Tag Archives: Golden Lotus Qi Gong

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!
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Daylight Savings: United Tai Chi digest 3/12/14

DST

  • Finished your dinner and the sun still hasn’t gone down yet?  Has it made you start thinking about your gardens, outdoor fitness activities, yard implements and a general improvement in mood? In our “Winter Solstice” blog from mid-December we talked about Seasonal Affective Disorder and the wellness impact of fewer daylight hours in the winter. It is no secret that to have sunlight shining in our eyeballs and warming our bones acts as a natural mood lifter in the earth-bound world, and we find that sensation mimicked in some of our internal arts practices. Regardless of its perceived impact on energy usage, economics, agrarian society, sporting activities and crime, the adoption of DST (daylight savings time) sets up a moderate personal physical change. Like a bell that rings just before spring comes, perhaps eliciting a Pavlovian type response to seek out the brightness.  One of the postures in the Golden Lotus Qi Gong healing modality set is in fact “Golden Light Shines in the Eyes”.  Master Wei Lun Huang relays the importance of the imagination here– looking to the horizon seeing the sun come up and drawing that sunlight from your fingertips up from the horizon and pouring  that light directly into your eyes.  Then the eyes look deep into your brain and your spine, one vertebrae at a time, as the ‘sun’ makes a 360 degree journey over your body from the front of the feet to the top of your head and down the back of your spine. This aims to introduce warm energy throughout the entire body. We all could do with some extra light in our life by this time of year. What will you do with your extra evening hour of daylight this week?

 

  • Shares/Finds: A Twitter connection, @openblackbelt, wanted to share this found list of 14 Martial Arts Movies everyone should see.  Also any local area yoga fans, on Saturday May 10 is the Philadelphia area yoga festival Namas Day. Details at  http://namasdayphilly.com/.

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes: Eight powers and five directions, 7 lords ‘a leaping, floating the boat and Push Hands philosophy, and using the palm/tailbone of the Earth hand to drive not only Brush Knee but many other postures. More practice on using weight shifts and hip positions as foot re-directional, 13 Postures, neutralize and staying in your harmonies.  Spiraling, the 70% rule, questions about Scoop the Water, listening to your body, dandelion roots, and Parry Re-direct. A practice in slowing down the postures while still maintaining movement. And how the kidney positions impact your elbows and arms in any Wipe Off or Push posture.

 

  • Student News & Events: Don’t forget our new Thursday morning class 7.30am in West Chester at Eat Drink Om Yoga Café.  New session of Christian’s Chester County Night School tai chi class on Monday nights starts on 3/17. New item: student practice sessions drop-in (sans instructor) Mondays at 1.30pm at Lionville Holistic Health Center in Exton. Those planning ahead any summer weekend jaunts, the National Qi Gong Association is having their annual conference in King of Prussia PA on July 25-27, details here http://nqa.org/2013/11/2014-nqa-conference/   Blood Drive, Lionville YMCA on March 28, appointments at http://www.redcrossblood.org and use our sponsor code lionville. April 26 is the annual celebration of World Tai Chi Day, stay tuned for more news on this.  My singles group is having a St Patrick’s Day lunch at the Downingtown branch of Molly Maguires on Saturday 3/15 at 1pm if any of you locals want to stop by that afternoon and share a bite.  In WordPress news, someone in Slovenia checked us out a few days ago, and a gravatar named Don Charisma is a new subscriber (hopefully my charisma is readily apparent so I don’t have to remember to don it from time to time).  Facebook Fans of the Day: Antly R in Michigan, Lionville Holistic Health, and the Universal Tai Ahom Association. 

 

  • 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

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

3/17   starts

 

Chester County Night School, Tai Chi class

820 Frank Rd in West Chester

Pre-pay, multi-week   . Next new session 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

 

 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    

The Decemberists: Year in Reivew (United Tai Chi digest 12/11/13)

A friend's pup watching the snow fall on Sunday

A friend’s pup watching the snow fall on Sunday

  • First snowfall of the season in our area and after your turkey and tree decorating, many articles abound with end-of-year reflections and review of how we spent our time these past 12 months. Things we learned, saw, tried, enjoyed, felt, ate, wrote, dreamed, heard, wanted, built, or changed. Herein is my reflection on 2013, the year that was, for United Tai Chi.

 

  • Winter, quarter one.  Our first foray as an organization into social media with the launch of our Facebook and Twitter pages. Classroom learning included silk reeling or coiling, first looks at the Thirteen Postures (8 powers and 5 directions), comparing the three different Single Whip postures in Parts I & II of Yang 108, spinal corrective stretches, standing meditations, rooting, folding, eyeballs in the palms, the challenge of trying salsa music as an accompaniment, and navigating the transitions between postures.  Events included Christian’s travel for personal study with Master Wei Lun Huang in Miami, and the continuation of our night class at Lionville Natural Pharmacy Holistic Health Center.  In student news, welcome Roger; Ray and Jose try out a morning class, many students were impacted by colds, Steven’s snowboarding excursion, John C completed his Reiki atunement, and Judith’s travel to Egypt.  Interesting E-digest moment –my St Patrick’s Day mention of the ancient Celts whose calendar and alphabet were based on tree names, honoring knowledge and learning as gifts from the tree spirits.

 

  • Spring, quarter two.  Hitting our stride with an event-filled quarter and new growth in the classroom(s) and parks. Our first video testimonial from student Ray C.  Our path to learning and sharing included trying some more Qi Gong (Eight Pieces of Brocade, Golden Lotus, Growing Like a Tree, Five Colored Clouds Around the Mountain), sinking and raising the kidney, palm connections to the foot, exploring all locations of the three tan tiens –not just of the torso but of the foot, hand, fingers, arms and legs; the kwah (of the groin and of the armpits), more on White Crane, Play the Pan Pan and Ward Off; Intention, the many chapters of Brush Knee,  breathing paths and orbits, and our bubbling well of the foot.  In essays, my newfound obsession with the balance between work and rest and getting over the Western guilt of not having enough work or learning to appreciate “rest”.  Events included our annual participation in World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day at Kerr Park, our first round of United Tai Chi t-shirts, Christian’s first foray into Chester County Night School as a sub, a new outdoor night class at Boot Road park, and a local weekend seminar at Dragon Gym from visiting Tai Chi master Wei Lun Huang that several from UTC attended.   We welcomed several new students this quarter including Becky.  John C and I participated in Team Trivia Night at the Y fundraiser. Paul’s trip to Ireland, Jose in Barcelona, Claudia off to Italy, and Christine H learns where to find her spleen. Janet’s commentary inspired my good natured Info-graphic of a hair-off between Chuck Norris and our instructor Christian. And by late June I had moved our newsletters to an online portal at WordPress.com.

 

  • Summer, quarter three.  High noon and the heat of the day.  Stretches and body openings, alignments, transitions, the world in your tailbone, health of the ‘three rivers’ and saliva notes, elongation, body bites, parry re-direct, slant fly and repulse monkey, ten breaths, finding your center, using the notion of the circular path to find your next move when you get lost in the postures, the pelvic curve or full body hugging the tree, re-adjusting the inner ear bones, snake eyes, the fountain of youth and your navel, posture drills done to each side, balancing, heaven’s bridge and the unbroken circle, stories of the Phoenix, more review of the Eight Powers.  Events included the first two of our outdoor weekend Qi Gong workshops, Boot Road Park outdoor and Chester County Night school tai chi classes, the growth or reach of our Twitter followers and influencers. In student news, the sad news of the passing of family members for not only Doris, but Ron and Joy as well. Summer student travels included Linda’s camping, Ray’s Paris trip, Christian’s Grand Canyon excursion, Jaclyn at the National Qi Gong Association weekend in King of Prussia, Jane, Janet, Martina and Christine H also traveling, Jaclyn’s trip to China, and my weekend trip back home to New Hampshire–which yielded one of my favorite WordPress newsletter weeks (“On The Waterfront” 8/7).  Growth of our WordPress readership to other parts of the globe.  Landing a Facebook follower in Sifu Carl Romain who shows “Dr. Oz” viewers the health benefits of Tai Chi.  And the surprise of a large and positive reaction, in readership and commentary for our “Spirituality in Internal Arts” newsletter topic.  And a fun, quirky, yet little read “De La Mancha” newsletter, relating the different styles and voices of “To Dream the Impossible Dream” to likewise finding a variety of styles in internal arts and Tai Chi.

 

  • Fall, quarter four.  Changes in the leaves and the crispness of the air.  Continuing our classroom study with the Chinese element of Metal for respiratory health this time of year, drills on grasp the sparrows tail, more on the Eight Powers, attempts towards the ambidextrous, leg traps, practicing the form at different speeds to gauge the different sensations you notice, relaxing into an uncomfortable posture rather than muscling in, shaking your ‘jar of rocks’, silent run through to “let you discover your own gifts”, bagua animal stepping, self-correction, cold room warm-up calisthenics,  eyeballs in your fingers to ‘see’ your spinal health, more on ‘folding’ vs. ‘bending’, addressing questions about relaxation of the back and the disappearing of the front of the spine, finding the ‘flavor’ of a posture again once you’ve tasted it, and the importance of spending time in your center “where you can process things and heal”.   Another event-filled quarter saw several UTC students (and teacher) off to study Golden Lotus and Bagua Animal Qi Gong for a week with Master Wei Lun Huang at his Wakulla Springs Florida workshop, a DVD night for us to study videos of other students, our sponsorship of holiday gifts for a youth in the Delaware Valley Children’s Charity “Angel Tree” program, another new night class venue at Radley Run Country Club, a final outdoor Qi Gong in the park workshop of the season, a UTC booth at the West Chester Grower’s Market, viewing party (and pizza) for the Keanu Reeves film “Main of Tai Chi”,  and finally our annual holiday appreciation breakfast for Christian at Penn’s Table last week (thank you everyone who participated, great turn out this year!).   In student news, hip surgery for Liz G, travel for Christine H, welcome new student Beth, Jose’s Ikebana workshop at Jenkins Arboretum, Christian invited to lead another Chester County Night School session in January, welcome back Ron, Joy and Marilyn, our Twitter network is growing to reach more countries, and, most recently reaching 1,000 Facebook likes to end the year on (see Christian’s thank you video on.fb.me/18igT00).  Well received or well read WordPress titles for us included my post-Wakulla opus “Epicenter”,  breath discussion in “Waiting to Exhale” and “Gut Feeling” about second-brain.    

 

  • I will have one more regular newsletter next week, and then a Christmas Eve break. And for 2014 of course hoping to build upon our stamina and good will, with the help of our enthusiastic and supportive students who share their interest in the health benefits of Tai Chi each week. 

 

  • 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    

EPICENTER: United Tai Chi digest 11/6/13

WS-12

  • “Center is a place”.  That is a phrase our instructor Christian has uttered at one time or another during our Thirteen Postures practice.  I spent a week at a workshop in Wakulla Springs Florida with a few others from United Tai Chi, studying Bagua animal qi gong and Golden Lotus qi gong, encouraged to try and find my center.  And while one of the main principles was to experience your physical center, I could not help but be drawn to search my emotional one as well.  Amid exploration of our lower tan tien, the tailbone, the perineum, the eyeball, palm and foot connections to your spine and bone marrow…what did I also find? I found a tree with a heart.  My first night back in town, the band at a church service shared a song that contained the line “rid me of myself” (Lead Me To The Cross, Hillsong United).  Insanely appropriate, as we all try to shed our inner demons, to forget ourselves so that we may understand others.  Tension, double-weightedness, poor breathing techniques and “turtle back” all negatively impact your movement.  So too do mistrust, skepticism, misconceptions, and holding on to past hurts.  With body openings, folding, breathing and meditation, we endeavored to learn how to self-diagnose our sore spots—physical, emotional, mental.  To stop driving the car without maintenance even when there is something wrong with it.  When you breached the exterior to arrive at your center, what did you find? And how did you get there best –with rhinoceros, lion, bear, dragon, rooster, snake, phoenix or monkey?

 

 

  • Man of Tai Chi”, Keanu Reeves directorial debut, is not carried by Regal Cinemas, only some far away AMC sites  –but it is available as on On-Demand rental $10 with Comcast. I still would like to have a movie night with you guys and share that (and snacks/pizza). Nights to vote on when I’m free: Sat 11/9, Mon 11/11, Tues 11/12, Wed 11/13, Fri 11/14, Sat 11/15.  Also, we still need more feedback on the proposed 2nd night class at Lionville Natural Pharmacy.  One night for Tai Chi only, and one night will be mixed internal arts (Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Hsing-Yi, Bagua, etc.).  How many would want a second night (e.g., for Tai Chi only) that will be likely Tuesdays at 7pm?  This is a paid class, separate from the Y. 

 

  • Student News: Welcome back Marilyn, Ron and Joy (and happy belated birthday to Joy). Thanks to our substitute teachers last week. Christian has been invited back to do a winter session of night time beginner Tai Chi classes for Chester County Night School (starts January 6th, stay tuned for updates).   And for my new Wakulla Springs Qi Gong friends:  thanks to Steve D for wrist exercises and the transportation; Carol for the chats and dating encouragement; Charlie, Constantine and Betsy for the humor; Sarah and Marie for the outdoor mini-massage; Lakesha for her grace; Jaime for being another model/mentor to us newbies; Phil for the biggest and brightest smile; Sifu Huang for the wisdom, humility and wrist therapy.  And to the Samuelsons, always my undying gratitude for everything they have done for me this year –support, encouragement, guidance and friendship.  Local UTC mates, thanks for sharing this trip with me –the dinners, swimming, manatees, picnic table squats (yikes), and the shared experience of our new found enlightenment.  Thank you to our WordPress readers for continuing to come to the table during our weekly digest hiatus last week and peruse back issues, and also to our Facebook followers who watched for our daily updates.   Local Wakulla attendees, if you have a few clear sharp photos to share with our online album email them to me, thanks   unitedtaichi@gmail.com.  Welcome Brazil —  @supremotaichi to our Twittersphere, and also @chmartialarts and Wellness Warriors.  

 

  • Angel Tree program:  Our local YMCA has continued their partnership with the Delaware Valley Children’s Charity organization to sponsor needy children with gifts for the holidays.  Our Tai Chi group would like to participate, and we need your help.  Please let us know this week how many of you would be willing to join us, so that we can determine if we want to pick one or two kids to sponsor.  The more who participate, the smaller the allotted contribution per person.  Also, once a child is chosen, we have 2 options – assign a volunteer among us to do all the shopping if we give them our chip-in funds, OR each of us buys separate items from a category on the youth’s wish list I will give you based on the suggestions from the DVCC.  If you have questions about the program call the Lionville YMCA at 610-363-9622 or ask me in class.  If you are ALREADY sponsoring an Angel Tree youth, please do not feel the need to also chip-in with us. 

 

  • 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

(variety of internal arts)

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr Exton

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

Thursday

(variety)

7:00 PM

EVENINGs

(tai chi only)

*Coming soon

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr Exton

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

Likely =   Tuesday (tai chi only)

7:00 PM

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