Upcoming Tai Chi for Health Events

Classes run throughout summer! Weekly tai chi and qigong classes and all events, Details on Calendar

Free Tai Chi for Health at Pima County Libraries – series listing

Tai Chi for Health Skill Builders       Saturdays         Monthly        9-1pm
                                                                                                      

TCA/FP Workshop, Casper Wyoming              Sat-Sun     August 26-27, 2017            9:00-5:0

TCA/FP Workshop, Phoenix AZ             Saturday         September 23-24, 2017                 9am-5:00

Tai Chi Retreat (Oracle)                     Fri -Sun     October, 2017             2pm-2pm 
This workshop is tentative.  Please email me with your interest in joining us for a Friday evening, all day Saturday, Sunday morning retreat Fall, 2017.  heather@heatherchalon.com

 

SPRING Is In The Air – The Wood Element

A time of new beginnings; birth. We notice the plants pushing upwards, awakening and refreshed after their winter hibernation. The sun rises earlier and we naturally awaken earlier. There is an energy of activity and fresh new life all around us – the energy of spring. This season correlates with the wood element ; the color green; liver/gall bladder; eyes; tendons; balanced natural state of passion, kindness, ease (imbalanced state being excessive anger, dissatisfaction, frustration, shouting).

We see green all around us – this tender new life nourishes our soul through our eyes. There is less desire to eat, as the body naturally cleanses itself in spring. Cleansing is not only residue from heavy winter foods, but of excess desire and pent up emotions of dissatisfaction, impatience, anger, and accompanying short sightedness. This season may bring clearer vision; new ways of seeing things. We are encouraging quickness, more rapid movement, more outward activity. Think of a deer leaping and bounding (such movement is governed by the quality of the tendons). A vital liver supports a calm, smooth, soothing way of being – body and mind; decisiveness; sound judgment; leadership capability; ability to bring one’s passion – ideas, creativity, projects out into the world.

Wood element and FOOD and food preparation:

This is the season to clean the liver and gall bladder. Simple food preparation, including raw and sprouted foods may be emphasized. A little bit of such foods can bring in the qualities of cleansing without too much cooling and/or overworking digestion in those who are in a delicate or re-cooperative state.

Select foods reflecting the yang, ascending and expansive energy of spring. These include young plants, fresh greens, sprouts (including wheat and other cereal grasses). Minimize intake of salty and heavy foods, particularly animal products.

Create your own inner spring by selecting sweet and pungent foods such as honey/mint tea, pungent herbs – basil, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, caraway, dill, bay leaf; complex carbohydrates which are primarily ‘sweet’ flavor (increased by sprouting) – grains, legumes, seeds; young beets, carrots, and other sweet starchy vegetables; raw onions and garlic (to rid the body of parasites).

Include raw food as appropriate. When cooking foods, cook at higher temperatures, with shorter cooking time than winter preparation. If oil is to be used, quickly sauté. When cooking with water steam lightly or briefly simmer foods.

What you can do:

Play Six Healing Sounds Qigong – emphasizing balance and harmony of the whole self, with special attention on the “shhhh” of liver.

Give more focus to playing Qigong practices for the eyes. Play t’ai chi with special attention on the tendons; your ability to feel springy like a deer. If you haven’t done the qigong practices in a class, ask me for details.

Though it is getting warmer outside, keep your neck warm (eg. Wear a scarf), and protect yourself from wind, especially after playing qigong/t’ai chi.

Enjoy getting out in nature; stop and ‘smell the roses’.

Explore your creativity and the projects you have been dreaming about; let them out into the world –the world is waiting for you to authentically, fully express yourself.

Tai Chi for Health Skill Builders

These 1/2 day (4-hour) workshops are  ‘intensives’ designed to help participants develop their skills in Tai Chi for Health’s core program Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention.  Includes Seated TCA.

Who should attend: all tai chi players and instructors of tai chi,  who are familiar with the program, at a minimum – the qigong warm-ups and cool-downs and the basic 6 forms both directions.  

NOTE: ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A WAY TO START LEARNING TAI CHI on weekends

OR HOW TO TEACH THE PROGRAM?

The basic skills can be obtained by DVD if participation in this workshop series appeals to those who would like to develop a Tai Chi for Health practice and a monthly intensive is the best option due to one’s own schedule in contrast to other offerings by our team of certified instructors.  Please contact Heather at heather@heatherchalon.com  to develop your own plan for participation.

Dates:  Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00pm

2017:

May 13

June 24

we are taking a break in July

August 12

September 16

October 14

November 18

December 16

Location: Dance Studio, Junior League of Tucson Inc, 2099 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718, USA

Registration:  Fee is $25 per workshop. Please register at least 14 days prior to each Skill Builder, by emailing Heather at events@heatherchalon.com.   An email will be sent to you with payment options.