Several houses of worship have discussion groups for those struggling with issues of substance abuse, anger management, recovery from domestic abuse or family dysfunction. This weekend pastor Marc L at a local church shared a dynamic message using opaque red Solo cups filled with water. The cups that were full, and content to stay unchanged, were more likely to have ‘spillage’ when bumping into others. Conversely, also on the table was a clear cup that had let out some of its ‘pain’ by sharing. As a takeaway ‘living the art’ message, please let tai chi and qigong be like that transparent cup that lets others to see inside your struggles, the cup that has room to let the goodness in. No doubt many of you know that October is breast cancer awareness month. Memorial Sloan Kettering is but one of the institutions citing qigong’s effect on helping to “reduce upper limb lymphedema” in breast cancer patients, as well as offering relief for “pain, numbness, dizziness and fatigue and inflammation” associated with cancer.
Shares/Finds: A new book out next week is Robin Gamble’s The Power of Tai Chi Chuan: An Introduction to the Benefits of Health, Self-Defense and Personal Developmen Look for my review soon on www.slantedflying.com
Student News & Events: Congratulations to friends attending Master Wei Lun Huang’s tai chi workshop in Wakulla Springs Florida this week, they are exploring the internal connections with the earth and heavens –and our local student Phil G is again enjoying the healing waters of the springs outside the lodge. One of my favorite blogs was about my time at the Wakulla workshop last fall. Thank you to attendees at the monthly Dragon Gym Sunday session with fellow instructors Al Tolbert and John Armstrong. Birthday greetings to Joy N and Dave K. Happy anniversary to our instructor Christian and his wife Chris. John C was in Hawaii recently for his son’s triathlon, congratulations on a successful experience there. Claudia and I tried out a salsa dance club recently and that was a good place to re-explore some of my tai chi learning (understanding your partner like push-hands, or hey, ‘you don’t need to take such big steps’). Did any of you attend any Halloween parades or parties recently? Send me a photo if you are a costume fan.
Social Media Roundup: Thank you to our new followers, sharers or readers on the following platforms: (Twitter) Turquoise Dragon @taichitexan, artist and qigong practitioner @tremagg, Melissa @cowgirlmel88, @giacomosalvato1 and e-learning developer @libre_learning. (Pinterest) check out boards from fans ari,John F, Ahryn S and Elise M. (Facebook) in the past two weeks, our biggest engagement rate was for the post about Wakulla Springs workshop feedback. If you attended (or are still attending the 2nd week of) Sifu Huang’s workshop, let us hear from you.
General Weekly Schedule:
Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA
Blue Buddha Studio, 1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA
Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA
Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA
Kokikai Akido School 1209 Ward Ave, West Chester (2 hour class, at $20 per hour)
Student practice session/no instructor: Lionville YMCA
Daytime private lesson available pending schedule, by request
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Be they the bane of your existence, or your pocket best friend, there is no doubting that today’s current phone technology is not without its place in sharing or practicing your internal arts. Even in the quiet car of a train commute, with your earbuds on, you can view many videos, from beginner to advanced, just by doing a search for tai chi on your YouTube app. You can even search your app store for various (free and paid) items to download, including “Yip Man’s Wing Chung”. If you are out of town, you can search your Yellow Pages app to find venues for tai chi classes (a sample search in San Francisco yielded several options for example), and then use your phone’s Map application to get directions. You want martial arts movies? Fandango and IMD apps are great pocket sources for reference. Instagram and Pinterest apps abound with internal arts images and inspirational sayings. Have an outdoor workshop? A weather app assists your precipitation or temperature questions. A fellow student mentions a tai chi book he recommended after class –Amazon has an app for that, just a few clicks and it is on the way (sometimes by drone perhaps?). Twitter has a growing tai chi community –while you are waiting in line at the supermarket you can read about internal arts’ impact on fibromyalgia through a tweeted link by @trutaichi. Mirror-less in the space where you practice on your own? Have a friend shoot a video on your phone that you can review and inspect your posture afterward. Looking for bloggers on the topics of tai chi and qi gong? The WordPress app is a place to start. And of course texting friends or fellow students for an impromptu meet up practice session or discussion is a convenient way to quickly assemble some supportive practitioners. Of course nothing takes the place of mind intention, breathing patterns, principles of Taoism and the physical practice of the forms, But even this ancient art has found another home on this ubiquitous, modern pocket wonder.
New Class Alerts: Don’t forget our Thursday evening class that used to be at the holistic pharmacy has moved to the Kokikai Akido School at 1209 Ward Ave in West Chester.
Shares/Finds: For our Boston-area readers, check out our Wakulla Springs workshop friend Marie F. and Boston Healing Tao for their October schedule of events.
News & Events: Thank you to those who attended our October 12 outdoor Tai Chi workshop at Miller Park, where we reviewed and practiced parts I, II and III of the Yang 108 Long Form. Join us at Dragon Gym in Exton on Sunday October 19 at 10:00 am to share internal arts learning with area instructors John Armstrong and Al Tolbert. Happy belated birthday to Claudia. Aruna says hello, has been busy with grandkids but hopes to return to classes in December. Don’t forget the Bruce Samuelson art exhibit at the Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia is still going on until October 29, check out this video about his work. Try the upcoming Women’s Self Defense Class at the Blue Buddha Studio in Glenmoore on Sunday morning October 26, details here. Thank you Chris M for sharing your foot surgery story and how it relates to our “bubbling well spring” intentions in Tai Chi. The tai chi sessions at Wakulla Springs Florida with Master Huang (sifu) will be held October 19-26 for “The Soul of Internal Arts”, and October 27 to November 2 for “The Soul of Tai Chi Pushing Hands”. For lodging information and pricing see http://www.huangtaichi.com/calendar.htm
Social Media Roundup Thank you @lighthousetaiji in the UK for re-tweeting our last newsletter digest to their followers. Likewise appreciate oneanna65 on WordPress for showing support of same. Welcome new Twitter followers @MarkWBereton, @HathaHand, @Master_Waller and @ua_Vaughn. Yoga fans, if you missed Namas Day Philly, check out the video highlights from Carla Wilson @WilsonVA (Wilson Media Services) and Joe Longo. And on the West coast, Neida Bell is now following our Pinterest page.