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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.
  • 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

Thanksgiving: United Tai Chi digest 11/24/14

  • Oral history –stories, teachings, principles and concepts passed down through the generations– has been a touch point this weekend. In my professional work, I came across a video-taped oral history with one of the early pioneers of qualitative market research, William Schlackman. A popular television pastor was also discussing the generational influences and direction of his father and grandfather, whose hard work and sacrifices had helped pave the way for his current flood of goodwill. And our own local instructor Christian was at a workshop in Boston recently with Master Wei Lun Huang. Sifu Huang can trace his internal arts lineage back to Liao Fo Hi, and Lou Tzi Ling (himself a student of Yang Chen Fu). Many of us will be fortunate to witness some of our own generational oral histories this Thanksgiving week. Internal arts such as tai chi are rife with this kind of oral history. Again part of my “living the art” theme I have explored in previous blogs. I found it interesting that one of Mr. Schlackman’s advice notes was, “the most important interview you do is on yourself”. Yet another concept we find in tai chi. Peace and blessings to you all this Thanksgiving.
  • Schedule update/alert: After Tuesday night November 25, we will no longer have a night tai chi class at the Blue Buddha yoga studio in Glenmoore.

 

  • Shares/Finds: This Paul Read / Bean Curd Boxer blog on tai chi and snow removal reminds me of Christian’s snow tai chi video last winter. Eagles NFL fans, we all know from The Tao of Chip Kelly football, internal arts (and life) are about adapting to your opponent, humility, favoring the process not the result, flexibility, and empowering your players with equal importance.

 

  • Student News & Events: Thank you to those who joined UTC at the monthly Exton Dragon Gym Sunday session this weekend. Birthday shout-out to Janet, Son and Dot. Sorry I didn’t hear about Sifu Huang’s workshop in Boston this past weekend until a few days beforehand. If you were there, report in! Local students, if you received my note about the YMCA’s Angel Tree program to collectively purchase holiday gifts for one child in the Delaware Valley Children’s Charity community, please return your gifts to me or Christian by or before Sunday November 30 (so everything can be wrapped/bagged/tagged and dropped off at the Y, Monday 12/1). And I would be remiss not to mention a certain instructor’s birthday coming up before our next newsletter is out –from your students and everyone you have influenced, have a peaceful and meaningful day Christian. Details on our annual combo holiday + birthday breakfast coming soon.
  • Social Media Roundup: Thank you to our new followers, sharers or readers on the following platforms: (Twitter) Daryl @dmuran1, and @WillieWil1 from NYC. (Facebook) Welcome Michaela and Gregg –locals from Chester County PA, Chris K from Oregon, Brandon in Alberta, Ernie in Massachusetts, Alianza in Florida, K Bar from Nashville, Bigpapa from Chicago and Jessica from Nashville. The windy city and music city, representin’. (WordPress) We have reached over 4,000 views since I started publishing there in June 2013. Thanks for our recent growth this month in readers from Europe. And as always, our neighbors to the north continue to be our #2 readership.
  • General Weekly Schedule:
DAY LOCATION PRICE TIME
Tuesday Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

Blue Buddha Studio,  1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA

** Last class at Blue Buddha is Tues. Novem25 **

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:

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

Sounds of Silence: United Tai Chi digest 7/8/14

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  • Some folks enjoy the challenge of practicing tai chi to a background of salsa music, as we did try once in class.  Others enjoy a relaxing blend of strings and wind instruments. World beat music. Piped in recorded nature sounds of the ocean.  This weekend on my outdoor fitness walk I opted to try it without the ear-buds tethered to downloaded smart-phone music. And just like in some of our music-free tai chi classes, I found that my intention was clearer or purer, I felt less distracted, more efficient in the physical movement.  Recently I heard a reminder from my own local instructor about foot placement, parallels, and returning to the way we walked as babies. With the outsides of our feet parallel to each other, toes pointed forward, rather than knees and toes at an angle. People who sometimes hurt their pinky toe accidentally do so because of a more proper gait that matches the way we walked as a child. Those (like me) who stub or hurt their big toe come as a result of having travelled away from that youthful gait and are now leading with our toes.  Fortunately, on my silent (save for the bird songs) walk this weekend, I was able to pay much more attention –and intention –on trying to correct my gait, hoping to yield a more efficient physicality as I practice it more. I could not have paid as much attention to this self-correction if I had the music on.  Paul Read, in The Ways of Learning: A Handbook for Teachers and Students, talks about finding our own inner shuffle and learning to adapt to our own rhythm, our own movement and flow, regardless of which music or sound or non-sound is played in classes or your own practice.  That we can alter our pace and not try to copy the beat of the music.  For me at this level still on my learning path, I still find it more calming and ripe with intention, to be music free during my tai chi practice, and sometimes on my other cross-training like walking and hiking.  How many of you prefer your internal arts practice with music versus a more silent practice? Those of you inspired to hear the classic Simon & Garfunkel tune referenced in the title can find an early version here.

 

 

  •  July class with Master John Armstrong:  This Sunday July 13, 10am – 12pm, continue to share with our Philadelphia tai chi partner visiting Dragon Gym ( 267 S. Whitford Road in Exton PA ). There will not be an August class, so catch this one before the vacation break.

 

  • Student News & Events: Christian is enjoying a family beach getaway this week. Christine H says hello, has been having some musculoskeletal difficulties plus away traveling and hopes to see us again later. Jose feels that Christian’s new haircut reminds him of Agent Gibbs on NCIS. Irene F, great to run into you at Jersey Boys and thanks for letting me join you guys. Phil G, Deborah O, Christian and Chris joined Master John Armstrong at a weekend lakeside retreat recently, and I’ve read these positive notes from Phil: “What a blessing to learn from such great men, an art that I have just begun to scratch the surface. I am lucky to have teachers who live the art and teach from their heart. Campfire, open water, and good laughs only give me more reason to know this is my truth.”  Welcome back Irene and Ellen. Happy birthday this month to Doris and Annette. I saw a few photos from Deborah’s holiday weekend trip to Washington DC. Anyone wanting to share any summer vacation pics let me know.  Social Media Roundup: In the Twittersphere, welcome new follower @Feralogic from Australia, Randy @swimdragontaiji in the Boston area, and @YunisHadi.  Christian’s Facebook post showed downed wires from tree damage during Hurricane Arthur and said he was now “off the grid for the weekend”.  Welcome a reader in Morocco to our WordPress site this week. Thank you to one of our largest non-USA group of Facebook fans from Portugal!  SCHEDULE NOTE: The Y classes are still on with a substitute this week, I presume the night classes offsite will wait until next week when our instructor Christian is back.

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes: Reviewing the coil and uncoil of the Contract/Expand posture before right shoulder strike in Part I Yang 108. ‘Leaf spring’ concept for our ward-offs. Turning (hip-centric) versus twisting (upper torso). The elbow and wrist stories of Single Whip. A nice early Thursday morning qigong set outdoors at Miller Park where we talked about spherical orbits (vs one dimensional circle), and rotation of our side posts –around our center, and also their own rotation. A hot and sunny Saturday Blue Buddha class with Metal posture Hsing-I drills.  Some push-hands practice (reading your opponent) and more hsing-I elements drills on Tuesday night. Stance drills (scissor, cat, 60-40, forward). Thirteen postures. Finding your center.  Keeping your jaw and mouth relaxed to create saliva –don’t clench your teeth. Finding our corresponding tan tiens in our arms and legs that mirror the tan tiens of the torso. Practiced ward off and neutralize drills. Also we welcomed a new students this week. 

 

 

  • General Weekly Schedule:

 

DAY

LOCATION

PRICE

TIME

Tuesday

  1. Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, 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. Miller Park  220 Miller Way (off of Waterloo Blvd) Exton PA   Drop in whichever hour you can attend, it is $15 per hour
  2. Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA  

 

  1. Lionville Holistic Health Center Natural Pharmacy, 309 Gordon Drive in Exton PA

$15 p/hour

Membership

 

$25 drop-in

(90 mins)

6.30am to 8.30a

 

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 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    

Match Point: United Tai Chi digest 6/24/14

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  • Crosstraining. We talked about this in January in another newsletter. Christian mentioned again recently how some of our tai chi principles have helped golfers with their swing. And that Laoshi book I often quote also repeats “Tai Chi helps with everything else you do.”  Last month I dipped a toe (and arm) back in some tennis practice, which I had been away from for many years. As a current internal tai chi student, I am finding moments in my tennis practice that align with, or benefit from tai chi.  Certainly there is the shoulder, rotator cuff, armpit opening in the circle of an overhead serve. The coil and uncoil of returning to your ready position after a hit only to prep for another shot. And our old friend the ‘bubbling well point’ of our foot, where we are poised always, to maintain a fluid continuous motion. The hip control of the torso turn.  The kidney story as the elbows exchange places. And who would deny tennis’s resemblance to push hands–sometimes referred to as ‘a conversation’. Tennis is not played alone, and doesn’t have quite the same mental feel of a more solo sport such as long distance running. Just as in push hands, you need to be able to intuit where your partner/opponent will be, even before they are there. Reading habits, diagnosing blockages or weak spots, patterns of motion.  On Bill Douglas’s site, worldtaichiday.org, there is also commentary about benefit to the knees –“Tennis players will also often discover less pressure in the knees after practicing Tai Chi. Consciously moving from the dan tien can bring less pressure to bear on the knees when coming to an abrupt halt because when the head or upper body leads the movement, the knees must work harder to stop your momentum.” There is a lovely tai chi tennis video here on vimeo you may want to take a look at and discuss. This is a great time of year to get outdoors with both your tai chi, and other of your favorite cross training activities.

 

  • Shares/Finds: This Huffington Post article by Karl Romain that Chris S shared about 3 ways tai chi trains your brain. And this reminder on a summary of Five Principles of Tai Chi.  Number five is the one that our instructor Christian calls Madge/Palmolive hands.   
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  • Wrap-up of recent classes: Forgetting yourself and your ego continues to be a main goal to strive for internal arts. Reminder of the yin and yang parts of each posture, elbow and kidney connections, sloshing your water all the way to the fingertips. And be cognizant that there is a little dot of yin in the yang swoosh and a little dot of yang in the yin! Bagua animal qigong. Breathing into your sore or tense spots and tricking your brain, relaxing your body. Welcome 2 new students to the afternoon class. Reminders about quality of practice versus quantity (‘we ordered the macaroni and cheese –there was a lot of it, but it wasn’t very good’).  Defining the edges or boundaries of the self. Left pull down/dragon tongue kick/parry re-direct practice. Weekend Blue Buddha or Dragon Gym classes included Hsing-I five elements, staff stance drills and the Little Dipper form. 

 

  • Student News & Events: Welcome back Marcia Z from some time away; and is Ray C back yet soon? Welcome back Steve from his Bikram Yoga studies in California. Thanks Deborah for sharing your story of utilizing tai chi principles while teaching your grandson to climb trees –reminding him to “stay close to his center for strength while climbing, and to grab the branch closest to the center of the tree trunk where it is the most stable, less likely to break or bend.”Hey we talked about Yin and Yang last blog and darned if I didn’t see another sign –the recent film 22 Jump Street had a small scene paying tribute to this integral martial arts principle too. And a pre-emptive thanks in advance for the birthday wishes this week for those of you reading this far, kudos.  Social Media Roundup: In the Twittersphere, welcome new followers @MastrYourHealth, and @RadDad64.  Reached/exceeded 3,000 total views on our WordPress page on June 10, thanks very much for your international support and readership! In this pre-football training season, don’t forget to follow @taoish (Mark Saltveit), one of the reasons I started putting our newsletter online last summer, and author of and Eagle’s fan reading list item, “The Tao of Chip Kelly”.  Welcome Leila W to our Pinterest followers. And hey, thank you Brazilians for your recent engagement or visits to our Facebook page –good luck in Group A (World Cup 2014).  This weekend our “most engaged insights” city was Rio de Janeiro.

 

  • Weekly Schedule:

 

DAY

LOCATION

PRICE

TIME

Monday

  • Fugett Middle School, 500 Ellis Lane in West Chester PA,  pre-pay multi-session class Mon/Wed , through Chester County Night School.   [ENDS June 30]

$52 whole session

7.30 pm

Tuesday

  1. Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, 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. Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, 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 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    

Force Majeure: United Tai Chi digest 5/27/14

Force

  • The great philosophers Kenny Loggins and Steve Perry once said, “Don’t fight it, it’ll do your heart so good.” In tai chi we learn not to meet force with force. And in my recent readings the concept of control, will, or force has popped up again. Were you like me this holiday weekend, missing someone you were trying to be with, when they had other plans?  Jan Kauskas relays some messages for all of us in Laoshi: Tai Chi, Teachers and Pursuit of Principle, including this great line, “The more you try to control life, the more you imprison yourself. You will experience greater and greater tension and so less and less joy, happiness and love. Once you understand the only way to control the universe is to realize you can’t, there is a wonderful freedom. It takes away the pressure that goes with trying to force things to your will”. Internal arts like tai chi are about redirecting energy, getting downwind of a direct hit, an attack, a circumstance that we shouldn’t try to barrel through with aggression, anger, whining, trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Relaxing into an uncomfortable spot instead of muscling into it. Patience, looseness, letting go of the need for control are an ongoing process of growth.  Thank you guys for keeping me honest and afloat, even in the dark spaces. And PS, if you watched that YouTube video for Loggins/Perry I linked to at the top of this essay, hopefully you are feeling a lot happier.

 

 

  • Shares/Finds: Peter Morgan’s article as a guest writer for Yang-Shen.com, regarding yin and yang in the work/life balance.  Link to where I reviewedLaoshi: Tai Chi, Teachers and Pursuit of Principle” for SlantedFlying. And a short Bruce Frantzis video on relaxing the muscles of the face.
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  • Wrap-up of recent classes: Recent warm ups include Ten Breaths, Serve the Fruit and Thirteen Postures. A few split-class sessions with Part I Yang 108 learners and Part II reviewers.  Some beginner sword form demo at Blue Buddha. Worked on some standing meditations/holding postures. Tuesday first afternoon class since moving to Lionville Y and welcomed 2 new students. Great discussion on the hard (martial) arts and internal arts –and how practitioners of either one, end up over time at the same place inside. ‘Building a bridge’ with your limbs analogy for our Elbow, Press, Shoulder posture transitions in The 13 Postures form. Nice tree qigong set outdoors at Blue Buddha on Saturday.  NEW CLASS ALERT: Through Chester County Night School the next tai chi multi-session class is at Fugett Middle School, 500 Ellis Lane in West Chester; both Monday & Wednesday nights 7.30p, June 16-30, cost $52. Purchase  through Chester County Night School

 

  • Student News & Events: Thanks very much to Sifu Huang, the Dragon Gym, the Samuelsons, the Tolberts, Master Armstrong and several United Tai Chi students and other local practitioners who participated in the 2-day tai chi workshop on May 17-18. Some pictures are on our FB page. Heard from Steve G via text earlier from his Bikram Yoga studies out west this month, he misses practicing with us and shared this reminder As soon as you meet that point of resistance you have the opportunity to grow, breathe into it & let go.” Thanks Lionville Holistic Health Center for ‘sharing’ one of our FB posts.  Thanks Esther for your commentary on our Mothers Day video on Facebook. Birthday shout-outs to students Steve G and Christine H. Thanks Carl for volunteering to hit some tennis balls with me last week (any other locals interested, message me).  Thank you Michael DeMarco from Via Media Publishing for contacting me about my book review on SlantedFlying.com.  Social Media Roundup: a huge thanks to “Best Tai Chi Videos” FB site for ‘sharing’ our Practice cartoon that we found on Pinterest/Tumblr with all their followers.  That led to a huge influx of new Facebook fans for us the week of May 19, welcome and thanks for your interest.   In the twittersphere, welcome new followers @tamaraliving, @TempioTaiChi, @SamoanRockyJoe, @Ras_Corby_VEMMA and @bcaccavale.  Welcome a reader in Ireland to our last WordPress digest read. 

 

  • Weekly Schedule:

 

DAY

LOCATION

PRICE

TIME

Monday

  • Lionville Community YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, Exton PA

 

  • Fugett Middle School, 500 Ellis Lane in West Chester PA,  pre-pay multi-session class Mon/Wed , through Chester County Night School.  Starts June 16

Membership

 

$52 whole session

7.30 am

 

7.30 pm

Tuesday

  1. Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, 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

 

  1. Fugett Middle School, 500 Ellis Lane in West Chester PA, pre-pay multi-session class Mon/Wed, through Chester County Night School.  Starts June 16

Membership

 

$52 whole session

7.30 am

 

7.30 pm

Thursday

  1. Lionville YMCA, 100 Devon Drive, 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 Rice   unitedtaichi@gmail.com    

The Crossing: United Tai Chi digest 4/1/14

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  • Another gem in our ‘living the art’ discussions, where we translate Tai Chi classroom moments into the daily lives we inhabit.  This one is about trust, chances, or leaps of faith. Last week our instructor Christian finished a class making an analogy about trying to cross the street alone, yet still taking tentative steps holding onto someone’s hand, until we can learn to trust and let go enough to finish crossing the street by ourselves. In some ways he was referencing the path we take as students –physically, mentally and emotionally, in our learning of the postures, forms, internal connections and energies.  And how we shouldn’t expect it to come all at once. We are still holding on a little bit to someone’s hand, but making small incremental attempts at building enough trust to let go and walk on our own.  To achieve something meaningful and worthwhile without rushing it or expecting to make it to the other side before we are ready.  Before we are ready to not only listen to ourselves, but to understand and receive information from those around us –be it opponents, competitors, loved ones, family, an important new relationship where we need to practice our rooting, awareness and openness. Openness is a little scary and vulnerable, like trying to cross the street by yourself for the first time. Trust is valuable. Trust is love. And day by day, we will know a little better when we can finally cross the street unassisted to arrive at something wonderful. 

 

  • Shares/Find: Even the First Lady, Mrs. Obama, is interested in trying Tai Chi, see the news clipping here This is a site where you can stay abreast of World Tai Chi Day news and events globally http://www.worldtaichiday.org  

 

  • NEW CLASS ALERT: Saturday mornings 10.30am (60 minute) at Eat Drink Om Café in West Chester. And starting April 12, an added Saturday class at Blue Buddha Studio in Glenmoore at 12:00 pm (90 minute). See prices and addresses below in the schedule table. For any of our non-YMCA site classes, war veterans may attend free of charge!

 

  • Wrap-up of recent classes: Practicing the postures to both sides. Some part II yang 108 work at Blue Buddha. Brush knee drills broken down into isolated parts at first to see and feel the subtleties. Relaxed arms, hands, shoulders and wrists move more efficiently or faster than stiff tension.  Body opening work (dragon, phoenix) for the early birds at afternoon class. Play the pan pan footwork variety and coiling notes. Kidney and elbow stories throughout the form.  Transitions between postures and where we find the Sweeping the Lotus Leaves connector transition for example. Reminders not to try and mock someone else (student, teacher) and go at your own flexibility or strength. A bit of push hands warm up practice—maintaining a connection with your partner and building energy. Defining the edges of the self in a qigong opening posture and clearing the energy fields; a few pieces of Golden Lotus, part I of Yang 108, dispelling shoulder tension for Dragon Tongue Kick, review  of the foot alignments in Single Whip. Ten breaths. Awareness and understanding of your tension spots when holding postures.

     

  • Student News & Events: Welcome to the new bi-weekly reduced newsletter frequency. Heard from Ellen W who says surgery went well, however it will be several weeks before she is able to re-join the Tai Chi classes. Thanks so much to Tai Chi students who joined out Red Cross Blood Drive at the Y on March 28 –we had over 60 donors and help save over 180 lives! Steve G is off to California late next week for a Yoga study program and we wish him well. Claudia recently attended a Lomi Lomi massage continuing education in Pottstown. Try out one of our new classes (addresses in the schedule grid below) at Blue Buddha Studio (Tues/Sat) in Glenmoore, and Eat Drink Om Yoga Café in West Chester (Thur/Sat). 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 . Also he sent us some notes about his recent Tai Chi cruise and information about his fall 2014 Wakulla Springs Seminar, which I have attached here as a word document for our E-list subscribers. April 26 is the annual celebration of World Tai Chi Day, stay tuned for more related news. In the Twittersphere, welcome new followers @PeterFIeldHypno, @NormanBuffong, @ZiLiving. Thanks Yogibattle on WordPress for ‘liking’ our Rumspringa post last month. A big Facebook welcome to new friends Jeanne W and Jamee C recently.

 

  • Etcetera: “Too much intention on the wrong place can set you back instead of move you forward.” – Christian S.

 

  • 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

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.  Eat Drink Om Yoga Café, 124 E. Gay St, West Chester PA

 

  1. Eagleview YMCA, 699 Rice Blvd, Exton PA

 

  1. Lionville Holistic Health Center Natural Pharmacy, 309 Gordon Drive in Exton PA

$15 drop-in

 

Membership

 

$25 drop-in

(90 mins)

7.30 am

 

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. Eat Drink Om Yoga Café, 124 E. Gay St, West Chester PA

 

  1. Blue Buddha Studio, 1247 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore PA (starts on April 12th)

$15 drop-in

 

$25 drop-in

(90 min)

10.30 a

 

12:00 p

 

 

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

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

 

 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