January 10, 2018

Seasonal Announcements


January Practice tip: Contract and Expand

Tai Chi is a study of balance, yin and yang, opposition and harmony in movement. Paradoxically, these opposites help us to move as a unit, coordinating the upper and lower body. Here are three quotes from Sun Lu Tang that I find interesting and try to apply to my tai chi practice:
“Seek the straight from the curved and to first store and then release.”
“To open is to extend and move. To close is to contract and be still.”
“As the foot and head turn, they coordinate with the heart, mind and Dan Tian.”

TCM health tip: Winter, the Water Element & Fear
Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.” -German Proverb

What does fear prompt you to do? Do you freeze or are you urged to change? Fear is the emotion associated with the Kidneys and the water element which are active in the Winter season.  Constructive fear can help us to remain alert and attend to situations and respond to danger. It can urge us to caution and restraint and help us to face challenges with courage. It can prompt change in our habits and behaviors. However, fear can affect us adversely physically and mentally.
According to TCM theory, strong emotional imbalance can lead to disease. Fear/Kidney imbalance can lead to such issues as low back trouble, kidney issues and lack of energy.
Eating warming soups, stews and beverages, gentle exercise and meditation and rest all benefit the Kidney energy.

We invite you to discover the treasures these ancient practices can bring to modern life…

Tai Chi (Taiji) is a gentle, but firm step in your journey to better health and harmony. Practiced in China for centuries, Harvard Health calls Tai Chi “Medication in Motion”, due to its many health benefits. It is a study in balance – physical, mental and emotional; bringing balance to your body and your life. Discover the rewards of moving slowly in a fast paced world.
Qigong (pronounced chee gung) is the practice of energy cultivation, using breath, intention and movement. Many forms (but not all) are simpler to learn than tai chi, though tai chi is considered a form of qigong. There are multiple Qigong styles, ranging from the gentle and internal to more dynamic forms. All reduce stress and cultivate health and qi.

”If you want to be healthy and live to 100, do qigong.” ~ Dr. Mehmet Oz

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