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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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Kathleen Rice       unitedtaichi@gmail.com

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

 

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

Kathleen Rice    unitedtaichi@gmail.com    

Weigh Station: United Tai Chi 7/31/13 newsletter

"Single Whip" at Grand Canyon

“Single Whip” at Grand Canyon

  • Empty or full?  One of the principles we find in internal arts is the notion of empty versus full. Don’t move a leg that bears weight, infrequent is the moment of 50-50 or double weighted stance, always be ready to change positions on your bubbling well spring when one leg is more grounded than the other, fill up your bucket from your root, empty your chi ball at the push, etcetera.  We can take this principle into other parts of our life and explore it as we are want to do with many a Tai Chi touch point. We may think we are “full” after a 4-course promo special at Red Lobster, or “empty” after watching more than one episode of “Franklin & Bash” on a cable repeat weekend. But most of us would agree those are not the only definitions of empty and full. Then there is the operational definition, where a glass with no beverage, in the literal sense, is empty. Or the spiritual definitions of a life well lived and purposeful , versus idle moments spent chasing less noble pursuits. Have you gone to your pantry one day only to wonder where all your cans, boxes and bags went? The hole you dug for a tree is it now full, or are you waiting for the right weather conditions and soil additives? Ah but empty doesn’t necessarily have to be a negative construct. It is sometimes in the empty spaces where we can find the truth. What part of your week was “full” and where did you experience emptiness?
  •        Shares/Finds: Comedian and actor Eddie Izzard on “How to Chose a Martial Art” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uJqW9O6aW0  A tweet from @bunnybuddhism:  “Sometimes choosing not to hop is more powerful than hopping”.
  •  Wrap-up of the past week’s classes:  Eight pieces of brocade. Abdominal breathing. Studied the transition from Repulse Monkey to Slant Fly. Thirteen postures. Serve the fruit. Tail bone reminders. Thank you to all of our student leaders/substitute teachers (John C, Sun, Kathleen). Revisiting brush knee and it’s intricacies. Thirteen postures. History lessons. Relax your cheeks and mandible.  Dragon tongue kick. Finding your center—a phrase not just for the physical, but emotional/mental as well. “Weasle in a box”.  Our Boot Road Park class grew this week (join us on Monday nights).  Thanks Ray C for getting my Jack Jones reference last week.
  •  Student News and Upcoming Events:  Welcomed two new students this week. Jaclyn attended an interesting session at the National Qi Gong Association convention in King of Prussia this past weekend.   Lesson from “The Wolverine”, the red haired chick is the feisty fighter. Don’t forget Christian’s Qi Gong workshop this Saturday August 3rd, 8am at Kerr Park ($25 / 90 minutes; or $5 discount if you’re wearing our group T-shirt). And please if you are going, take a few pictures for me to post, as I will be out of town this weekend. And speaking of travel, a big thanks to St. Christopher (or whomever your culture deems a protector of travelers), grace, heart and karma for the safe return of dear friends in the midst of some trying moments.
  •  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

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         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

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 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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