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.

Weekly Tai Chi,  Qigong Classes,  Tucson

Winter 2017

Tai Chi for Health  1pm-2pm

Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oro Valley at N. 1st Ave & E. Tangelo. Assisted by Marilyn Rogers
tai chi fun for everyone!
Qigong Class 10:15-11:15am

Tai Chi for Health 9-10am

St. Francis in the Foothills at River and Swan.

Assisted by: Donnie Poling, Pam Steffe, Mike and Judy Safarewitz, Amber Frame, Susan Cooper

Tai Chi for Health Program

Tai Chi for Health Program

Thursdays  (Beginning January 12, 2017)
Seated Tai Chi for Health 1:00pm-2:00pm.
Territory Neurology 1631 W Ina Rd, West of La Canada

Team Taught with Marilyn Rogers
All levels welcome

Not finding a class/location to suit your needs?  Please consider helping to start a new class.

Tai Chi: $60 for a 9 week session or $10 per class. Qigong $75 for each 9 week session or $10 per class.
Register for both Qigong and Tai Chi, $120.   Participants may join classes at any time within a 9 week cycle. All Levels welcome. Classes practice together and break into groups as needed to meet individual’s various goals.

Please check calendar for specific dates (i.e. holiday schedule)
Email to let us know of your intent to join a class.  Payment may be made by cash, check, or credit card.

All Classes Fragrance Free Please

Please See Workshops Post for upcoming workshops.  Also See Post for schedule of free Library classes.


A Tai Chi Life- Take Time for Yourself

The only time you have, is the time you take….

adapted from an old Irish prayer:

Take time to work, it is the price of success.

Take time to meditate, it is the source of power.

Take time to play, it is the secret of perpetual youth.

Take time to read, it is the way to knowledge.

Take time to be friendly, it is the road to happiness.

Take time to laugh, it is the music of the soul.

And, take time to love and be loved.