Tag Archives: Chester County Tai Chi

Weather Channel: United Tai Chi digest 1/19/15

  • This weekend the North East and Mid –Atlantic region of the US were showered with a coat of freezing rain, resulting in many automobile accidents. Concerns of flooding grew as the temperature rose a bit later in the day. These are examples of water’s destructive rather than creative personality. In the Five Elements of Chinese Medicine, water is associated with the season of winter. During winter in this hemisphere, some humans tend to “hibernate”, not unlike bears. It is a darker season, with short daylight hours and less incidence of pleasant outdoor blooming flora. With less light in our eyes, some experience a phenomenon currently known as Seasonal Affective Disorder –an anagram that literally spells SAD. It is important to note at this time of year (though many lose interest), physical activity is one of the major deterrents of SAD. Internal arts practitioners would certainly include the practices of Tai Chi, Qi Gong and meditation. On an icy surface, people are more likely to fall, so developing a greater sense of internal and external balance, intention, leg strength and flexibility come in handy. We become more aware of our surroundings. Be sure and get some “golden light” in your eyes in the coming days. Giving back to others is one of those “lights” –share with us how you spent your Martin Luther King day of service.
  • Shares/Finds: For those studying the 24 Form (sometimes called the Tai Chi short form), Best Tai Chi Videos site posted this video.
  • Student News & Events: Appreciation for those of us who joined UTC for Christian’s Qi Gong workshop at Kokikai Akido School this weekend– a study in connections and internal balance. Master Armstrong encountered weather/travel issues this weekend and will reschedule his monthly Sunday morning session at Dragon Gym. Sincere condolences from our Tai Chi family to Martina on the loss of a loved one last month. Anyone with birthdays to share in February, let me know for a blog mention next time. Hello to our snowbirds who are spending the winter in warmer climates, hope to see you back in the spring.
  • Social Media Roundup: Welcome our new followers, sharers or readers on the following platforms: (Twitter) @YjtcNpc , @goldduster96 and @dogperson77. Our friends at Lighthouse Tai Chi in the UK report snow and ice there as well. (Facebook) Maria M and Raydoune Z joined us recently. (Pinterest) Check out the boards of our new follower Joseph M. (WordPress) Thank you for making our last blog –Year of the Goat our third most read title in the past 12 months!

LAYERS: United Tai Chi digest 11/10/14

  • In many parts of the US, in recent weeks folks have begun the process of layering. Dressing their children to wait at the bus stop for the early morning chill, or preparing ourselves for outdoor activities to be reactive to the changing temperature as the day’s light and sun position play our their autumn story. Nielsen consumer insights in 2012 had included in their Breakthrough Innovation Awards program Trident Layers And of course Ogres (Shrek), like onions, have layers. And here is the fun ‘living the art’ part. Just like gum, Shrek and kids winter clothes, our tai chi practice has layers, or if you prefer, levels or stages. The Human Stage, the Earth Stage and the Sky Stage. The human stage is punctuated by lightness (qing), slowness (man), circular movement (yuan) and constant rate (yun). Through years of practice, one may next reach the earth stage, with its principals of agility (ling), relaxation (song), and sinking (chen). The next goal is the sky stage, with its focus on the mental training. Emptiness and solidity, breathing, consciousness, void and stillness (xujing). These stages are covered in more detail in Tsun Hwa Jou’s “The Dao of Taijiquan: Way to Rejuvenation”, which some of your fellow local students have a copy to borrow.  What is your story of layers this month, or how have internalized a picture of some of your own goals?
  • Shares/Finds: A fun lighthearted look at speed Sifu training. An article on how Tai Chi offers anti-aging benefits at the cellular level. And in case you missed it our book review for Robin Gamble’s new The Power of Tai Chi Chuan online here

 

  • Student News & Events: Join us for the monthly Exton Dragon Gym Sunday session with fellow instructors Al Tolbert, John Armstrong and Ted Nawalinski on November 23 at 10 am. Please join me in thanking all of our veterans this week (and every week), including our local instructor Christian! If local students would once again like to participate in the YMCA’s Angel Tree program and collectively purchase holiday gifts for one child in the Delaware Valley Children’s Charity community, let me know and we can get this organized soon. You guys did such a great job of this last year.
  • Social Media Roundup: Thank you Guy Tomash of Slanted Flying, and Robin Gamble of Warrior Strategy for the book review commentary. Thank you to our new followers, sharers or readers on the following platforms: (Twitter) Lori @JujitsuSensei and Rick @chevyrep. (Pinterest) check out boards from new fans MartialArtsConnect and Simone T (Facebook) Welcome Gal from Brooklyn, and Albert from El Paso to our FB fans page. (WordPress) Welcome first time readers to our blog from Denmark, Poland, Thailand and Romania.
  • 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

 

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

Kathleen Rice       unitedtaichi@gmail.com

RECOVERY: United Tai Chi digest 10/28/14

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  • 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

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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

     

Velvet Bricks: United Tai Chi digest 11/27/13

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  • Does this remind you of one of our principles in internal arts … “We need to become velvet bricks, soft on the outside and hard on the inside, and allow children to fail when they are young in order to succeed when they are adults.”  [Tim Elmore, president of Growing Leaders and author of ‘Habitudes’ book series].  As Tai Chi students, we strive to be more like iron wrapped in silk –the illusion of external formlessness and fluidity while maintaining internal strength inside our bones. Malleable, flexible, adaptable, yet not weak.  In the recent film “Man of Tai Chi”, one of the competition commentators pondered of Tiger Chen “He used a soft style in a hard way, isn’t that a contradiction?”  The Dao of Taijiquan  [Tsung Hwa Jou] might answer back, “At the point of maximum yin or softness, yang or hardness is born.”  Internal arts practice teaches us that two ends of the spectrum can exist simultaneously.  We learn to build up internal strength by breathing into our bone marrow, while an external softness helps us break up the force of a strike (you’ve heard our own instructor share “don’t meet force with force”).  Student athletes are shown that soft hands technique helps you catch the ball (and I’m sure more than one wannabe Ron Jaworski thought lotion was the answer). A needle in cotton.  Iron in silk. Velvet bricks.  But if I am hard on the inside does that mean I have to stop listening to Josh Groban’s “To Where You Are”?

 

  • Cold weather tips:  From Dr. Tai Chi Salford’s blog, a Lishi practitioner in greater Manchester UK:  “Warm-ups play an important part in enhancing the performance of an athlete and avoiding injury.  Warm ups gradually increase the heart rate and circulation in the body which loosen the joints and increase blood flow to the muscles.  This increases the core temperature of the body which also allows more muscle motor units to be recruited if needed.  Lengthening of the muscles prepares them for physical and prevents injury as does a lowering of connective tissue resistance.” Thanks to our Twitter connection Wan-Ley Yeung for the link.

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes:  Digested hip and palm situations for ward off and play the pan pan. Scoop the water review. Nutcrackers and icing. Self correction and patience. Brain hemisphere and balance practices in warm-ups, armpit openings, knee height and flexibility discussion in Dragon Tongue Kick, and the origins of Yee-Haw.  Ron can’t get by with just phoning in the wrist exercises.  Our cold-room warm up calisthenics, and even one like that ice skater “Yoko Ono”.  Friday’s quote of the day… KR: “Shall we try Lion step again?” AF: “I don’t ever want to do that again.” Phoenix bagua.  Moving the Mountain warm-ups, and Balance practice postures (reminiscent of Growing Like a Tree qi gong).   

 

  • Student News & Events:  Reminder, no night class at the pharmacy on Thanksgiving Thursday 11/28. Likewise the Y will not hold the Friday morning class 11/29.  Thank you to our Radley Run students for our inaugural class in that location last week.  Angel Tree youth holiday gift sponsors, I’m turning in our sack to the Y this week, thank you so much to everyone who participated! (I hope to get a photo on truck loading day soon). Holiday thank you breakfast for Christian to be on Friday December 6 at 8:45am following the morning class, at Penn’s Table (268 Eagleview Bvd in Exton).  Celebrating over 1,000 total Wordrpress views since I started posting there this summer– thanks Ray, Deb and Jaime for your commentary on “Speed, and welcome one reader from Serbia.  Welcome @martialart_judo from Melbourne, @BigBearAcademy in Illinois and @arrow_mike to our Twittersphere.   Soooooo close –hey we are at 997 Facebook likes, still would like to see us hit 1,000 before year’s end.  It’s less fattening than Thanksgiving leftovers.

 

  • Etcetera:  “Forget using your head to train your body. Use your body to train your head. Muscles and ligaments remember better than your mind.”  [Paul Read, Ways of Learning]

 

  • Weekly Schedule:  [holiday alert, no class 11/28, 11/29]

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

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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FACEBOOK   http://www.facebook.com/UnitedTaiChi.chesco

TWITTER       http://www.twitter.com/unitedtaichi 

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

Kathleen Rice    unitedtaichi@gmail.com     

Speed: United Tai Chi digest 11/20/13

Kathleen at the Country Music Half Marathon, 2009

Kathleen at the Country Music Half Marathon, 2009

  • Gordon Gekko, Michael Douglas’ “Wall Street character could almost have said:  “Speed, for lack of a better word, is good. Speed is right. Speed clarifies, cuts through and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Speed in all of its forms has marked the upward surge of mankind.”  Some internal arts practitioners, masters or instructors are on board the speed train.  They hail the power, strength or fa-jing that speed supports.  For some, a level of proficiency or experience with the postures has as its goal eventual speed.  I however still align myself with the Slowskys  from a TV ad for a particular broadband internet service.  (Yes I know they have ‘turtle-back’ and we are supposed to be snake-spine, but go with me for a moment).  Back in my fitter running days, I was what running journalist John Bingham (“No Need for Speed”, Rodale Press 2002) has called a ‘penguin’ or ‘back-of-the-packer’.  The elite finishers from Kenya or Ethiopia never had to worry about me breathing down their necks at some of the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathons, nor Broad Street Run.  I just wanted to cover the distance at my own pace, and enjoy the energy of the course.  I have taken the same approach to Tai Chi.  I enjoy the reward of the slow train, the measured lingering practice, the languid journey at taking your own sweet time to enjoy the energy of the course.   Sifu Domingo Colon writes, in practicing slowly “you have the opportunity to think about, analyze and feel what is occurring in the exercise. It is also easier to recognize and correct errors in balance, coordination, posture, etc. Moving slowly allows you to focus on relaxation during each movement and to coordinate your breathing correctly with the moves for the purpose of maximizing a strong energy flow.” So too our own instructor advises “If we slow it down, our bodies read the book better and we don’t skip over things.”  I’ll take Ecclesiastes for $500 Alex… (the race is not always to the swiftest). 

 

  • New class alert:  Tai Chi at Radley Run Country Club in West Chester, Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:00 PM .  $70 pre-pay for four classes.  Starts 11/19/13         (1100 Country Club Rd)

 

You can find Dan and his colleagues at Brookline Tai Chi in suburban Boston http://www.brooklinetaichi.org 

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes:  Eyeballs in your fingers to ‘see’ your alignment and spinal health issues, Ten Breaths qi gong, Grasp the Sparrows tail review, chewing your tongue. Inhale through your eyes and exhale through your ears. Review drills of White Crane Spreads Wings, done to both sides. A silent run through of part I of Yang 108 form.  Eight pieces of brocade. Review drills for Ward Off and arm intricacies for Dragon Tongue Kick. Hearing joint popping/opening sounds means you are on a path to progress. 

 

  • Student News & Events: Happy birthday to our dear Janet.  I tried to find a cardboard cut-out of Chuck Norris on the internet for you as a gag gift, but alas came up empty handed (aren’t you glad).  The Wednesday night pharmacy class you may have seen a flyer about is (a) temporarily on hold or (b) seeking a location.  Angel Tree youth holiday gift sponsors, thank you to those who have turned in your assigned items or chipped in funds, we hope to turn in the final container to the Y very soon so please turn in your items this week to me for the number coded container. Welcome back YuYin and welcome new student Tony to the morning class. Welcome @sihingdai from Ontario to our Twittersphere.  Please join our Red Cross blood drive at Lionville YMCA on Friday December 20  http://www.redcrossblood.org and use our sponsor code lionville to register.

 

  • 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

Coming   soon…

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

 

TBD

 

 

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

FACEBOOK   http://www.facebook.com/UnitedTaiChi.chesco

TWITTER       http://www.twitter.com/unitedtaichi 

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

Kathleen Rice        unitedtaichi@gmail.com     

Blood Work: United Tai Chi digest 11/13/13

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  • Healthy circulation: it’s not just for periodicals (and WordPress blogs). Increased circulation of your chi with internal arts likewise increases your rate of blood circulation, resulting in “feeling stronger, more comfortable and more relaxed as you stand” (The Way of Energy, Lam Kan Chuen). Blood pressure is also positively impacted with Tai Chi and related internal arts, owing to their function as a stress reliever and relaxer –e.g., Peter Wayne’s Wayne’s Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi comments on studies showing decrease in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings with regular practice of Tai Chi.  Blood is impacted by the healthy functioning of the liver, spleen and heart.  “Blood in Chinese medicine is the physical expression of a sense of self. It nourishes and moistens our self-esteem, providing a rich understanding of who we are.”  (Wood Becomes Water, Gail Reichstein).  Body and mind tension are related to the flow of blood circulation to and from the brain, and a shortage may rob you of “the juice to process information rapidly and make insightful decisions. Equally, when the blood does not drain from the brain, your thought process and internal dialogue may become busy, confused, overly involved and heavy” (Tai Chi Health for Life, Bruce Frantzis).  Improved blood circulation also assists our joints.  A fave of mine, the 1994 film “Quiz Show” about TV game show scandals of the 1950s, a contestant panders to the host and advertisers, saying his wife’s tired blood was helped with Geritol.  Perhaps she could have used a little Tai Chi if you ask me. Dexter, Shakespeare, Sam Peckinpah, Carrie, Dracula, Joel & Ethan Coen –they knew the importance of some quality plasma. 

 

  • Upcoming class notices: Tuesday nights at Radley Run country club in West Chester in the works Very Soon, and potentially a 2nd night class at Lionville Natural Pharmacy Holistic Health Center  added on to our current Thursday one (one night for Tai Chi only, other night for a variety of internal arts).  I have heard back from a few about Radley Run; other locals please voice your pharmacy interest.

 

 

  •  Wrap-up of recent classes:  Practicing sensing our internal connections during some of the postures and warm-ups (organs, joints, etc.). Thirteen postures.  A brief journey into Yang108 part 2 opening moves for a few of the afternoon students.  Introduced some bagua animal stepping like Bear and Lion (thanks Janet for the roar).  Standing 10. Reviewed some drills with the Neutralize posture.  Discussed palm changes controlled by the hip.  Yin palms and receiving/understanding.  Joint postures in opening bow (thanks Ellen for the questions).  Saliva, and health benefits when your “three rivers flow” (mouth, eyes, nose). Reviewed play the pan pan. Discussed snake-spine versus turtle back.  Quote of the day: “I hope she’s not pregnant” (chronologically mature student Dave, on his wife’s light-headedness).   

 

  • Student News & Events: Welcome new students, including Beth and Mike. Thank you Angel Tree sponsors who have signed up—those of you who chose chip-in funds instead of gifts please see us this week as are designated shoppers will be out this weekend. Best wishes to Chris M heading south for the winter soon.  Another viewing of the empowering “Girl Rising” documentary was attended by Judith’s church.  “Man of Tai Chi” on-demand movie and pizza night was grand Monday night, thanks to those who shared it with me.  Annual holiday breakfast thank you for Christian coming up this quarter, date TBD, watch for details.  A proposed internal arts sharing community (class or event or networking) with folks from Master John Armstrong and Dr. Al Tolbert’s classes –dubbed a “meeting of the three families” (do I need a blood oath?).  Irene indicates the women’s shelter in Coatesville is accepting household goods or youth items –Gateway shelter at CWYA 610-384-9591or http://www.cya.org.  Likewise the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County 610-431-3546 or http://www.dvccc.com/youcanhelp/wishlist.html.  Send your positive healing energy, and Red Cross support, out to families devastated by the typhoon impact in the Philippines.  Welcome @Jimmy_Lokrond  (Indonesia) @clinic_INMI (Ireland) to our international Twittersphere and readers in Hong Kong and Taiwan have found us on WordPress.   And finally, a happy 40th birthday on the 13th to my ‘baby’ brother Patrick.  Thank you guys for your continued dedication to internal arts and supporting our events and practices this busy time of year.

 

  • 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

EVENINGS

 

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr Exton

[90 min., small   class attention, *$25 drop in rate]

Thursday

 

7:00 PM

Coming Soon…

Tuesday night class at Radley Run Country Club in West   Chester [separate fees apply]

And potential 2nd night class at Lionville   Natural Pharmacy  [separate fees apply]

TBD

7p or 7.30p

Private paid lessons available   upon request –check with instructor for scheduling

 

  • 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