AUTUMN: Metal Element

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.

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Upcoming Tai Chi and Qigong Events

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Look for Weekly tai chi classes, (select agenda view) Details on Calendar

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

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

Mentorship for TCHI Instructors at the following public classes with Heather on  Tai Chi for Health,  Balance, Falls Prevention / Sun Style,  Tai chi for Rehabilitation, or Tai chi for Heart Conditions
1) St Philips in the Hills Church.  4440 N Campbell Road, Tucson.  Music Hall.  Mondays and Thursdays 9-10 am.   Registration at events@heatherchalon.com.  Sign up for classes, and arrange with Heather to establish guidelines for mentorship.
2) Pima County Public Library Classes.  see list

Instructors seeking mentorship, contact Heather at heather@heatherchalon.com to make your needs known.   Together,  we will make a plan.

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Tai chi is a special type of qigong.   They mutually enhance and deepen the enjoyment of practice.   the following offering is suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners of tai chi, qigong, tao meditation.

QIGONG / HEALING TAO-  TRILOGY  Winter/Spring 2020

Trilogy Jan 11, Feb 8, March 7 – 11:00-3:00.   Read Details: Tao Trilogy Winter Spring 2020.docx.  Email events@heatherchalon.com to hold your spot. 

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Tai Chi for Arthritis *  TCA for Falls Prevention   *   Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 2  *  Tai Chi for Rehabilitation *  Tai Chi for Heart Conditions,  Matters of the Heart

Instructor Qualification and Updates/Re-certification Workshops: 

*For people who are already certified in TCA and/or TCAFP,  Seated TCA certification may be added.

See registration site per workshop for details.  Register at TCHI.org.

ARIZONA 2019 / 2020

TAI CHI FOR REHABILITATION                           Tucson, December 7-8

TAI CHI FOR HEART CONDITIONS                    Tucson, January 25-26

TAI CHI FOR REHABILITATION                           Scottsdale, March 13-14

Other dates being considered.   Like to host in your area?  email heather@heatherchalon.com

MASSACHUSETTS

TCHI/ Dr Paul Lam June Conference,  Mount Holyoke College.    Yang 24 Week-end pre conference.   18 options for weeklong.    

Exploring Depth and Magic of Yang 24.   Facilitating with Dr Paul Lam, Week-end Pre-Conference.  Register:  https://taichiforhealthinstitute.org/workshops/workshop/?workshop_id=5292

Five Element Qigong, Tai Chi for Life, Tai Chi for Hearth Conditions/Matters of the Heart.  I am leading this week long workshop.   3 Instructor Certifications,  1 Purpose – by embracing simplicity, learning to love and heal ourselves,  so we can love and help others to heal,  together,  we love and heal the world.   Register: https://taichiforhealthinstitute.org/workshops/workshop/?workshop_id=5291

Six Healing Sounds Qigong – I am leading this Thursday evening session. Option to select when registering for the conference.

NEW MEXICO

Stay tuned  and/or  email with your interest  Spring 2020.     Complete:  September 10-12. Albuquerque  Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention.   Re-certification/Updates.  For those who are prepared,  add Seated TCA and TCA Part 2.

WYOMING:

TCA, TCAFP & Re-certification                             Coming soon,  details for May  and  August/Sept 2020 Casper, Cheyenne/Larmie,  and more

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Mark Your Calendar

4/25/2020 World Tai Chi and Qigong Day; One World, One BreathLast Saturday of April each year.    In Tucson,  we meet at Reid Park,  West side near amphitheater.  Powerful 10am ceremony – gathering Qi,  revving it up with Tucson love and compassion, and sending it on to the next time zone.

September is National Falls Prevention Awareness Month.   Stay tuned for events, especially around the first day of Fall 2020.

Qigong/ Healing Tao –  ongoing Instructor Certification training.  Fall 2020  two-day Healing Tao Fundamentals trainings,   Arizona and Wyoming.   Details coming soon.

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 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 high 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.