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A Look Back, Part I: United Tai Chi Digest 12/8/2014

  • The end of 2014 is nearly upon us, so once again I take this time to reflect on some of our UTC markers that we shared in months past, taken in two parts—herein, we focus on the first six months.
    • We held classes and workshops at such diverse sites as Chester County Night School ,Eat Drink Om Yoga café, Lionvlle Holistic Health Center, Blue Buddha Studio, Miller Park, Kerr Park, Dragon Gym and our local YMCA. Events we shared included World Tai Chi Day (“one world, one breath”). Master Wei Lun Huang’s workshops at Boston Healing Tao, and the Dragon Gym, while Master Huang shared with us his stories of his tai chi teaching cruise in Asia.
    • Some students embarked on late winter or early spring travel excursions, Bikram Yoga studies, assisting in equine therapy, a Chinatown (Philadelphia) field trip in search of tai chi swords. Read books like “Laoshi: Tai Chi, Teachers and Pursuit of Principle”.
    • Enhanced our tai chi practice with Golden Lotus Qigong, Bagua Animal stepping, Hsing-yi, and Part III of the Yang 108 form. Dabbled in a few more pop culture connections to our internal arts like Kenny Loggins (“Don’t Fight It”), Keanu Reeves (“Man of Tai Chi”), and films like “American Hustle” (from the feet up) and “The Wolf of Wall Street” (importance of being grounded in the lower tan tien).
    • Newsletter blog essays in the ‘living the art’ theme –connecting our tai chi principles to our daily personal, professional or emotional lives. Such discussions included the impact of tai chi on cross-training fitness; push-hands and the notion of understanding or re-directing your partner or opponent (personal relationships, tennis, work life); monkey mind and Amish youth’s Rumspringa; how tail chi makes us more adaptable travelers and opens up world cultures to us; self-correction in tai chi linked to career or life change (Julia Child, Sting, Walt Disney); Dyer’s “The Power of Intention”; moving meditation, relaxation and the de-stressors of ‘happy hour’; storm black-outs and how disengaging ourselves from our electronic umbilical cords returns us to mindfulness; the importance of the armpit glands in our chi flow; daylight savings time and the effect on Seasonal Affective Disorder; trust or leaps of faith in finally learning to ‘cross the street’ alone; how the art of branding is akin to principles of Taoism; and how a profoundly deep understanding of ourselves helps us define our interview pitch in the job transition arena.
    • Thank you for making the following our most read blog titles published in the first half of the year: “The Return”, “Elevator Speech”’, “Balanced”, “The Armpit Monologues”, “Force Majeure” and “Passport”. Stay tuned for ‘A Look Back, Part II’ in the next blog in two weeks.
  • Shares/Finds: In case you missed it in our August newsletter, here is the link again to download Ted Nawalinski’s “The Science of Qigong Healing” booklet –which cites case studies, applications, and references on the effects of qigong.

 

  • Student News & Events: A big thank you to all who participated once again in sponsoring a child with holiday gifts for the Angel Tree program at the YMCA for the Delaware Valley Children’s Charity. I hope you all had a great time at our annual holiday/birthday breakfast on the December 5th at the Lionshare—it was wonderful to see so many students in attendance, and was greatly appreciated by Christian. You can see a few photos of it on our Pinterest page. Marilyn B’s open house holiday gathering and perhaps some other events coming up later this month. Good luck to Claudia in her travels soon.
  • Social Media Roundup: Thank you to our new followers, sharers or readers on the following platforms: (Twitter) Jean @jeancox92. (Facebook) A big growth week, we have hit or exceeded 1,500 fans! Welcome Simi, Khey, Darren, Benny, Iraida, Nathan, Christopher, Keounda, Manual, Cheryl, Edward and Frank. (WordPress) Hello to our first reader from Panama. Thank you to Sifu Anthony K’s Flowingzen.com for being one our referrers. (Pinterest) check out boards from new follower Chi Shirt. Slantedflying.com’s Guy Tomash has invited me to review internal arts books by Steve Zimcosky.
  • Follow these links to our social media presence on the web:

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

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

WORDPRESSS weekly newsletter blog  http://www.unitedtaichi.wordpress.com

PINTEREST   http://www.pinterest.com/unitedtaichi

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

Kathleen Rice       unitedtaichi@gmail.com

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On The Waterfront: United Tai Chi 8/7/13 Newsletter

Wolfeboro / Lake Winnipesaukee NH

Wolfeboro / Lake Winnipesaukee NH

  • Water. One of the five elements in Chinese medicine. A majority content of the human body. A goal to strive for in Tai Chi is the sensation that our bones become water. Water is a force that is both creative and destructive. Water is also reflective.  A Qi Gong viewpoint of water calls it an essence or vitality “that distinguishes life from non-life, and in many ways consistent with the Western understanding of a soul –the material aspect of divinity”.  (Wood Becomes Water: Chinese Medicine For Everyday Life by Gail Reichstein). I had the opportunity to be out on the water this past weekend, a chance to experience both its flexible yielding nature and its reflective properties. A chance to be in the elements with the wind and the trees. To perhaps inhibit its soulfulness. But going home is only one piece of a journey, one curve on a circular path that also must include the rest of the spaces we encounter outside the water. The spaces we all find joy to navigate.

 

  • Shares/Finds: Those of you who ever had designs on a Tai Chi flash mob, here is a sample of one in Europe this spring. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eaY8VkRAqWI  Tai Chi and Short Weapons seminar in New York City this weekend (August 10-11) at Addis Kung Fu with Sifu Dennis Dereje (who has studied with Master Wei Lun Huang). See http://addiskungfuacademy.com for info.  Women’s Health Magazine, September 2013 issue has an article “The Most Important 5 Seconds of a Your Life”, about self defense. In one of the sidebar call out boxes, it indicates that “people who meditate every day tend to be more attuned to details in the moment. They practice noticing their thoughts and emotions which can make them less likely to freeze up in scary situations, because they’re in touch with their instinctual emotions and not ruled by them”.  The complete article by Tim Larkin, is excerpted from his forthcoming book Survive The Unthinkable: A Total Guide To Women’s Self Protection.

 

  • Wrap-up of the past week’s classes:  Ten breaths. Slowly finding your center.  Self adjustments. Tai chi flash cards.  Five colored clouds. Folding. Listening to your bone marrow. Forgetting yourself. The ‘rock back’ mechanics of brush knee. Thirteen postures. Director’s cut extended version of Dragon Tongue Kick/Parry Redirect.

 

  • Student News and Upcoming Events:  From what I hear the Qi Gong workshop this past Saturday went very well, thank you to everyone who attended and shared your enthusiasm –I heard nice things from Deborah and Rick via Email and Facebook (where you can view the photos).  Stay tuned for a repeat soon. Those away traveling recently include Jane and Martina. I got my fill of shellfish at a weekend pilgrimage to my homeland in the lakes region of NH –from lobster rolls, to chowder, to scallops, to clam rolls…sorry no crab as a professional courtesy. Thanks to @EmpoweringQi for favoriting one of our Twitter posts. Thanks Ray for the Linkedin endorsement.  Life saving Red Cross blood drive at Lionville YMCA (8/23), register here http://bit.ly/1aJCcaF    

 

  • Etcetera: From  How To Be A Successful Tai Chi Teacher  (Bill Douglas) …”When you feel what you are saying, it changes the resonance of your voice and the vibration of the room. Sharing an experience with your students rather than talking at them is a shift in approach.”  I’m sure all of us would agree we are fortunate to have such a teaching experience at United Tai Chi.

 

  • Weekly Schedule  

MORNINGS

Lionville YMCA  … 100 Devon Drive

Mon, Weds, Fri

7:30 AM

AFTERNOONS

Eagleview YMCA …699 Rice Blvd

Tues, Thurs

4:45 PM

EVENING

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr

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

Thursday

7:00 PM

Spring/Summer Evening

Beginners  at Boot Road Park (weather permitting)

110 W. Boot Rd       $10 drop in rate.

Monday

6:00 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      PINTEREST   http://www.pinterest.com/unitedtaichi

         

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

Kathleen        unitedtaichi@gmail.com     

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Mapquest: United Tai Chi 7/17/13 newsletter

  • ImageMaps. I’ve been working on a mapping project the top of this week for another one of the job hats I wear. Where do you dwell, what is your location, in what township or neighborhood is your domicile, where do you ‘hang your hat’ so to speak. We also find maps in acupuncture meridians and Chinese medicine. In feng shui. The five elements. The eight trigrams. Breathing orbits. Chi energy flow.  Maps abound in internal arts and related disciplines. Here is hoping that the internal map that you are following leads you to a healthy place –but just remember, there is no shame in stopping to ask for directions along the way.
  • Shares/Finds:  A great find on Pinterest that I shared on FB–“30 benefits of Qi Gonghttp://on.fb.me/13ShfY1     Also the National Qi Gong Association is having their annual conference in King of Prussia from July 26-28, more info here http://nqa.org/2013/01/the-2013-nqa-conference/
  • Wrap-up of the past week’s classes:  Ten breaths and revisiting our hip folding and fingertip connections. Thirteen postures and breaking down the transitions from Split to Pull Down to Ward Off.  Golden Lotus Qi Gong. Continued further drill work on postures and transitions in the middle of Part I Yang 108. Student demonstrations. Body bites and uprooting the opponent. Different speeds practice for Part I.  Repulse monkey and it’s “cousin” brush knee. Eyeball workouts for your ‘eyecepts’.  Listening to what your bones are telling you. Balance tips. More work on Dragon Tongue Kick. Don’t forget the previous posture sets up the next move.
  • Student News and Upcoming Events: The photo here is one shot from Ray’s vacation (view from the train, Barcelona to Madrid).  Christian’s Qi Gong healing workshop is on Saturday August 3rd, 8am in Kerr Park Downingtown: $25 for around  90-minutes-to-2-hours (please bring a mat or blanket for some ground work).  RSVP on our Facebook page or to unitedtaichi@gmail.com.   Christian will be sharing  some Tai Chi and Qi Gong with Hopi Indians out west on his summer travels. Linda shared with us her “rooting” story while practicing Tai Chi on the beach during a recent trip.  Boot Road Park folks, class is still on the 22nd weather permitting (fun awesome substitute, not like those hard-noses you had back in school).  Wayward travelers back to class this week –Janet and Annette.  Welcome to our new Facebook and Pinterest followers this week. One of our connections is Will Brown who teaches in Ontario at The Tai Chi Players –where I sometimes find interesting Pinterest or Twitter items. 
  • Et cetera:  Anyone needing a virtual massage, check out Claudia’s July 11 blog http://bit.ly/12qse9H Also, Bill Douglas’s video promoting his Tai Chi health and recovery benefits for medical conditions at Turning Point Center for Hope and Healing at the University of Kansas has got me itching to shoot another short cell-phone video Testimonial of one of our own students again (like Ray C did this spring) –let me know if one of you wants to try it, thanks. 
  • Weekly Schedule

MORNINGS

Lionville YMCA  … 100 Devon Drive

Mon, Weds, Fri

7:30 AM

AFTERNOONS

Eagleview YMCA …699 Rice Blvd

Tues, Thurs

4:45 PM

EVENING

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr

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

Thursday

7:00 PM

Spring/Summer Evening

Beginners  at Boot Road Park (weather permitting)

110 W. Boot Rd       $10 drop in rate.

Monday

6:00 PM

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

 FACEBOOK   https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Tai-Chi/392555767502788  

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

    

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

Kathleen       unitedtaichi@gmail.com    

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