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.

Help Spread the Word: Flyers for Tai Chi and Qigong events

Thank you for downloading and distributing through your own email list or posting in social media and/or printing flyers to help us spread the word about upcoming local events.  These are just a few of the events I am leading.   If you would like a flyer for an event listed on my calendar but not posted here,  please let me know by emailing events@heatherchalon.com

National Public Health Week, UofA College of Public Health & Confucius Institute host Chinese Health Day. Demos and Info.  Flyer: Flyer for UA Health Day 2018 for public

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day  Saturday April 28.

Tucson Flyer: World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2018 – V2,   Map:   Tai Chi Reid Park-V4

Bullhead City Flyer:  

Tai Chi for Health Skill Builder May 5,  flyer: Skill Builder May 5 2018

Dr Lam in Phoenix Enhancing Sun 73 October 26, Depth of TCAFP October 27-28.  Flyers coming soon.

Tai Chi for Health: A Community Approach,  info sheet.  Share with anyone seeking collaboration in bringing evidence-based, CDC recommended Falls Prevention,  Chronic Conditions prevention and maintenance programming to their community.  info sheet: Tai Chi for Fall Prevention A Community Approach 2017

Find a instructor,  for handing out at classes and public events.   email me if you would like the word file to customize for your community. flyer: Find an instructor events flyer Alz Assoc

 

 

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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

Please help us spread the word – find flyers here

Info table and demo by Senior Trainer Susan Cooper,  Instructors Marilyn Rogers and Sally Adams.  Northwest Fire District Health and Safety Fair.  March 29.

National Public Health Week,  Chinese Health Day, sponsored by UofA College of Public Health and The Confucious Institute,  Saturday, April 7, 2018.   9:30-1:30.  Join us for a fun informative morning on the UofA Mall.   We’ll have an info booth, and will present an interactive demo (Tai Chi for Health Institute demo is at 12:30).   **Volunteers needed for our information table and demo,  please email me at heather@heatherchalon.com

One World, One Breath – World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, Saturday, April 28.   9-noon,  with powerful 10am ceremony – gathering Qi,  revving it up with Tucson love and compassion, and sending it on to the next time zone.   Reid Park, Concert Area…. more details coming soon.   Please email events@heatherchalon.com if you plan on joining in on the fun.   We’ll have signs out to guide to our spot. Find flyer and Map

Bullhead City,  Community Park, sponsored by Mohave County Department of Public Health, WACOG, Bullhead City Chamber of Commerce.  Info: contact Mack Boone, quenado1@gmail.com in collaboration with Senior Trainer Terry Cruz, Instructors Tom Quirk, Melinda Kemp, Vanessa Eugenio.  flyer.

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, Phoenix, AZ              March 20-21, (Tues-Wed), 2018 9am-5pm.       8:30 check-in opens

TCA/TCAFP, Albuquerque, NM     April 10-11  (Tues-Wed), 2018 9am-5pm .  8:30 check-in opens

TCHI Annual  Tai Chi Pre-Conference, Oregon  June 2-3,   Conference June 4-10

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 TCAFP                                                                           (through TCA2)

 

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