Tai Chi in the Time of Coronavirus! By Margaret Olmsted ~ (Apr 2020)

Tai Chi in the Time of Coronavirus!

By Margaret Olmsted

 

The world is experiencing a major challenge these days. In a time when people more than ever need a way to relax and build their immune systems, we are asked to stay home and physical-distance. In-person tai chi classes have mostly stopped and many people are missing them. But tai chi teachers everywhere have gotten creative and are offering classes online using the Zoom app and other means.

 

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Basic Chinese Concepts By Edna Brandt, L.Ac. ~ (Mar 2020)

Written Chinese is a language of images, and  images engage a different part of our brains than words do. Since exploring a language is a window into how a culture thinks, getting familiar with a few of the basic terms of tai chi will give you a deeper understanding of the Chinese paradigm of health and well-being, as well as help you to explain tai chi principles to students and prospective students.

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Spit on It! by Edna M Brandt, LAc ~ (Feb 2020)

Spit on It!

By Edna M Brandt, LAc

One of the more surprising things I learned from my tai chi teacher Patrick Watson was to spit on my injuries (such as sprains or strains), pain, or bruises. He taught us that as soon as we woke up and before swallowing, to put our morning saliva on our fingers and rub it into the area of the pain or bruise. If you use the tai chi knee massage, you can add your spit to both of your palms as you circle your knees.

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Gravity and Posture By Tina Curran ~ (Oct 2019)

Our relationship to gravity defines much about us: how we move; how we age; how we present ourselves to the world. Tai chi teaches us to live with gravity and not against it, to be at home in our bodies and on this planet. Gravity is the thing that holds us to the earth and lets us rise from it. Our very posture, and everything that grows in this world, grows upward, toward the sun. Within our relationship to gravity, we have what allows us to rise.

When we are balanced between above and below, gravity becomes not a weight but a freedom from weight.

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The Lion Dance Fire Tuning 2019 ~ (Aug 2019)

 

The Lion Dance Fire Tuning 2019

The Tai Chi Foundation offers qigong tunings seasonally. These tunings are an opportunity for people to join together doing qigong while in their own homes. From June 21 to July 11, 125 people participated in our summer/fire tuning, “The Lion Dance”. While a few people didn’t enjoy it, most people reported positively. Here are some of the comments we received.

 

I love these tunings. I love feeling the connection with the school.

 

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