3,000 total views overall on our WordPress site soon. Hey local student Ellen W, thanks for joining our Facebook page!  Thank you to all of our Brazilian followers –World Cup 2014 futbol fans for sure (that’s soccer to those of us in the US).


  • Weekly Schedule:







  • Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA


  • Fugett Middle School, 500 Ellis Lane in West Chester PA,  pre-pay multi-session class Mon/Wed , through Chester County Night School.  Starts June 16



$52 whole session

7.30 am


7.30 pm


  1. Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA  


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



$15 drop-in

4.45 pm


7.15 pm


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


  1. Fugett Middle School, 500 Ellis Lane in West Chester PA, pre-pay multi-session class Mon/Wed, through Chester County Night School.  Starts June 16



$52 whole session

7.30 am


7.30 pm


  1. Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA  


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



$25 drop-in

(90 mins)

4.45 pm


7.00 pm


  1. Student practice session/no instructor:  Lionville YMCA


  1. Daytime private lesson available pending schedule, by request



See instructor

7.30 am


See instructor


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

$25 drop-in

(90 min)

12:00 pm


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

Kathleen Rice     


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