RECOVERY: United Tai Chi digest 10/28/14

  • RECOVERY
  • 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:
DAY LOCATION PRICE TIME
Tuesday Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

Blue Buddha Studio,  1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA

Membership

$20 p/hour

4.45 pm

7.15 pm

Wednesday Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA Membership 7.30 am
Thursday Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

Kokikai Akido School  1209 Ward Ave, West Chester (2 hour class, at $20 per hour)

Membership

$20 p/hour

4.45 pm

7.00 pm

Friday Student practice session/no instructor:  Lionville YMCA

Daytime private lesson available pending schedule, by request

Membership

See instructor

7.30 am

See instructor

 Follow these links to our social media presence on the web:

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

Kathleen Rice       unitedtaichi@gmail.com

Smart Phone: United Tai Chi digest 10/14/14

  • 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.

General Weekly Schedule:

DAY LOCATION PRICE TIME
Monday Chester County Night School, East Bradford Elementary in West Chester.   Starts September 29. Package of 7 classes, purchase through http://www.chestercountynightschool.org $72 for 7 7:30p
Tuesday Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

Blue Buddha Studio,  1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA

Membership

$20 p/hour

4.45 pm

7.15 pm

Wednesday Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA Membership 7.30 am
Thursday Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

Kokikai Akido School  1209 Ward Ave, West Chester (2 hour class, at $20 per hour)

Membership

$20 p/hour

4.45 pm

7.00 pm

Friday Student practice session/no instructor:  Lionville YMCA

Daytime private lesson available pending schedule, by request

Membership

See instructor

7.30 am

See instructor

 

  • 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

Goal Tending: United Tai Chi digest 9/30/14

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  • Our instructor Christian has oft encouraged us to reach for the moon and the stars. Goal setting (in internal arts, as in life) can be as simple as week-to-week plan for improving something about your form work and postures, or as complex as a written down multi-year map of your career and family building blocks, spiritual journey, and mind-body fitness. Life coaches, career counselors, fitness trainers and the like remind us to write down our goals as a means to help us unlock details about the path that we are on, and to serve as a tangible ledger of the accomplishments we strive to complete along the way. Perhaps you wish to someday take a long trip, start a business, learn a new skill, run a marathon, plan for your ‘golden years’, build an addition, write a memoir, or gain a deeper understanding of your internal arts practice. They all start with goal setting, and the implementation of small gains over time. Vision, patience, diligence, perseverance. That is what each of us try each week, inside and outside of class. It is what keeps us moving forward and gives us things to anticipate. We have local tai chi students with varied goals keeping the shoulders dropped while practicing the form, improving their garden, continuing their massage therapy education, or landing meaningful and rewarding employment. Goals keep us focused and grounded.  “If you don’t make the time to work on creating the life you want, you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time dealing with a life you don’t want.” – Kevin Ngo.  What are some of your goals this month? Thank you for your readership support, and please enjoy my autumn blog from last September about the Chinese medicine element of metal ant it’s relation to seasonal health.
  • New Class Alerts: Spend part of your holiday weekend with us –Tai Chi class on Sunday October 12th, 10am to 12pm at Miller Park in Exton (behind Pep Boys). 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. The Thursday 7pm classes that used to be at Lionville Natural Pharmacy have moved to Kokikai Akido School at 1209 Ward Ave in West Chester Excluding the YMCA and CCNS, remaining classes are $20 per hour

 

  • News & Events: Christian and other local attendees say thank you to host Sifu Tom Hardy and respected practitioner Sifu Wei Lun Huang for sharing a great push hands, Qigong and Tai Chi workshop in Broomall the weekend of September 19. Congratulations to Jose on his Ikebana display at Longwood Gardens recently. Thank you to friends and students who joined us at the one year anniversary open house for the Blue Buddha Studio in in Glenmoore on the 27th. The Samuelson family is celebrating Bruce Samuelson’s exhibit at the Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia starting on October 5 at 2pm, details here at this link. Claudia completed a continuing education program in Ashiatsu massage therapy at the Blue Buddha recently.  If you are looking for a fun local fall-themed activity, I was at Milky Way Farm in Lionville recently –hayrides, pumpkin patch, farm animals, and their own creamery with top notch ice cream. 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 Welcome new Pinterest follower Bobbi Lopez. And in the Twittersphere, thanks for the follow @Master_Waller of New Castle Tai Chi, @Marinih, and @acgsilva.  Thanks Jaime C for the invite to connect on LinkedIn.
  • General Weekly Schedule:
DAY LOCATION PRICE TIME
Monday Chester County Night School, East Bradford Elementary in West Chester.   Starts September 29. Package of 7 classes, purchase through http://www.chestercountynightschool.org $72 for 7 7:30p
Tuesday Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

Blue Buddha Studio,  1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA

Membership

$20 p/hour

4.45 pm

7.15 pm

Wednesday Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA Membership 7.30 am
Thursday Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

Kokikai Akido School  1209 Ward Ave, West Chester (2 hour class, at $20 per hour)

Membership

$20 p/hour

4.45 pm

7.00 pm

Friday Student practice session/no instructor:  Lionville YMCA

Daytime private lesson available pending schedule, by request

Membership

See instructor

7.30 am

See instructor

 

  • 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

Reboot: United Tai Chi Digest 9/16/14

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    • With the change of seasons in late September, the recent Harvest Moon, and things impacting my personal and professional life this month, it is a good time (as a friend said) to let things go and start anew. In the past week I have had to practice the art of listening, understanding, receiving, and flexibility. Also a little more experience in the Daoist principles of communing with nature, and animals. And just like in our story about Velvet Bricks, I still need to keep reminding myself that though soft on the outside, one of my goals is to be strong on the inside.  This is also a great time to ping-back to my September 2013 blog on Spirituality in Internal Arts. Enjoy! And as always I thank you for your readership, support and friendship.
    • September Voting Plea: Please support tai chi in your community and vote in The Daily Local News 2014 Readers Poll. Write in United Tai Chi under the “Fitness Center” category here at this link. Voting ends September 19.
    • 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. The Thursday 7pm classes that used to be at Lionville Natural Pharmacy have moved to Kokikai Akido School at 1209 Ward Ave in West Chester.  Saturday noon classes at the Blue Buddha have ended for the time being, perhaps until next spring. The Thursday morning qigong classes at Miller Park will end on September 18. Excluding the YMCA and CCNS, remaining classes are $20 per hour. During construction, the Wednesday morning class at the YMCA starts at 7:15am and lasts 45 minutes.

     

    • News & Events: Welcome back Chris M. Happy Birthday to Deborah O, Chris S, Pat M and Ron N. Thank you to all the students who joined us at the new site for Thursday night classes at Kokikai Akido School building, and instruction from John A and Ted N for Sunday morning session at the Dragon Gym this past weekend –including the tai chi long sword.  Be sure and ask Steve G and Phil G how their Harvest Moon tai chi practice went on September 8th.  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  Also for those of you who can’t make it to Wakulla, Sifu Huang is holding a weekend workshop in Broomall PA this weekend, September 19-21 at the Masonic Lodge. 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.
    • Social Media Roundup Welcome @BaguaTiger to our twittersphere, also  Yat-Fun Y and Jorg B new followers on our Pinterest page.
    • General Weekly Schedule:
    DAY LOCATION PRICE TIME
    Monday Chester County Night School, East Bradford Elementary in West Chester.   Starts September 29. Package of 7 classes, purchase through http://www.chestercountynightschool.org $72 for 7 7:30p
    Tuesday Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

    Blue Buddha Studio,  1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA

    Membership

    $20 p/hour

    4.45 pm

    7.15 pm

    Wednesday Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA Membership 7.15 am
    Thursday Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

    Kokikai Akido School  1209 Ward Ave, West Chester (2 hour class, at $20 per hour)

    Membership

    $20 p/hour

    4.45 pm

    7.00 pm

    Friday Student practice session/no instructor:  Lionville YMCA

    Daytime private lesson available pending schedule, by request

    Membership

    See instructor

    7.30 am

    See instructor

     

    • 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

     

Labor Day: United Tai Chi digest 9/2/14

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  • Thank you so much for all your readership support this summer, and please forgive this truncated holiday edition of the newsletter. In a throw-back moment, please enjoy this back to school edition, “Continuing Education” from late August of 2013. I hope to resume my regular essay in the next edition mid September.

 

  • September Voting Plea: Please support tai chi in your community and vote in The Daily Local News 2014 Readers Poll. Write in United Tai Chi under the “Fitness Center” category here at this link. Voting ends September 19.  

 

  • 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 classes in West Chester in September via a shared space from another martial arts practitioner, more details TBD. (1209 Ward Avenue, Kokikai Akido School). 

 

  • News & Events: Jaclyn is visiting Croatia this month. Welcome back Christine H and thanks for the chat. Thanks to John C and Anna M for assisting with YMCA classes during Christian’s recuperation. Welcome back Claudia.  Ink-as-marketing tool:  thank you to some Labor Day barbecue party attendees at a friend’s house this week for asking about my “Center Is A Place” arm art and the opportunity to discuss Tai Chi.  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.  

 

 

  • Social Media Roundup Welcome our new Pinterest followers Meditation Federation, Karlyn F and Tai Chi John.  In the Twittersphere, welcome @g_wimberly and @SYAbdulmalik. I haven’t promoted our Pinterest fans in a while –if you are on the site check out Karlyn Farris’ tai chi board at this link.

 

  • General Weekly Schedule:

DAY

LOCATION

PRICE

TIME

Monday

  1. Chester County Night School, East Bradford Elementary in West Chester. Starts September 29. Package of 7 classes, purchase through http://www.chestercountynightschool.org   

$72 for 7

7:30p

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      

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      

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

 

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

Kathleen Rice       unitedtaichi@gmail.com