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

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

Sun Style 73 Forms                             Saturdays          Monthly       1-4pm

 

TCA/FP Workshop, Phoenix AZ       October -Nov 4-5, 2017    9am-5pm   register at tchi.org

TCA/FP Workshop, Havasu City, AZ   October 26-27, 2017          9am-5pm      Register at tchi.org

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.

Monthly Tai Chi for Health Skill Builders & Sun Style 73 forms Tai Chi. Tai Chi principles for all styles

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A WAY TO START LEARNING TAI CHI on weekends  OR  want to learn HOW TO TEACH THE Evidence based,  CDC endorsed PROGRAM?

Tai Chi Skill Builder trainings: These 3 hour workshops are  ‘intensives’ designed to help participants develop their skills in Tai Chi for Health’s evidence based, CDC recommended program Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA) 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.  

Sun Style 73 forms.  Instruction and practice.   All levels, including beginners are welcome.  We will break into groups as needed to meet individual goals.   Exploring Tai Chi principles that apply to all Tai Chi forms, and deepening understanding of unique characteristics of Sun Style.   Saturday morning sessions will provide a foundation for ease in experiencing 73 Sun Style. 

Note on both sessions: 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.

Remaining Dates 2017  (we are working on the dates for 2018) 

September 16  

October 14 

November 18

December 9

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

Registration:  early-bird fee is $25 per workshop.$30 at the door.  For Skill Builders.   early-bird fee for Sun 73 is $30.  $35 at the door.  Take both workshops on the same day – $50 pre-reg.  $60 at the door.   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.