Monthly Archives: August 2014

Side Effects: United Tai Chi Digest 8/19/14

  • Warning: may cause lung capacity expansion, mood regulation, change in bone density, a decrease in CHF, increased risk of social interaction, and increased situational awareness if taken at least twice a week over an extended period of time. Additionally, if taken in conjunction with qigong and related internal arts, test sample respondents have shown an increased risk of calmness, and a hyper-awareness of light and energy flow. In light of recent black-box warnings cited in the literature, interest the study of kidney breathing or abdominal breathing has replicated and multiplied. Animal-like behavior has been spotted beyond the anecdotal level for those being dosed with bagua. Control of the tail-bone, seeing your bone marrow, and metatarsal extension into the earth are likewise common signs to watch for. If you have experienced any of these effects, please alert your internal arts instructor immediately.

 

  • Shares/finds: The topic of depression was in the news prominently last week with the passing of entertainer Robin Williams. I want to thank Sifu Anthony K of flowingzen.com for being candid on social media about his own adoption of Qigong as a healing method in his path. Also there is an interesting article here at Washington Post about the demographics of suicide that mentions the importance of discussing depression with your support network.

 

  • New Class Alerts: Christian will be teaching a Tai Chi class through Chester County Night School this fall. It is on Monday nights at 7:30pm at East Bradford Elementary School in West Chester, starting on September 29. A package of 7 classes is $72 per student. Use this link here to register through CCNS. Christian is also looking into trying some morning classes in West Chester in September via a shared space from another martial arts practitioner, more details TBD.

 

  • News & Events: Thank you very much to everyone who came out to Christian’s morning qigong workshop on August 9th at Blue Buddha studio, it was a valuable healing session, and we hope to have another one soon, see our group photo here . If you know the whereabouts of the missing statue mascot that was in front of the Blue Buddha Studio in Glenmoore, reach them at 484-341-8106.Congratulations to Wes on his life-affirming anniversary recently. We will be starting a United Tai Chi Travel-Education fundraising account to assist in instructor trainings (an investment that comes back to you with shared knowledge) more details TBD.  Master Wei Lun Huang will be in the Philadelphia area once again this year in case you missed his Dragon Gym workshop in May.  He will be at the Masonic Lodge in Broomall PA starting the afternoon of Friday September 19, concluding late afternoon Sunday September 21. Liu Hi Ba Fa, Push Hands, Tai chi and Qigong. Registration details are on this linked flyer. Also reach Sifu Tom Hardy for questions at 610-353-8609. John C was travelling recently and cheering on family members at athletic events (congrats to his son Matt for qualifying for the Ironman triathlon this fall). The scenic Struble Trail in Downingtown has once again re-opened for all of you walking, biking or jogging fans. I was on it this weekend, and can vouch for its healing properties.

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes: Ten breaths, more practice with our Eight Powers. Golden Lotus qigong. Three sections of the Yang 108 long form. Rooting. Play the pan pan practice. Wrist and armpit openings. Outdoor monthly qigong workshop this month included eight pieces of brocade, breathing paths, ten breaths, and bagua animal body openings. Reviewed again the breathing patterns of Microcosmic orbit (e.g., to energize yourself in the middle of a tired work day) and the Embrionic orbit, for healing energy. Miller park morning practice, discussion about using your breath and intention to wrap your kidneys with your lungs, and the qi energy that arises, and reviewing pieces of part 3 of Yang 108. Drills on some of the Eight Powers (e.g., shoulder, elbow).

 

  • Social Media Roundup Big week in new Twitter followers; welcome @dalailamaiswise, @accucalm, @TaiChiFitness, @judejoiner, @tbuddhaproverbs, @tbuddhismnow, @buddha937 and @todd19621. Welcome new Pinterest follower Born to Rock. The engagement rate for the following two Facebook posts has been decent in recent days:  the group photo from the 8/9/14 qigong workshop, and the ’30 Benefits of Qigong’ infographic. 

 

 

  • General Weekly Schedule:

DAY

LOCATION

PRICE

TIME

Tuesday

  1. Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, 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. Miller Park 220 Miller Way (off of Waterloo Blvd) Exton PA   Drop in whichever hour you can attend, it is $15 per hour

 

  1. Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

 

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

$15 p/hour

 

 

Membership

 

$25 drop-in

(90 mins)

6.30am to 8.30a

 

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 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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AGELESS: United Tai Chi digest 8/4/14

  • Kind birthday wishes go out to one of our mentors, Master Wei Lun Huang (sifu) this past weekend. A fine example of aging gracefully with internal arts. Celebrating also our own ageless students and friends, making their ‘golden years golden’ with our weekly Tai Chi classes and who share stories of vacation or at-home practice. Tsung Hwa Jou, in The Dao of Taijiquan: Way to Rejuvenation, is but one of many who shows us health and vitality in his 80s after practicing tai chi, qigong and meditation for over 30 years, despite health set backs in his late 40s. Deng Ming Dao, in The Wandering Taoist mentions renewal and rejuvenation when one gives undivided attention to integration with the energy of the Tao “then one can become like a newborn infant.” In Tai Chi: Health for Life practitioner and speaker Bruce Frantzis advises “if you heed the wale-up calls you will realize that you can reverse the damages and begin to regenerate yourself, regardless of your real age. Chronological age and functional age do not always go together. Tai Chi’s goal is to make you functionally younger.”  Hypertension impact, balance and reduced falls, bone density, spinal health –these are but a few of the oft mentioned benefits of Tai Chi as we enter our ‘mature’ years. Stay strong my friends!

 

  • Student News & Events: Saturday August 9th at 9:00 AM Christian will be conducting a qigong workshop outside at the Blue Buddha Studio at 1247 Pottstown Pike (route 100) in Glenmoore. Bring a water bottle, and a mat/towel/blanket. Price is $15 PER HOUR and runs from 9am to 12pm drop-in. We will be starting a United Tai Chi Travel-Education fundraising account to assist in instructor trainings (an investment that comes back to you with shared knowledge) more details TBD.  Our own Tedd Nawalinski, PhD shared with us some copies of his “The Science of Qigong Healing” booklet, citing case studies, applications, and references on the effects of qigong.  (See Ted or Christian to borrow a copy) or you can download a PDF here. Master Wei Lun Huang will be in the Philadelphia area once again this year, so here is another chance to study with this tai chi master if you missed his Dragon Gym workshop in May.  He will be at the Masonic Lodge in Broomall PA starting the afternoon of Friday September 19, concluding late afternoon Sunday September 21. Liu Hi Ba Fa, Push Hands, Tai chi and Qigong. Stay tuned for updates on our social media sites, or I can send you a pricing sheet via email if you are interested. Also reach Sifu Tom Hardy for questions at 610-353-8609. John C was travelling recently and cheering on family members at athletic events (congrats to his son Matt for qualifying for the Ironman triathlon this fall).  Birthday shout out this week also to Esther K. Marilyn thanks for the chat. Practicing our balance on the large river rocks at historic St Peters Village with Deborah O. I tried out the wellness practitioner networking event Get Fit Happy Hour on 7/23 at Kinetic Physical Therapy and met some like minded area folks. Social Media Roundup:  New followers in out Twittersphere @tommycaro from Maryland and and @TaoFlowing,  Welcome new Pinterest followers Susan E, and Terry.  Welcome a reader in Argentina to our WordPress site.

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes: Five Colored Clouds Around the Mountain qigong set. Play the Pan Pan review. Evening Blue Buddha class started with coiling/silk reeling and more practice on the Five Elements. More discussion about building and releasing energy during our White Crane Spreads Wings, and importance of the bubbling well spring. Evening Blue Buddha class we worked on the five elements, stance forms and part II of the Yang 108 long form.  A full slate variety of classes this past Thursday: morning park Golden Lotus Qigong, afternoon Y the Eight Powers, evening pharmacy the complete 3 part 108 Yang Long Form set.

 

  • General Weekly Schedule:

DAY

LOCATION

PRICE

TIME

Tuesday

  1. Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

 

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

Membership

 

$15 drop-in

  1. 45 pm

 

  1. 15 pm

Wednesday

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

 

Membership

 

  1. 30 am

 

Thursday

  1. Miller Park 220 Miller Way (off of Waterloo Blvd) Exton PA   Drop in whichever hour you can attend, it is $15 per hour

 

  1. Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

 

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

$15 p/hour

 

 

Membership

 

$25 drop-in

(90 mins)

  1. 30am to 8.30a

 

  1. 45 pm

 

  1. 00 pm

Friday

  1. Student practice session/no instructor: Lionville YMCA

 

  1. Daytime private lesson available pending schedule, by request

Membership

 

See instructor

  1. 30 am

 

See instructor

Saturday

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

$25 drop-in

(90 min)

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 Rice       unitedtaichi@gmail.com