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.

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day April 25, 2020

Please mark your calendar for Saturday April 25, 2020.  And if you are not already on my mailing list, please join so we can let you know about World Tai Chi and Qigong Day and other events: click here to sign up for announcements

Would you like to help spread the word about this event? World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Flyer (2)

Celebrating World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, annually at Reid Park, West side of the park, enter at Concert Place.   There will be a large sign to guide you in to where we meet.

Everyone welcome. All Styles and Forms.

Event is 9-11 am Sat April 25, 2020. Instructors who would like to lead a group demo (ideally something others can follow too), please sign in at 8:45. Amplification will be provided.

10 a.m. we will all join in a qigong ceremony to gather the love and harmonious Qi flowing around the globe on this day, infuse it with Tucson love, and send back out to the world.

Shade trees, bathrooms nearby, picnic tables. Bring a sun hat, chair, along with your loving self. We look forward to seeing you there.

This annual event is a world-wide movement:  One World, One Breath.

More info at worldtaichi.org

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.  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

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.  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. Find an instructor handout flyer DOH and AFPC logos

Mesa AZ Tai Chi for Fall Prevention Flyer,  Mesa (Phoenix) AZ,  March 31- April 1, 2020

Terry Tai Chi Flyer – SKILL BUILDER Mar 2020 with Senior Trainer  Terry Cruz.  Kingman AZ,  March 28, 2020

EVENT is FULL.   Qigong – Healing Tao, Tao Trilogy Winter Spring 2020  Winter Spring 2020.  email if you would like to be added to wait list – events@heatherchalon.com

Tai Chi for Heart Cond    sample flyer: Tai Chi for Heart Conditions Instructor Training Tucson, AZ January 25-26, 2020.  Also one day TCA, TCAFP,  Seated TCA training January 27.    Both are open for registration at tchi.org/workshops

Tai Chi for Rehabilitation   sample flyer: Instructor Training Tucson, AZ February 28-29, 2020

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2020  World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Flyer (2)

Sample Skill Builder Flyer: Phoenix May 5 Skill Builder Flyer Skill Builder May 5 2019


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