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Year of the Goat: United Tai Chi digest 1/5/15

  • We have just christened 2015, the year of the goat. One of the yin Chinese zodiac signs, the goat is stable, sympathetic, kind-hearted, compassionate and willing to sacrifice his or her own interests to help others. Goats in different birth years are linked to different elements. Many water goats (b. 1943) share the art of music–including Janis Joplin, George Harrison, John Denver, Barry Manilow, Joni Mitchell and Jim Croce. Known for his environmentalism, Denver seemed to be aligned with the Taoist principles of communing with nature, respecting and drawing inspiration from earth’s elements. Harrison, known as the “quiet Beatle”, had an abiding interest in Eastern philosophies, instruments and meditation. Creative thinkers like Bill Nye, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were each born in a wood goat year, 1955. After Jobs’ death, internal arts blogger Paul Read (bean curd boxer) wrote of him “let us welcome the new interpreters, the Yang Chen Fus and Chen Man Ch’ings. Those who evolved the art and took the risk of rejection…just like the I Ching tells us to do. Just like the applications teach us to do.”  Were you born in a year of the goat? Share your story with us. And let us start out 2015 with compassion, kindness and sacrifice.
  • New Event & Class Alert: Christian will be holding a Saturday QiGong workshop on January 17 at Kokikai Akido School (1209 Ward Ave in West Chester). Time slot is 10am to 12pm, and pricing is $20 per hour. He is also a returning Tai Chi instructor for the Chester County Night School program. Dates January 7th to February 11th at Henderson High School in West Chester. Fees $62 bulk rate per person for six classes. Wednesday nights at 7:30pm. Register at this link. Also, regarding some of our Lionville YMCA classes, the Tuesday/Thursday afternoon class has changed temporarily during construction to 4.30pm and last 45 minutes. Join us Sunday January 18 at 10:00 am for a session with Masters Tolbert and Armstrong at Dragon Gym in Exton.
  • Recent Quotes: “As a tool for developing life skills and improving my life, I can think of few things that have done me as much good as starting martial arts training.” Mike Massie, Martial Arts Business Daily
  • Student News & Events: Chris M shared with me via Gmail this great story of enlightenment in her search for Crane vs. Snake debate answers. “On the way to yoga I looked along the roadway at a bird that caught my eye–a white crane! It had a snake in its mouth. The snake was contorting itself in all ways possible. The white crane, with its elegant, elongated curved beak, had all the advantages. White crane trumps snake. That crane, as fragile as it seems, has all the advantages. It speaks tai chi principles on several levels. Words that come to mind: don’t muscle in to a tense situation.” Our condolences to Marcia on the loss of a loved one after an illness. Pray for the families of those lost on AirAsia 8501. Thank you to the Tolberts for hosting many Tai Chi friends at a post-holiday social this weekend. I am watching my new betta fish DiNozzo, who demonstrates the principles of snake spine, bones like water, adapting to your environment, and moving meditation. Master Tolbert introduced us to Qi Journal which you can check out here.
  • Social Media Roundup: Welcome our new followers, sharers or readers on the following platforms: (Twitter) @MUNIOdefense , @QiGongiiQG, @LucasKitchen and @FerguJames. (Pinterest) Check out the boards of our new fans Sara A and Dominic B.(Facebook) Ben T, from whom I found Martial Arts Business Daily and Monica C from the Azores.  And thank you Sifu Chris Bouguyon (National Qi Gong Association board of directors) for connecting with me on LinkedIn.
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Have a great week, and may all your armpits have tuna sandwiches.

Kathleen Rice       unitedtaichi@gmail.com

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:

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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

  • 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:

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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

    • fallleaves
    • 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

     

Elevator Speech: United Tai Chi digest 4/29/14

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  • In transition. Underemployed. Job seeker. Between gigs. Laid off. Seeking other opportunities. These are phrases several of us have uttered at least one time in our lives. Workshops and support groups seek to advise how we can craft our ‘impact statements’ or ‘elevator speech’ that is meant to be a quick summary introduction to our professional selves for potential contacts or employers So too, internal arts teaches us to look inside ourselves to come to a better understanding –to know ourselves first before we can best interpret a competitor, colleague, social contact, family member, opponent, etc.  Are we a competitive, energetic, organized real estate sales consultant who is proactive at anticipating needs and works well with others? A calm, courteous and patient certified nursing assistant with 10 years experience who quickly identifies tasks to be accomplished and builds rapport with supervisors? A confident, creative, open-minded art director who can present ideas effectively and develop an accurate budget or implement a fund-raising event? Like a menu of interchangeable options from column A (transferrable skills), column B (technical skills) and column C (personality traits) we must somehow convey in two minutes what it has taken a long time to experience and achieve.  What we have come to diagnose and reflect on about ourselves after much thoughtful consideration and meditation. Just like we do every day with our tai chi practice, albeit with a more holistic health and mindfulness intention. Yet here we seek to also achieve the next step –forgetting ourselves in order to understand and read others better.  Another skill we should perhaps try and adopt on the job or next career transition path. What is your own version of the ‘elevator speech’ from the perspective of years of personal internal diagnostics?

 

 

  • Shares/Finds: Bill Douglas, founder of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, should have a lot of new updates on his website this week from the various global celebrations on April 26 http://www.worldtaichidady.org (and see our own local notes below). 

 

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes: Exploring the tree tan tiens (of the foot, arm, hand, torso, etc) in many of our postures. Foot positions and transitions for Pull Down/Shoulder Strike and Single Whip. Tricking your mind and challenging muscle memory. Outdoor Blue Buddha 4/19 class worked on the intricacies of Carry the Tiger Over the Mountain. Discussion about internal connections for each of our Thirteen Postures. Drills on the Eight Powers, tai chi crane walk, and some Bagua animal stepping (lion, phoenix, bear).  Ward off drills, circling, fear, trust, releasing tension, white crane practice, and finding the components of Grasp the Sparrows Tail mirrored in Single Whip.

 

  • Student News & Events: Thanks so much all who shared World Tai Chi & Qigong Day with us this past Saturday. We had about 15 folks and did some Eight Pieces of Brocade, Ten Breaths, Five Colored Clouds Around the Mountain, Growing Like a Tree and a bit of the Yang 108 form. It was a great weather day out amongst the trees and the water and the sun (some photos are up on our Facebook and Pinterest). Our new 2014 T-shirts are in, see this link for photo. They are $20 each and if you wear one to our qi-gong-in-the-park events this year you will get a $5 discount that day (dates TBD). Happy belated birthday to Phil G, Sue and Judith. Master Wei Lun Huang (“Sifu”) will be conducting a 2-day workshop at Dragon Gym in Exton on May 17 & 18 with details here, still time to register, though you have missed the early bird pricing discount. Social media roundup: Thanks @BeanCurdBoxer for favoriting one of our tweets (about seated tai chi for long plane rides), and welcome new followers @ASFselfdefense, @TaiChiviaNHS, and @ShaolinLotus. Thanks Ray and Claudia for recent LinkedIn skills endorsements. On Pinterest, welcome Gerald Klein, and thanks for the WTCD photo likes from Jackie Marshall. Welcome new Facebook fan Robin D, and In the WordPress news, the Phillipines is now on our roster of nations where a reader has hailed from, AND, our last blog digest post “The Return” is now our #5 most viewed for United Tai Chi! Thanks.

 

  • Weekly Schedule: Honoring our War Veterans/VFW –any non-YMCA class FREE

DAY

LOCATION

PRICE

TIME

Monday

  • Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

Membership

 

7.30 am

Tuesday

  1. Eagleview YMCA, 699 Rice Blvd, 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. Eagleview YMCA, 699 Rice Blvd, 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

 

  • 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  unitedtaichi@gmail.com     

The Return: United Tai Chi digest 4/15/14

Return

  • Was there something or someone you thought you had lost? A posture in your internal arts practice that you learned once upon a time ago but somehow through a change of attention, focus or intention had inadvertently disappeared?  Finding any of these again helps you with a new sense of appreciation and rediscovery of the joy of movement in stillness, of completing your circles, the stress reduction of an old friend’s company. This re-connecting or returning can sometimes have a sweeter payoff the second time around. The purposefulness of once again aligning in a posture that even though may have been written, sometimes need to be felt or expressed again through re-focused energy. Digesting once again this week, in Part II of Yang 108 the transitions from Cover Cover to Box the Ears for example. The return of many tai chi students this week who had wintered away, or were training with a mentor, or the reunion with a loved one after some time apart. Those have been a recurring theme for this edition of the bi-weekly digest. I hope you have rediscovered something or someone you thought you were missing this week.

 

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes: Rotations around your center axis –maintaining structure and spinal integrity. A few pieces of Golden Lotus Qi gong set, finding connections between Ward Off and our opening bow, kick height questions, and another mention of ‘don’t muscle yourself into an uncomfortable position, relax into it.’  Demonstration of a seated Tai Chi form for a student asking about a long plane trip.  Evening class at the Holistic Health Center a bit of the martial application practice.  Wrist, shoulder and knee warm-ups, Tai Chi Walk and its connection to the opening of 13 Postures, Part II of Yang 108 practice.  Eight pieces of Brocade. Linking the Shoulder Strike and White Crane postures much like our intent for Grasp the Sparrows Tail.
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  • Student News & Events: Welcome back Christian from his studies in Miami with Master Wei Lun Huang recently. And continuing our big welcome back trend, Chris M, Ron & Joy, Doris, Jaclyn, Irene and Dave B have all returned to classes this week and welcome new student Aruna, hi all! Good luck to Alma B. World Tai Chi Day we will celebrate and be part of “One World, One Breath” on Saturday April 26 with an open practice in Kerr Park Downingtown (near the corner of Wallace Ave and Pennsylvania, the side near the children’s playground and the creek). Feel free to join us anytime of the mid-morning after 9:00am, or stay tuned for more updates on our social media sites. Thank you to our new Saturday students at Blue Buddha studio in Glenmoore. Master Wei Lun Huang (“Sifu”) will be conducting a local 2-day workshop at Dragon Gym in Exton on May 17 & 18 with details here and please get your payments in to Al Tolbert by April 18 if you wish the Early-Bird pricing discount! If you want to read more about Steve’s Bikram Yoga motivations click here. Social media roundup: welcome @trutaichi and @JustinEarhart to our Twittersphere, a follow from Imperial Tonics on Pinterest, new Facebook fan Dean R, and In the WordPress news, welcome readers this month from Russian Fedration and Cote D’Iove, Thanks Deb O for your commentary on The Crossing.  

 

  • Weekly Schedule: Honoring our War Veterans/VFW –any non-YMCA class FREE

DAY

LOCATION

PRICE

TIME

Monday

  1. Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

 

  1. East Bradford Elementary, 820 Frank Rd, West Chester PA through Chester County Night School  pre-pay

Membership

 

$72 for 7weeks

7.30am

 

7.30 pm

Tuesday

  1. Eagleview YMCA, 699 Rice Blvd, 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

7.30am

Thursday

  1. Eagleview YMCA, 699 Rice Blvd, 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. Blue Buddha Studio, 1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA

$25 drop-in

(90 min)

12:00 p

 

 

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

Kathleen  unitedtaichi@gmail.com