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

Kathleen Rice       unitedtaichi@gmail.com

Happy Hour: United Tai Chi digest 2/26/14

HappyHour

  • It’s 5.30 pm, your work day or likely your work week is winding to a close, the badges come off or the building security tags get tucked in into your car’s cup holder, you have filed your last TPS report.  For some what happens next is a cultural ritual, libations with friends at the local watering hole, or perhaps the chain restaurant near the office.  Where you wash off your stress, change your energy, breathe, or perhaps a kind of ‘chant’ if you will (“Did you hear what happened to Bob in Accounting today?”).  With your $3 drafts, half-priced appetizers, loosened ties and discarded reading glasses some are hoping to paint a picture of relaxation and joy. For others, in the study and practice of internal arts like tai chi and qigong, we have our own interpretation of “Happy Hour”. Or rather happy hours.  Our own moving meditation de-stressors, energy pathways, monkey-mind remedies, kidney awareness exercises (ha, bridging my ideas with the kidneys). We talked about the secret grin this past week in class—could it be that this is a reflection of our Happy Hour in action, our way to that picture of relaxation and joy I just mentioned.  Some of you locals or readers of my own personal social media know that I refer to my Friday dusk writing time as “Happy Hour”.  Another space in addition to tai chi, where joy and relaxation are on order, a place in my spirit where I can breathe and move.  This past Friday however, I did try once again a conventional evening ‘happy hour’ at a pub with a very large group. And you know what? I wished I was home…writing, or practicing qigong, or a quiet chat with a loved one. When was your Happy Hour this week, and who did you tip?       

 

 

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes:  Shiny white polished bones, the skin-muscle-tendon-bone pathway, secret grin, shaking, shoulder wells, holding postures, and Ray’s extra cookie.  Qigong openers (10 Breaths, 8 Pieces of Brocade), humidity, shoulder strike, palm breath, 13 postures, linking and connecting …we are ocean waves building and receding. Thursday class 1: French pinkies, hitchhiking, and student questions like Ted’s regarding finding your center, and the breath pattern for 13 Postures; and Dave’s about Single Whip. Thursday class 2: bagua animal body openings, and more work on part III of Yang 108…don’t forget your folding. Monday: opening bow spinal path like warm water down your back, in-depth session of Eight Pieces of Brocade qigong, palm breath, soft vs. hard, bubbling well point of the foot, and notes on Shoulder Strike. And I’m still laughing over a nomad story from a morning practice session …see Happy Hour in action again.

 

  • Student News & Events: We had a great attendance rate at the past Thursday night class at the Natural Pharmacy, thanks everyone who participated! A few of us will be attending part or all of the Master Wei Lun Huang workshop at Boston Healing Tao starting the eve of February 28 (sessions on 10 step breathing qigong, bagua animals, and ‘rainy day tai chi’). West Chester fans and friends, now on are Thursday morning classes at Eat Drink OM Yoga Café at 7:30am, $15 drop in rate http://www.eatdrinkOM.com please be sure and support our Tai Chi classes there. Phil G got to share some of his Tai Chi enthusiasm with an equine therapy group on Friday. A contact at Bryn Mawr Rehab has expressed an interest in Tai Chi there.  Thanks to one of our students so far to have signed up for the Red Cross blood drive at Lionville YMCA on Friday March 28 –you too can make an appointment at http://www.redcrossblood.org and use our sponsor code of lionville to find our 3/28 drive. The spring Chester County Night School course guide is out, and once again Christian will be teaching at East Bradford Elementary starting March 17 on Monday nights (course #FH70 at  http://www.chestercountynightschool.org ) and thank you to our winter session students. Early “save the date” notice …Saturday April 26 is World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, stay tuned for a local outdoor celebration.  Welcome Scorpion Taipan Combat @STcombat in the UK and @ironfist105 in South Carolina to our Twittersphere.  In WordPress news we are up over 2,000+ views since I started posting there at the end of June. Facebook fans of the day, Harvey (a ‘Bruce Lee’s Fans’ club member) and Shika from Indianapolis (pilates practitioner and equestrian).

 

  • 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

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

  

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

Kathleen Rice   unitedtaichi@gmail.com    

Power Down: United Tai Chi digest 2/12/14

PowerDown

Last week the Mid-Atlantic area of the US was plunged into yet another storm system, leaving in its wake ice, snow, widespread power outages, road closures, downed trees and motor vehicle accidents. As long as you had use of a shelter, blankets, shelf-stable food-stuffs or a wood stove, often the next biggest concern for many of us in this electronic age was where can I recharge my smart phone, tablet, laptop and the like. How can I communicate? How can I get newsfeeds? How can I continue working? How can I check on a friend or relative? Evidences of our newfangled umbilical cords lined the interstitial spaces of various Panera or Wegmans or whatever Starbucks and Wawa further into town had sprung up as soon as word went out through the ginormous grapevine that any such establishment was on the grid. This was day one of the power outage for me dear friends.  Not to be content to ride out the day shunning the monkey-mindedness of being plugged in, I bore witness as one gentleman at an aforementioned establishment was running not one, but two laptops. And where he no doubt could have been emptying out some aural imbalances with a Rocking-the-Boat golden lotus qigong posture, did a BlueTooth earwig sit. Still wilted by a not-quite-over influenza bug, and attempts to corral me by the winter Chinese element of Water, I nonetheless was not practicing some quietness, mindfulness, healing, opening up my energy gates, rooting or Tai Chi circling principles. Fortunately I did start listening to my body as time went on, and indeed began to seize the moment I had in order to let go of some of what I thought I needed. And to calm down. And when I let go, things, moments and people came to me that I did need.  A 2009 episode of my beloved “NCIS” too was titled ‘Power Down’ (Season 7, episode 8) and featured a return to some old fashioned sleuthing, leg work, paperwork, mimeograph machine, lemons (!), Polaroid camera, and sardine knapsack treasure to solve a crime during a blackout.  Unplugged. Tactile. From the feet up.  Listening to your gut (2nd brain). Just the way agent Gibbs likes it.  I truly hope that each of you in the region affected by the recent storms are safe, warm and by now free of downed trees. In order to brace for another storm yet again this week.  Have a lovely Valentines’ weekend. Or for the valentine-averse, happy President’s Day.

 

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes:  Unrelenting winter weather conditions, illnesses and the like seemed to have impacted the past couple of weeks. Tuesday some more work on the footwork and circular path transition from the end of Grasp the Sparrows Tail into Single Whip and Shoulder Strike. Also some healing Growing Like a Tree qigong, and philosophy discussion of sending the front of your spine back. Post-blackout Mondailies: Thirteen postures, disappearing, standing postures and leg strengthening, sinking/rooting, quietness of Yang 108 part I; and “Sharkey’s Machine”.

 

  • Student News & Events: Thank you to Chris S for the snow shovel tai chi video of Christian on our Facebook page, it was a big hit!  Thanks Ray C for and Chris M for comments on our ‘Customer Service blog post last week https://unitedtaichi.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/customer-service-united-tai-chi-digest-2514/    There is a Reiki Level 1 certification class on Sunday 2/16 at Lionville Holistic Health Center, details here http://lionvillehealth.com/schedule-of-events/   West Chester fans and friends, stay tuned for our Thursday morning classes at Eat Drink OM Yoga Café soon  http://www.eatdrinkOM.com  The spring Chester County Night School course guide is out, and once again Christian will be teaching at East Bradford Elementary starting March 17 on Monday nights (course #FH70 at  http://www.chestercountynightschool.org )  Sifu Huang has as a weekend seminar at Boston Healing Tao Feb28-March 1 in Somervile MA, details here https://www.wepay.com/events/master-huang-march-2014  I heard from Mitch Goldfarb that West Chester University’s Chinese New Year celebration was postponed from last weekend due to weather issues.  Welcome @sphuh fro Korea @tareknavi from Germany to our Twittersphere, and a new WordPress viewer from India recently. Facebook fans of the day, Robert O from Hawaii, Dante S (a Night Ranger fan!), and local Eagles fan Jt M …and hey, I see a lot of Samuelsons on their recently (hi!).

 

  • Etcetera:  Thanks much to a snowbird Chris M, emailing from afar her commentary about our Customer Service blog post last week: “I appreciate your comments this week all the more as I complain to myself and have to force myself to workout with weights at a local fitness center. The reason for the force, not one person that I have to be accountable to, as in a teacher who puts out the effort, so I should put out the response. Christian certainly puts out the effort and it is much appreciated, as is your weekly update.”

 

  • 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

Thursday Night

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr Exton

[90 min., small   class attention, Tai Chi

 *$25 drop in   rate]

Thursday

 

7:00 PM

Monday night

 

Chester County Night School, Tai Chi class

820 Frank Rd in West Chester

Pre-pay,   6-7 week . Next new session in March http://www.chestercountynightschool.org

Monday

 

7.30 PM

Coming   Soon

Thurs AM’s

Tai Chi classes at Eat Drink OM Yoga Café

124 E. Gay St in West Chester  $15 each   drop-in

Thursdays

TBD

7:30 AM

 

 

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

Kathleen Rice     unitedtaichi@gmail.com    

PASSPORT: United Tai Chi digest 1/29/14

Photo by Edward Graham for National Geographic Traveler

Photo by Edward Graham for National Geographic Traveler

  • One of our mentors, Master Wei Lun Huang recently returned from a multi-week adventure, where he taught internal arts aboard a cruise ship traveling to ports of call like Malaysia.  One of many trips abroad during his storied career sharing his Tai Chi experience around the globe. http://www.huangtaichi.com  Likewise one of our Wakulla Springs qigong workshop friends Marie Favorito from the Boston Healing Tao http://www.bostonhealingtao.com has had the opportunity to practice and teach in Mexico and will journey to Columbia for a retreat this spring. Among our own local students and teachers, Jaclyn, Judith, Paul, Ray and Jose were abroad last year; and Christian has both taught and studied in various locations along side of international practitioners.  Internal arts can be a valuable ‘ticket’ to not only personal exploration and discovery, but also it is apparent that Tai Chi opens up a dialogue with the global community.  Indeed the tag line for the celebration of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day in April is “One world, one breath”.  Australian native Aborigines have a term ‘walk-about’– a long wilderness journey aimed at tracing the path of their ancestors.  Many Tai Chi practitioners eventually hear the call of the seeds of origin and travel to Asia to study or practice with lineage holders in the shared ‘language’ of the forms and postures.  Yet one needn’t necessarily travel abroad to utilize their Tai Chi ‘passport’ granting them access to people, places, writings, art, philosophy or spiritualism they otherwise might have missed. It could be as simple as meeting a fellow practitioner at a gas station while helping a stranded motorist. It bridges gaps. Principles of Taoism can show us how to be better travelers, as Taoist instructor Casey Kochner discusses in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLli6la2_fA#t=39  Flexibility, adaptation, simplicity, being in the moment, relaxation, awareness, consistently open breathing, respecting others’ essence.   I want to thank our international WordPress readers from nations such as Oman, Greece, Iceland, Serbia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, the UK, Belgium, Indonesia, France, Italy and many others –all with a shared interest in the ancient and global phenomenon of Tai Chi and related internal arts.  Likewise our Twitter and Facebook followers located outside the US who I’m glad have found us and want to be part of the conversation.  Where will Tai Chi take you, and who will you meet along the way?

 

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes:  Sorry for mother nature’s impact on some classes last week. Thursday, a handful back to class after weather interruptions, and “setting the table” as Ray likes to say with Growing Like a Tree Qigong at afternoon class. Single hand form practice and internal connections.  Night class, finally got started on our 2014 exploration of Part III of Yang 108 with some Fair Lady Works the Shuttle. Monday more growing like a tree qigong watery relaxation, also working on creating space, emptying and filling, mind intention, and footwork drills.

 

  • Student News & Events:  Thanks Deb for your commentary on WordPress for our “Self-Correction” newsletter topic 1/15 https://unitedtaichi.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/self-correction-united-tai-chi-digest-1152014/ and welcome back to the night class.  One snowbird has left the coop as Irene is off to points south.  And apparently Ron & Joy are on my same grocery schedule (howdy). Happy Chinese New Year (of the horse) to you all, Friday January 31! There is a free talk on treating common illnesses with complementary homeopathic medicine, by Kristen Santangelo at Lionville Holistic Health Center on January 29 at 7p http://lionvillehealth.com/blog/  Stay tuned for a couple of sample trial Tai Chi classes at Eat Drink OM Yoga Café in West Chester very soon  http://www.eatdrinkOM.com  Sifu Huang has as a weekend seminar at Boston Healing Tao Feb28-March 1 in Somervile MA, details here https://www.wepay.com/events/master-huang-march-2014  Thanks Ken C., one of our Facebook followers for suggesting an invite to teach in your area in Washington state; hope to work something out soon.  Welcome Cathy Laws of Nashville http://advicefromnashville.com/ to our WordPress subscribers recently.  We are at 1,037 Facebook followers (can we make it to 1050 by President’s Day?).  Facebook fan of the day: Diego Salvador from Brazil …likes taekwondo and opera.

 

 

  • 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

Thursday Night

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr Exton

[90 min., small   class attention, Tai Chi

 *$25 drop in   rate]

Thursday

 

7:00 PM

Monday night

 

Chester County Night School, Tai Chi class

820 Frank Rd in West Chester

Pre-pay,   6-7 week. Next new session in March http://www.chestercountynightschool.org

Monday

 

7.30 PM

Coming   Soon

Tai Chi classes at Eat Drink OM Yoga Café

124 E. Gay St in West Chester

(pending)

 

 

 

  • 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    

INTENTION: United Tai Chi digest 1/22/14

PowerofIntention

  • A sub-season of Winter (Water element) is no doubt the long awards show “season” that dots the wintery landscape like so many footprints in the snow.  And no doubt during this “season” you have been hearing or seeing a lot about the David O. Russell / Eric Singer film “American Hustle”.  In one of the key defining moments for Jennifer Lawrence’s character Rosalyn, she tells her con artist husband Irving (Christian Bale) how she has impacted his late-in-the-story-arc actions based on reading the Wayne Dyer book “The Power of Intention”.  Intention is a word we hear a lot in our Tai Chi classes. Our own instructor Christian often discusses intention as the unifying factor in the varied styles, forms, instructors, schools and student attempts for internal arts practices. When it all comes from the heart, then you are not doing it wrong.  And Master John Armstrong this weekend talked about intention as it relates to always keeping your center in mind as you move through the postures. Like a cat following a mouse, the cat always stays on her center line. And, while it may seem a bit common-sensical, Dr Dyer’s book shares these phrases about intention:  “If you aren’t doing what you love and loving what you do, your power of intention is weakened. You attract into your life more of the dissatisfaction that isn’t the face of love. Consequently, more of what you don’t love will appear in your life.” That a recent high profile film has brought ‘intention’ into the limelight is perhaps in itself not an accident. That intention got name-dropped during a holiday release seems a subliminal message.  A mindfulness product-placement if you will.  With some recent Huffington Post stories, and David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education events http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/  about the growing need for internal arts, mindfulness, meditation, and the popularity grown for tai chi in the wellness field, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Super Bowl half-time show next month now allotted time for a group exercise in intention and mindfulness.  Principles of the Tai Chi Classics herald that your intent moves your qi.  Bruce Frantzis of Energy Arts talks about how the mind moves the qi with intent:  “Your mind has a specific goal of what you want to occur. You then, without tension, gently focus will and intent like a laser to accomplish X…then advance step by step, one stage building on the next, until you reach a high level of chi development.”  Harking back to the film, “In Rosalyn’s efforts to operate from her own sense of integrity, she keeps everyone else honest, whether they want to be or not.”  (Brent Marchant http://vividlife.me/ultimate/41923/intent-integrity-get-put-on-trial-in-american-hustle/ )  Here is hoping you and I all strive to keep moving with intention, integrity and honesty on our journey.

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes:  Baskets as your transition piece between some postures, more dragon tongue kick work, play the pan pan, merry go rounds, microcosmic orbit, heaven and earth hands. Moving tension, anger or yang energy by living from the back of your spine and ‘swallowing your pride’. Learning to recognize yang aggression in others. Stirring the can of paint with your hips. Parry re-direct and your center line. Single whip. Thirteen postures (and hey on Thursday we did the full floor, made it all the way to the mirror)!  Monday, a light holiday attendance — discussed the ‘springing’ action of compression/expansion with your bubbling well energy and more finite detail work on shoulder-strike, white crane, and dragon tongue kick.   

 

  • Student News & Events:  Heard from Ellen W via Email, she has been out with some musculoskeletal issues and says ‘hi’ to everyone; send some positive healing thoughts on her recovery. Our sincere condolences from our Tai Chi family to Deb O who lost a family member last week. Welcome back Christine H. For some of you West Chesterites from Chester County Night School tai chi, there is a Raqs Sharqi belly dancing class on January 30 at 6.30pm at http://www.eatdrinkOM.com  There is a free talk on treating common illnesses with complementary homeopathic medicine, by Kristen Santangelo at Lionville Holistic Health Center on January 29 at 7p http://lionvillehealth.com/blog/  Coming soon: hoping to try landing a time slot for a Tai Chi class at Eat Drink Om Yoga Café in West Chester.  Also, how many of you would be interested in a Body Openings class locally? If any of you work near Philly on Tuesday evenings there is a Qigong fundamentals & healing sounds group class through Meetup.com at 7pm– see http://www.meetup.com/PhillyTao/   Congratulations to my nephew and his new bride, Jason & Brittany. Welcome@ ajctaichito, @bjackson165 in California and @nuneborac our Twittersphere. 

 

  • Weekly Schedule:   

 

 

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

 *$25 drop in   rate]

Thursday

 

7:00 PM

Monday night

Jan6 to   Feb24

Chester County Night School, Tai Chi class

820 Frank Rd in West Chester

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

Monday

(except   1/20)

7.30 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 Rice    unitedtaichi@gmail.com     

Gut Feeling: United Tai Chi Digest 10/16/2013

SecondBrain

  • Just as our instructor Christian has often lauded the lower tan tien importance in internal arts, likewise a Tao Internal Detox video lesson of Mantak Chia’s discusses the “Second brain” and reiterates the gut has a mind of its own.  Just like the mind brain, the lower brain sends and receives impulses, records experiences and responds to emotions.  The lower brain can upset the upper brain and vice versa.  (For NCIS fans, Agent Gibbs’ frequent lower brain insights tell me he is guided by his abdominal tan tien).  The Wellspring by Christopher Dow also comments on this “enteric  nervous system” in your gut and teaches us the intestines release more serotonin than the brain–and even when  isolated from the brain, the bowels continue to perform peristalsis/undulation to move food through.  Others share that the lower tan tien is the most useful place to store energy and that these stores can “help combat stress in all forms — negative emotions, unhealthy food, toxins, thoughts, physical trauma, or people driving slowly in the left lane.” (Sifu Anthony K). And right here in our practice we learn that our physical life gate is housed in the lower tan tien and that is where we must strive to be rooted before we can expand on our emotional and mental life gates. I don’t know about you, but it sounds good to have a ‘second brain’ –but how come it didn’t help me with high school algebra?

 

 

  • Wrap-up of the past week’s classes:  Ten breaths, thirteen postures, palm rounding and hiding your deltoid intentions, notes on the Wipe Off.  Ray’s question about the back foot in the apparent closing –seems it’s not really a drag back to center, but rather carrying it aloft back to your supporting weighted leg.  Revisited brush knee, and the Relax/Expand posture after Single Whip. Pull down and shoulder strike.  Shaking our jar of rocks. Relax into a posture rather than muscle yourself into an uncomfortable position. The coil and uncoil of Play the Pan Pan.  Go slowly so that you can read and listen to the ‘words’ of the postures and not skip over things into a misunderstanding.  

 

  • Student News and Upcoming Events: Thanks students, friends and visitors for stopping by the United Tai Chi booth at WC Growers Market or joining our DVD night this past weekend.  For those of you who have pre-registered, Jose is teaching an Ikebana workshop at Jenkins Arboretum in Devon on Friday October 18 — send me a photo if some UTC students attend, I’ll share it on our FB page. Christian may be adding a 2nd night class at the Lionville Holistic Health Center –one night mainly concentrating on Tai Chi for students so inclined, and one that is a mix of several internal arts’ instruction.  Let us know who is interested in a Tai Chi night and who is interested in adding Ba Gua, Qi Gong, Hsing-I and other forms into the mix.  I’m attending a two night reflexology workshop locally this week.  Best of luck to Liz G from her Tai Chi family regarding her surgery this week. Thanks Dot for the Pinterest follow. Thanks @BeanCurdBoxer for the re-tweet!  I caught a bit of a Fred Astaire film (Royal Wedding) on TCM. The scene in the physical therapy/fitness apparatus room.  I had not seen him in action in awhile –now there is someone who was very in tune with his physicality.

 

  • Fun Follower News of the Week:  @ErnieBoxall from the UK held a Tai Chi session in July to raise funds for the “Polar Bears and Paddleboards” team’s expedition to take the sport of stand-up paddle boarding to the Arctic glaciers. 

 

  • Etcetera:  In the Taoist tradition, the human body is a microcosm of the natural world. Our physical anatomy is an inner landscape with its own rivers, forests, mountains and lakes that reflect that reflect the harmony with the outer landscape of the planet Earth.”  (Mantak Chia, Lesser Kan and Li)

 

  • 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 minute, small   class attention, *separate fees apply]

Thursday

7:00 PM

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

Monday nights in the fall: 7 week   beginner class ordered through Chester County Night School

 

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

Kathleen Rice    unitedtaichi@gmail.com     

Waiting to Exhale: United Tai Chi Digest 10/2/13

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  • Breath.  A rose of another name would indeed smell as sweet, as some find it synonymous with it Qi or Spirit.  Latin scholars among you know it as spiritis. Internal arts practitioners are enamored with the importance of breath in all its forms. Breathing patterns (microcosmic, embryonic), types of breathing (normal, abdominal, yin yang, etc.), and health impact of breathing techniques (massages the heart muscle and helps circulate the blood to the organs and extremities) are elements one gets reacquainted with as we travel our Tai Chi path. Yet beginners like me still struggle with the challenge of achieving deep, long or relaxed breath and malign our own shallow inhales. Or, dare we say it, hold our breath. Students blog about its rhythms, cycles, clarity and grounding power (http://www.claudiahasyourback.blogspot.com/2013/09/be-you.html ). Tai Chi master’s write about it:  “When separate breathing techniques cease to be the mind’s focus, then breathing, physical movement, and energy become undifferentiated. They are seamlessly integrated into all aspects of the tai chi form from the very center of your internal being.” (Bruce Frantzis, Tai Chi Health for Life).  Something that was once so intrinsic, natural and involuntary becomes cause for reflection, study and practice in the world of internal arts.  When asked if his injured nose hurt in the 1974 Polanski film China Town, Jack Nicholson’s character J.J. Gittes replied, “Only when I breathe.”  Here’s hoping for a painless journey exploring your breathing practices, and until then, take comfort in the late 2001 country music hit by Chris Cagle about how the story teller is coping after a breakup:  “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out”. 

 

 

  • Wrap-up of the past week’s classes:  Eight pieces of brocade. More work on Play the pan pan (shoulder and hip changes, timing of the hand and foot movements). A nod to the Chinese element of Metal and lung/respiratory health this time of year.  Ten breaths. The Charleston. The Bourne Legacy.  Another of our “Eight Powers” –this time, “Elbow”.  Broke down Play the Pan Pan into it’s individual calligraphy brush points (see 9/25 newsletter).  Paul took us through some Brush knee footwork drills on Friday. Line drills on pieces of Grasp the Sparrows Tail. Thirteen postures tips. Discussion on the representation of the spine in our palm (life line) foot and ear.   Tuesday: drills on another of our Eight Powers (“Ward Off”). Revisiting ‘scoop the water wipe the brow’ posture. And  the importance of developing your Yin or rooting. 

 

  •  Student News and Upcoming Events:  Thanks for another peaceful Qi Gong session in the park led by Christian this past weekend, good to see Becky and Fran try it out (joining Chris M, Deborah, Steve, Chris S and myself).  Welcome two new WordPress followers these past couple of weeks.  I ran into Esther recently, she says hello to everyone. She was out with medical issues then travelling this week, but hopes to join us mid-month.  Tai Chi DVD night will be Friday October 11, 8pm at the Lionville Natural Pharmacy Holistic Health Center. Please let me know how many of you will be there and if you can bring a small snack or beverage to share (e.g., tea, water, fruit, nuts, etc.). Christian will have a few videos from some of his past Wakulla Springs sessions to share, all are welcome.  

 

  • Etcetera:  Good quote from a current Wu Wei blog  http://www.altering-perspectives.com/2013/09/wu-wei.html    “Many of the things you want are, in fact dead weights – prisons you create for yourself. Sometimes the deeper spiritual part of you, the infinite self within, protects you from disaster. You’ll head off, trying to achieve something that the inner spiritual you, the deeper subconscious self, doesn’t actually want. So it will make sure you arrive late, or the person you seek will not be there, or the check bounces, and things generally don’t work…and you have to think, do I really want what I think I want?

 

  • 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

EVENING

Lionville Natural Pharmacy    309 Gordon Dr Exton

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

Thursday

7:00 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 Rice       unitedtaichi@gmail.com