Upcoming Tai Chi for Health and Qigong Events

Look for Weekly tai chi classes and other tai chi, qigong, tao yoga events, Details on Calendar

Evidence-based, Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention: Heather Chalon, MPH, MT presenter Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition, Phoenix, AZ Jan 10, 2018

Skill Builders in Arizona: http://heatherchalon.com/tai-chi-for-health-skill-builders-sun-style/

Tai Chi for Health:  TCA and TCAFP Workshops:  Instructor Qualification,  Re-certification, “Just for Fun” options.    Register at tchi.org

TCA/TCAFP, Albuquerque, NM     January 30-31 (Tues-Wed), 2018 9am-5pm .  8:30 check-in opens

TCA/TCAFP,  Tucson, AZ              February 16-17 (Fri-Sat), 2018 9am-5pm.       8:30 check-in opens

TCA/TCAFP, Phoenix, AZ              Spring 2018

TCHI Tai Chi Conference, Oregon

TCA/TCAFP,  Jackson, WY            June 21-22 (Thurs-Fri), 2018 9am-5pm.         8:30 check-in opens

TCA/TCAFP,  Casper, WY             June 25-26 (Mon-Tues), 2018 9am-5pm.        8:30 check-in opens

Dr Paul Lam joins us in Phoenix, AZ   October 26 Enhancing Sun 73,  Oct 27-28 Depth of TCA

 

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

 

Tai Chi for Health Skill Builders, Sun Style. Tai Chi principles for all styles


Tai Chi Skill Builder trainings:   ‘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. With a path for developing Sun Style 73 forms.  Instruction and practice.   All levels.  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. 

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, with a willingness to follow along with more advanced forms.  If your primary interest is Sun 73 forms,  please attend the whole workshop – we will explore forms and principles throughout the session and will not repeat movements already covered in the first two hours. 

Note: The basic skills can be obtained by DVD or Dr Lam’s online courses if participation in this workshop series appeals to those who would like to develop a Tai Chi for Health practice and an intensive is the best option due to one’s own schedule in contrast to weekly classes by our team of certified instructors. (see calendar for ongoing classes)  

TUCSON – December 12 (Tuesday),  10-12;30 The Studio, The Studio, 4648 E. Speedway Rd., Tucson, AZ 85718. at the corner of Speedway & Swan Rd.   $15.00 no registration required. just show up, pay at the door.

PHOENIX – January 20, 2018 (Saturday), 1-4pm**.   Ability360, 5025 E Washington, Phoenix, AZ.   TCA skills. 
** Note: If you are working on TCA2 and/or 73 forms and would like to practice together/gain feedback,  I have reserved time from 11:30.  Registration:  $25. **$35 including TCA2/Sun 73 skill development.  Space is limited.  Reserve your space by emailing events@heatherchalon.com, specify which event(s) you will attend.  An email will be sent to you with payment options.

TUCSON -January 27,2018 (Saturday).  noon-4pm Dance Studio, Junior League of Tucson Inc, 2099 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718.   Note: noon-2 TCA/TCA2, 2-4 Sun 73.  If your interest is in Sun 73, please attend all 4 hours, as skill development of forms will take place throughout the entire session.  Registration:  $15 for TCA/TCA2.  $25 including Sun73. Space is limited.  Reserve your space by emailing events@heatherchalon.com, specify which event(s) you will attend.  An email will be sent to you with payment options.

Dates coming for TCA/FP Skill Builders in Havasu City and Yuma.

  

Summer: The Fire Element

Summer: The Fire Element
Harmonize with the yang season of summer, by embracing the yang principle – upward expansion, growth, lightness, outward activity, brightness, and creativity. Act as if you enjoy the heat – even if you do not. During this phase of intense growth, awaken early in the morning and reach to the life giving power of the sun for nourishment. Everything grows in the heat. This is the time to allow the body to release open- letting go of stress and tension. Grow into selfless service. Enjoy the bounty of the outside world as it enters and enlivens us. The Fire element, rules the heart and small intestine. The heart includes the organ as well as the concept of the heart as a mental/emotional center. The word for heart, xin is often translated as heart-mind. Correspondingly, the Fire phase is the time of the tongue/speech, blood vessels, joy, laughing, sweat. Imbalances of excess of impatience, intolerance, cruelty, judgement, hatred, shame, guilt can be transformed into peace, love, compassion, acceptance with our conscious attention to our patterns and practices. Cultivating a healthy heart-mind will allow that which is the best in us to fully develop and to flourish.
The heart in harmony expresses in people as being genuinely friendly, humble, with open hearts and aware minds, a sense of clarity, and the ability to effortlessly see through problems and arrive at brilliant solutions.

Food and its preparation
Along with our practice, eating what is in season is always a very good way to comply with the chi of the time. Use plenty of brightly colored summer fruits and vegetables, enjoy creating beautiful meals. Cook lightly and add a little fiery flavor regularly. Favor sautéing, use hight heat for a brief time, steam or simmer foods as quickly as possible. Use more water, less salt. Replace minerals and oils lost to sweat. Avoid iced drinks, excessive amounts of cold and raw food, and ice cream as they contract the stomach and stop digestion. Eat cooling foods: watermelon is particularly good as is green tea (not too strong). Other cooling foods are: bean sprouts, Chinese leaf, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, green leafy vegetables, tomato, cucumber, asparagus, seaweed, mint, fish and shell-fish.

What you can do
Practice Tai Chi, Qigong and Neigong particularly to open the heart, keeping shoulders and chest moving, and lengthening the connective tissue/joints.
Spend time outdoors enjoying the sun, allowing (not pushing) heart and mind to open to growth and personal expansion. Taking care to experience the heat and sun in moderation so as to preserve wei chi, your protective qi.
Not yet familiar with the practices? Please join us for classes and workshops. Or, book me for your own Tao Healing workshop or retreat www.heatherchalon.com/calendar.