INDIAN SUMMER, and the Tranisition between all Seasons: Earth

As we pay attention to the natural rhythms of life, we easily attune and find harmony. Now it is time to turn our awareness to Late Summer / Indian Summer – the Earth Element. This is the interchange of all seasons, the Center. It is the point of transition from yang to yin, between the expansive growth phases of spring and summer, and the inward, cooler, more mysterious fall and winter seasons. This is a pleasant, tranquil, and flourishing season. One may feel as if time stops and activity becomes effortless, dreamlike. Unity, harmony, and the middle way are summoned between the extremes. The interchange between periods (the two equinoxes and two solstices are also buffers between seasons, governed by the Earth Element), represents pivotal pauses in the light patterns we experience from the sun, the center of our solar system.

To attune with late summer, listen and pay attention, to its subtle current. Find the rhythms and cycles that make life simple and harmonious, centered and balanced. Yellow and orange are the colors of the season. Chaotic, rigid, discordant conditions, whether mental or physical, can be transformed through centering practices such as qigong and tai chi.

Foods: Choose foods for each meal that are harmonizing and represent the center – mildly sweet foods, yellow or golden foods, round foods. Select foods known to harmonize the center – millet, corn, carrots, cabbage, garbanzo beans, soybeans, squash, potatoes, string beans, yams, fresh tofu, sweet potatoes, sweet rice, rice, amaranth, peas, chestnuts, filberts, apricots, cantaloupe. Prepare foods simply. Practice moderation as a guide – preparation, cooking time, temperature, methods, use of oils and water.

You may choose this time of interchange to practice a purification – a mild cleansing. Naturally, these practices may be followed at any time of year to support balanced and harmonious experiences.

The Earth Element’s related organs, the spleen-pancreas and stomach, are primarily responsible for digestion and distribution of food and nutrients /life experiences and how they nourish us. The qi energy and other essencesextracted from digestion are used by the body to create wei qi (say ‘way chee’) or immunity, vitality, warmth, and formation of the body’s tissue and mental functions.

In balance, we are able to nurture ourselves and others; feel strong, active, and stable. We have good appetite and digestion, endurance. We feel organized and orderly; attentive; creative with a flourishing sense of imagination.

What you can do: Nurture – yourself, others; allow yourself to be nurtured…spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. Play six healing sounds qigong, standing practices to ground and send deep roots into the earth.

Enjoy Indian Summer. May life be rich, vibrant, harmonious, peaceful, easy, and creative!

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

Like to organize a Skill Builder in your area?  Just ask.   TCA, TCR, TCE, Sun 73,  Wu Style, Inner Structure of Tai Chi,  Qigong as a tool for developing Tai Chi skills.

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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)  

Other opportunities for Skill Development March and April.

TUCSON – May 5,2018 (Saturday).  noon-4pm Dance Studio, Junior League of Tucson Inc, 2099 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718.   Note: noon-2 TCA/TCA2, noon-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:  $20 for TCA/TCA2.  $30 including Sun 73. Space is limited.  Reserve your space by emailing events@heatherchalon.com, specify which session(s) you will attend.  An email will be sent to you with payment options.

Dates coming for TCA/FP Skill Builders in Phoenix, Havasu City and Yuma. Please let Heather know in advance of your interest,  events@heatherchalon.com  and to ensure you recieve notification.

  

AUTUMN: Metal Element Way of Tao

Fall is the season of harvest, a time to pull inward and gather together on all levels, a time to store up fuel, food, and warm clothing, a time to study and plan for the approaching stillness of winter. Everything in nature contracts and moves its essence inward and downward.Easing Into Autumn Leaves and fruit fall, seeds dry, the sap of trees goes into the roots. This is the time of the Metal element, the lungs, skin, nose, color white, pungent flavor, balanced emotions of joy, harmony, courage. Imbalances such as grief, sadness, and despair can be transformed with our conscious attention to our patterns and practices.

Foods: We become aware of the season’s abundant yet contracting nature. Choose more astringent foods (e.g. spinach and radish) with heartier flavors. Cooking methods involve focused preparation to supply greater energy required by cooler seasons. The essence of food is received through the sense of smell, with baked or sauteed dishes – concentrated foods to thicken the blood for winter. In general, cook with less water, lower heat, for longer periods of time. Include more sour (a little goes a long way) foods such as sourdough bread, sauerkraut, olives, pickles, leeks, aduki beans, salt plums, rose hip tea, vinegar, cheese, yogurt, lemons, limes, grapefruit, and the sour varieties of apples, plums, and grapes. To counter dryness, add a small amount of fresh soy products, spinach, barley, millet, pear, persimmon, loquat, seaweeds, almond, sesame seed, honey, eggs, and a little salt in cooking moistens dryness.

Connecting with the Earth. As we root our feet and open to receiving the earth’s nourishing energies, be mindful that the ground is becoming cooler now. Shoes should be warn when standing on cool ground. This includes indoors. Enjoy bare feet when the day is warm and the earth has been warmed by the sun.

What you can do:
Pressing back palms qigong; qi self massage – tapping the thymus gland, SSSSS healing sound, playing the Tiger movement.

Access your inner courage, integrity, happiness - Tiger frolic with healing sound

Access your inner courage, integrity, happiness – Tiger frolic with healing sound; qi self massage lung tops/cross forearms over heart.

Don’t know these practices yet?

Please join us at qigong and /or tai chi class.