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Mood Disorder: United Tai Chi digest 7/21/14

  • Just as there can be no light without darkness in our yin-yang principles, so too at times follows our spirit, mind and heart. Depression and anxiety affect more than half of us at some time or other in our lives. Grief, loss, trauma, anger, loneliness –be it temporary or chronic. Mental health professionals like Maryellen Copeland include in her ‘toolbox’ for the WRAP program (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) complimentary mind-body approaches like fitness, meditation and access to daylight.  Peter Wayne of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi cites the social support aspect of one if the ‘Eight Active Ingredients’ in the benefit modality of internal arts like Tai Chi. Sifu Anthony Korahais of flowingzen.com has discussed depression here, including how Qigong provided him with solutions in his own recovery, removing obstacles that block the smooth flow of body energy.  Bruce Frantzis (Tai Chi Health For Life) reminds us that tai chi helps create “stronger internal organs that can better withstand powerful emotional outbursts…strengthening the kidneys may help depression to a limited degree”.  He also indicates you can “change or mask your true feelings with your breath…feeling depressed and shallow breathing, you’ll feel better to consciously start deep regular breathing” (Opening The Energy Gates of Your Body).  In a recent qigong-in-the-park session our own instructor talked again about the postures that “bring heaven to the earth, and bring the earth to the heavens”.  A posture to suggest we can achieve and enjoy the best of ourselves, the best of our daily lives, a heavenly place on earth. Depression is often a debilitating condition –to the spirit, mind and body; and as such may sometimes require the paired approaches of traditional counseling, Western medicine, and holistic or Eastern philosophies combined into a multi-dimensional approach.  Quick and easy ‘magic wand’ remedies don’t exist, nor would that be a lasting effect. Growing your support network, changing patterns, opening up blockages and cultivating energy can help to start us on the path of wellness.  A path that often is several miles long.  All the best to you in your discussions on mental health issues and internal arts. 

 

 

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes: There must have been several events on 7/10, as Jose didn’t find any fellow students at the Y class in the afternoon.  Some of our students and friends worked on a sword form with Master Armstrong and Ted N at the Dragon Gym on the 13th. Afternoon drills on ward-off, kwa opening, and parry-redirect (with a nod to Thomas’s English Muffins). Welcome back Maria.  Thirteen postures. Turning versus twisting. Brush knee review. Keeping the shoulders dropped. Steve’s yin-yang socks. Thanks Ted for the poster/chart/infographic that I put on our FB page about Tai c hi benefits.  Working on metaphorically getting all of our tribes back in harmony, and the importance of continued practice outside of class. Weekend afternoon Blue Buddha class we ventured into some of our bagua animal qigong practice (Phoenix, Bear, Lion, Dragon, etc.), and reviewed more information about our kidney positions and how that impacts our tai chi practice.

 

 

  • Student News & Events: 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. Welcome back Claudia. I heard from Jaclyn who was practicing and teaching her tai chi at the beach earlier this month and says “Practicing at the ocean’s edge is inspiring and opening. Breathing and moving with the sound of the ocean is the best music to practice the 108 movements of the Yang style”. Hoping Marcia Z’s husband is doing better. Good to hear from Aruna who has been hosting some guests from India recently. Good to see a large class attendance on Wednesday morning. The National Qigong Association has their annual conference July 25 to 27 in King of Prussia PA, see info here.   Social Media Roundup: In the Twittersphere, welcome new followers @jinky_lion, @UnifiedMAAm @LCTDK and @D_awansetiawan. On Facebook, three-quarters of our followers are men, and we welcome a topic suggestion or guest quote for next month on health/wellness benefits you find with internal arts specific to your practice.  Thank you to fans in the United Kingdom for your readership support on our WordPress site and out Twitter page!

 

 

  • 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

 

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Force Majeure: United Tai Chi digest 5/27/14

Force

  • The great philosophers Kenny Loggins and Steve Perry once said, “Don’t fight it, it’ll do your heart so good.” In tai chi we learn not to meet force with force. And in my recent readings the concept of control, will, or force has popped up again. Were you like me this holiday weekend, missing someone you were trying to be with, when they had other plans?  Jan Kauskas relays some messages for all of us in Laoshi: Tai Chi, Teachers and Pursuit of Principle, including this great line, “The more you try to control life, the more you imprison yourself. You will experience greater and greater tension and so less and less joy, happiness and love. Once you understand the only way to control the universe is to realize you can’t, there is a wonderful freedom. It takes away the pressure that goes with trying to force things to your will”. Internal arts like tai chi are about redirecting energy, getting downwind of a direct hit, an attack, a circumstance that we shouldn’t try to barrel through with aggression, anger, whining, trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Relaxing into an uncomfortable spot instead of muscling into it. Patience, looseness, letting go of the need for control are an ongoing process of growth.  Thank you guys for keeping me honest and afloat, even in the dark spaces. And PS, if you watched that YouTube video for Loggins/Perry I linked to at the top of this essay, hopefully you are feeling a lot happier.

 

 

  • Shares/Finds: Peter Morgan’s article as a guest writer for Yang-Shen.com, regarding yin and yang in the work/life balance.  Link to where I reviewedLaoshi: Tai Chi, Teachers and Pursuit of Principle” for SlantedFlying. And a short Bruce Frantzis video on relaxing the muscles of the face.
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  • Wrap-up of recent classes: Recent warm ups include Ten Breaths, Serve the Fruit and Thirteen Postures. A few split-class sessions with Part I Yang 108 learners and Part II reviewers.  Some beginner sword form demo at Blue Buddha. Worked on some standing meditations/holding postures. Tuesday first afternoon class since moving to Lionville Y and welcomed 2 new students. Great discussion on the hard (martial) arts and internal arts –and how practitioners of either one, end up over time at the same place inside. ‘Building a bridge’ with your limbs analogy for our Elbow, Press, Shoulder posture transitions in The 13 Postures form. Nice tree qigong set outdoors at Blue Buddha on Saturday.  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: Thanks very much to Sifu Huang, the Dragon Gym, the Samuelsons, the Tolberts, Master Armstrong and several United Tai Chi students and other local practitioners who participated in the 2-day tai chi workshop on May 17-18. Some pictures are on our FB page. Heard from Steve G via text earlier from his Bikram Yoga studies out west this month, he misses practicing with us and shared this reminder As soon as you meet that point of resistance you have the opportunity to grow, breathe into it & let go.” Thanks Lionville Holistic Health Center for ‘sharing’ one of our FB posts.  Thanks Esther for your commentary on our Mothers Day video on Facebook. Birthday shout-outs to students Steve G and Christine H. Thanks Carl for volunteering to hit some tennis balls with me last week (any other locals interested, message me).  Thank you Michael DeMarco from Via Media Publishing for contacting me about my book review on SlantedFlying.com.  Social Media Roundup: a huge thanks to “Best Tai Chi Videos” FB site for ‘sharing’ our Practice cartoon that we found on Pinterest/Tumblr with all their followers.  That led to a huge influx of new Facebook fans for us the week of May 19, welcome and thanks for your interest.   In the twittersphere, welcome new followers @tamaraliving, @TempioTaiChi, @SamoanRockyJoe, @Ras_Corby_VEMMA and @bcaccavale.  Welcome a reader in Ireland to our last WordPress digest read. 

 

  • Weekly Schedule:

 

DAY

LOCATION

PRICE

TIME

Monday

  • 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

Membership

 

$52 whole session

7.30 am

 

7.30 pm

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

 

  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

Membership

 

$52 whole session

7.30 am

 

7.30 pm

Thursday

  1. Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, 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

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$25 drop-in

(90 min)

9:00 AM

 

12:00 pm

 

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

Kathleen Rice   unitedtaichi@gmail.com    

Rumspringa: United Tai Chi digest 3/18/14

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  • In many Amish communities, not unlike that of nearby Lancaster County PA, there is a time of year when teens participate in a period of Rumspringa (or from the German, rumschpringe). A time for them to at least temporarily explore other cultures outside their own –automobiles, movies, nightclubs, etc., before deciding if they would like to remain within the realm of the Amish church afterwards, or venture afield. A sort of ‘suspenders gone wild’ step of un-focusedness it may seem like to us outsiders.  The advent of springtime (landing here in the US on March 20th) likewise evokes that kind of abandon or breakout of cabin fever mode. Spring Break.  We are outside the window letting our mind run amok.  This is where I bring in my ‘living the art’ analogies and talk about the phenomenon of what the Chinese call “Monkey Mind” as we come to know it in internal arts.  Spring is a season when a “young man’s fancy” (or woman’s) turns to love, cars, baseball, lawnmowers, deck parties, St Patrick’s Day pub crawls.  Things like work, or internal connections and mindfulness, have a harder time maintaining some headspace. Jangled or disassociated thoughts, or stress, rise to our upper tan tien. The slow motion practice of Tai Chi and other internal arts “enables you to consciously and deliberately access how your mind, body and energy work. It gives you the needed time to accurately perceive and comprehend the full ramifications of what you are experiencing when you do the tai chi form.  It slows down your neurological speed enabling you to obtain your awareness to notice subtle changes and become conscious of deeper and deeper levels, and helps you become aware of and control your monkey mind.”  [Bruce Frantzis, Tai Chi: Health for Life]  Perhaps this is why our own instructor Christian recently had us do a focusing, calming breath before the opening bow in the Tai Chi Yang 108 long form, to ‘clear out our monkey mind’ and just stay within our breath. Where have your thoughts been traveling this week?

 

  • Shares/Finds: Fascinating young lady Chen style Tai Chi video clickable here  And Bruce Frantzis has a new audio podcast series starting with this link What Is Taoism    Vote for Vaughn Ripley, a tai chi practitioner using internal arts to combat HIV, to be on the cover of Men’s Health Magazine.

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes: Some shaking and 8-piece brocade qigong warm-ups, one handed Tai Chi part I yang 108, martial application and occipital point considerations of Look/Gaze in the 13 Postures. And then its All About The Kidneys. Bones like water, spray house, working on transitions between Split & Ward-off in the 13 postures (importance of heel of the palm, bubbling well, mind intention, heaven and earth hand, etc.). Ten breaths. Five colored clouds surrounding the mountain (did you ‘see’ your skeleton?). Ward off drills.  Keeping monkey mind at bay. Some hsing-yi principles discussion and practice at the Sunday Dragon Gym session.  Golden Lotus Qigong practice with a small snowy St. Patrick’s Day Monday audience. 

 

  • Student News & Events: Lots of great news to share this week! Join our new Tuesday night 7.30p Tai Chi class at Blue Buddha Studio on Rte 100 near Ludwigs corner.  Master Wei Lun Huang (“Sifu”) will be conducting a local 2-day workshop at Dragon Gym in Exton on May 17 & 18 –for those of you who didn’t make it to his session at Boston Healing Tao recently or to Wakulla Springs last fall. Details here One of our students Jose is conducting a multi-session Ikebana workshop at Neil Hazinski Pottery in Phoenixville, dates and pricing info at phone 610-551-2796.  Welcome new spring session students at Chester County Night School. Locals, I also mentioned last week, student practice sessions drop-in (sans instructor) Mondays at 1.30pm at Lionville Holistic Health Center in Exton. April 26 is the annual celebration of World Tai Chi Day, stay tuned for more related news. In the Twittersphere, thanks @mashiahvaughn for favoriting one of our tweets. Facebook fans (and local students) HAPPY BIRTHDAY soon to John C and Martina S.  WordPress supporters –thank you for bigger jump in readership the past 30 days (Feb18 to March16) than in the previous 30!

 

  • Publishing note: I’ve been asked to move the newsletter frequency to bi-weekly. See you around April 1.

 

  • Weekly Schedule:   NOTE: Any Non-YMCA class offsite = FREE to Military Veterans!

 

MORNINGS

Lionville YMCA  … 100 Devon Drive  Exton PA

Mon, Weds, Fri

7:30 AM

AFTERNOONS

Eagleview YMCA …699 Rice Blvd  Exton PA

Tues, Thurs

4:45 PM

Tuesday Night

Blue Buddha Studio

1247 Pottstown Pike    Glenmoore PA

Price point = ___? TBD

Tuesday

7:15 pm

Thursday Night

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr Exton

 90 min., small class attention, Tai Chi &   mixed

 *$25 drop in   rate

Thursday

 

7:00 PM

Monday night

 

Chester County Night School, Tai Chi class

820 Frank Rd in West Chester

Pre-pay, multi-week   . Started on 3/17 http://www.chestercountynightschool.org

Monday

 

7.30 PM

Thursday   morning

Tai Chi classes at Eat Drink OM Yoga Café

124 E. Gay St in West Chester

 $15 drop in rate each class

Thursdays

 

7:30 AM

  

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

Kathleen Rice   unitedtaichi@gmail.com    

CRUSH: United Tai Chi digest 12/4/13

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  • In the world of internal arts, the term “Crush” corresponds to the wood element in Chinese medicine and is part of the 5 element Hsing-Yi practice and energy matrix of the universe in Taoist cosmology.  It aims to mimic a fist growing out of the body, or an arrow darting. In 2013, in my journey back to amateur writing, blogging, journaling, columns or essays, that energy matrix has yielded personal influencers of a crush-worthy nature.  Artisans who have begun to show me that who I am on paper (or screen) is meaningful, worthwhile and still relates to internal arts and Tai Chi.  That I see vindication of my style or approach in some of their writing is further encouragement that I have been on the right path.  I used to wonder if throwing the occasional pop-culture or non-internal arts reference and humor into one of my newsletters was off-putting or un-relatable. That is until I discovered the books and podcasts of Paul Read (“The Beancurd Boxer”) who’s work has shown me, that for a relative beginner who has come to this art late in life (not a Karate Kid was I), it is a little easier to grasp something when crafted in my own language (see his crazy funny One Last Thing: The History of the Martial Arts Philosophy).  I also want to thank Mark Saltveit (The Tao of Chip Kelly), Tim Larkin (Survive The Unthinkable), Mark Salzman (Iron and Silk), Sifu Anthony K (Flowing Zen blogs and articles), Peter Wayne (The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi), Deng Ming-Dao (The Wandering Taoist) Gail Reichstein (Wood Becomes Water) Dan Kleiman (Qi Gong Radio podcasts) and Bruce Frantzis (energyarts.com) whose words or voices I have been fortunate to have encountered or were recommended to me.  Outside of Tai Chi, though still journalists I geek out over, I want to also mention music writers Peter Cooper, Brian Mansfield and Robert K. Oermann.  Lastly, a special honorable mention of Owen Gleiberman who I have followed now and again over the years and whose amazing recent article for Entertainment Weekly about Robert Redford’s career inspired me to change my digest topic this weekend   http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/11/30/robert-redford-is-an-underrated-actor/   Just like Tai Chi, writing is an art and a discipline, inspired from the heart, requiring practice and patience.  And I want to thank students and teachers of United Tai Chi and all of our readers for sharing both with me this year.  I was fortunate to have also found, in our instructor Christian, a ‘voice’ who’s teaching style resonates with the type of learner/listener/reader/writer that I am.

 

  • New class alert:  Starting January 6th, six session Monday night tai chi class at East Bradford Elementary School in West Chester, 7.30pm.  $62 pre-pay, and you order course #14WFH710 from http://www.chestercountynightschool.org.  Please read their snow/closure policy for classes held inside a school building.              

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes:  ‘Serve the fruit’ warm-ups, right side Tai Chi and Left side Tai chi, thirteen postures. Inhale and exhale stories.  Cleansing breath, gathering breath, calming breath. Neck exercises as part of the standing 10.  Finger and palm connections in “press” and “shoulder strike”.  Eight pieces of brocade. Parts I and II of Yang 108. Thanksgiving take-away:  seeing my 3 year old grandnephew demonstrate a great rendition of “folding”. 

 

  • Student News & Events:  Annual holiday breakfast thank you for Christian, Friday December 6 at 8:45am (following the morning class) at Penn’s Table, 268 Eagleview Blvd in Exton. Truck loading day for our Angel Tree youth sponsor gifts you guys helped contribute for is Thursday morning December 5 at the Lionville Y.  An early Christmas present—reached 1,000 Facebook followers!  Red Cross blood drive Friday December 20 also at the Lionville Y, join our life saving mission with a donor appointment at http://www.redcrossblood.org and use our sponsor code of lionville (or sign up at the Y).  Welcome back Carl to the morning classes. Welcome a reader in Croatia to our WordPress newsletter. Welcome @aharkins1 from Florida and @LoveLightandQi from the UK to our Twittersphere.  Rest in peace to a fallen outdoorsman, marine biology fan, humanitarian/activist, film actor and Brazillian ju-jitsu student, Paul Walker this past weekend. 

 

  • Weekly Schedule:   

MORNINGS

Lionville YMCA  … 100 Devon Drive  Exton PA

Mon, Weds, Fri

7:30 AM

AFTERNOONS

Eagleview YMCA …699 Rice Blvd  Exton PA

Tues, Thurs

4:45 PM

Tuesday Night

Radley Run Country Club

1100 Country Club Rd in West Chester

[60 min, Pre-pay in bulk $70 for 4 classes]

Tuesday

7:00 PM

Thursday Night

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr Exton

[90 min., small   class attention, Tai Chi

 *$25 drop in   rate]

Thursday

 

7:00 PM

Monday night

Starting   1/6/14

Chester County Night School, Tai Chi class

820 Frank Rd in West Chester

$62   pre-pay for 6 classes,   Order at http://www.chestercountynightschool.org

Monday

7.30 PM

Coming   soon…

Additional night class locally for a mixed variety of   internal arts  (Hsing-Yi, Bagua and   other modalilties) TBD

TBD

 

 

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

Kathleen Rice    unitedtaichi@gmail.com     

Group Rate: United Tai Chi 9/11/13 digest

One of our students practicing abroad.

One of our students practicing abroad.

  • Connecting groups.  Small group discussion. Study groups.  Earlier this spring we talked about one of the eight “Active ingredients” that Peter Wayne mentions in The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi (social and community interaction). Even Saihung in The Wandering Taoist has two acolytes –Sound of Clear Water and Mist Through a Grove, as he starts his exploration.  Though sometimes we like to practice alone, in the quiet of our own internal spaces, we cannot deny that part and parcel of our Tai Chi practice is the effect of others and the shared experiences of a group dynamic.  Why were at least 75% of congregants wearing the color blue at a service this weekend? There was no memo, nor email, phone-tree, smoke signal, et al, saying ‘Hey everyone were blue at 9am’.  There was not a special Blue holiday that I was aware of. No cookie monster nor Blue Man Group tribute.  And yet, just like with our fellow Tai Chi players, we were somehow part of a shared experience or connecting path, a sociological phenomenon, a mystical telepathy that keeps us stitched to one another.  How were you impacted by groups this week?

 

  • Shares/FindsInteresting article about how even the way you chop and prepare your food or your posture while standing can utilize Tai Chi influence to impact the result of the meal  http://yang-sheng.com/?p=9311    You can listen to Tai Chi instructor and blogger Bean Curd Boxer (Paul Read) wax poetic on “What is Rooting” in this audio podcast http://teapotmonk.podomatic.com/entry/2013-09-02T07_16_26-07_00  Bruce Frantzis of Energy Arts is promoting colleague Paul Cavel’s program launch of “Five Keys to Taoist Energy Arts” by rolling out a small video once a week, starting with (1)Circling Hands and (2)Building your qi with standing QiGong.  See http://www.energyarts.com/blog

 

  • Wrap-up of the past week’s classes:  Welcome new students Dolores, Cosmo and Peter.  Two parts of Yang 108 Tai Chi form, ten breaths, thirteen postures. More tai chi walk/balance practice. Left foot transition options in Dragon Tongue Kick (beginner vs advanced; thanks Ron). Scissor step discussion for Play the Pan Pan. Practice testing your ability to block out radio/TV noise or monkey mind intrusions.

 

  • Student News and Upcoming Events: Thanks Rim for sharing your note about using your Tai Chi breathing practices during physical therapy. Welcome B.M.A. Italy @baguacademy to our Twittersphere. It is nice to see Christian back again after being sidelined last week. Jaclyn thanks for the update (and photos) from abroad –setting a fine example with your travel Tai Chi practice.  Happy belated birthday Irene.   Boot Road Park Monday nights…your last class is 9/16.  Thanks Deb for your comments on proprioception (9/4 Wordperess) and emptying (9/9 Facebook), and good luck to your dad.  Next week: another wayward summer traveler back in town?  Christian’s next Qi Gong workshop is Saturday September 28, 2pm –talk it up!

  

  • Etcetera:  Liz, I did not hang on to the railing this weekend, thanks.  Baby steps.

 

  •  Weekly Schedule:  (note Monday night wind down soon)

 

MORNINGS

Lionville YMCA  … 100 Devon Drive  Exton PA

Mon, Weds, Fri

7:30 AM

AFTERNOONS

Eagleview YMCA …699 Rice Blvd  Exton PA

Tues, Thurs

4:45 PM

EVENING

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr Exton

  [90 minute, small class attention, *separate fees   apply]

Thursday

7:00 PM

Monday night beginners

Beginners  at Boot Road Park (last   class 9/16/13)

110 W. Boot Rd  West Chester     $10 drop in rate.

Monday

6:00 PM

 

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Kathleen Rice       unitedtaichi@gmail.com