Upcoming Tai Chi and Qigong Events

March 16, 2020 – All events on hold at this time.   Please check back in the coming weeks for updates.   

wishing you all health and wellbeing.   please continue your personal practice, especially tan tian breathing, review the  articles about living with the 5 Elements in my Musings of a Wandering Taoist,  keep in touch –  heather@heatherchalon.com  and heather chalon on Facebook.    

 

Look for Weekly tai chi classes with Heather or certified Tai Chi for Health Instructors, (select agenda view) Details on Calendar

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.   Make-up session April 4.  Read Details: Tao Trilogy Winter Spring 2020 

*Thanks to an enthusiastic response, this series is full.  REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.   Please be in touch for wait lists status, or to be notified of upcoming Qigong events before general announcement.  As we get closer to the April 4 ‘make up session, there may be spaces available which will first be offered to wait list.

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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 www.TCHI.org.

ARIZONA 2020

TAI CHI FOR HEART CONDITIONS                    Tucson, January 25-26

TAI CHI FOR ARTHRITIS / FALLS PREVENTION Tucson,  January 27

TAI CHI FOR REHABILITATION                           Tucson, February 28-29

TAI CHI FOR REHABILITATION                           Scottsdale, March 13-14

TAI CHI FOR ARTHRITIS, AND FALL PREVENTION, SEATED TCA   Mesa/Phoenix, AZ  March 31-April 1https://taichiforhealthinstitute.org/workshops/workshop/?workshop_id=5452

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

September 2020 dates are being reviewed.   Be in touch if you need re-cert sooner – we have a game plan. 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 & STCA &  Re-certification

Stay tuned for late Spring and early Fall

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Mark Your Calendar

4/25/2020 World Tai Chi and Qigong Day; One World, One Breath. Last 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.  Flyer download

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 possibly Wyoming.   Details coming soon.

A Tai Chi Life- Take Time for Yourself

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

Take Good Care of Yourself Dear One.  No One Else Knows What Your Soul Needs.

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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.

WINTER – The Way of the Water Element

Winter is the season of culmination of all that has transpired in the year. With winter solstice, December 21 we mark the longest night,  the deepest yin, and the turn toward the new light. Time now to rest, reflect, renew.  Within a few months, Spring will come along to begin anew. Seeds lie quietly dense with stored energy, anticipating the upcoming cycle of new growth.

Season of Light

Meanwhile, as we harmonize with winter, we emphasize the yin principle if we allow ourselves to become more receptive, introspective, storing. This can be a time of profound healing at every level of one’s being – our deepest essence touched, restored. We cool the surface of the body and warm the core. Cold and darkness (less day-light) move us to seek inner warmth. It is a time to rest, to meditate deeply, refine one’s spiritual essence, and store physical energy. Yet, we must stay active to keep the spine and joints flexible and adaptable (tao y’in, qigong, t’ai chi practices are ideal).

This is the time of the water element; midnight blue/dark purple/black; kidneys and bladder, bones, bone marrow, reproductive organs, body fluids, ears. It is said that the kidneys open to the ears – meaning that hearing is related to the health of the kidneys, the organs most affected by wintertime. The ability to listen clearly is heightened in the cold, silent months. Keep the kidneys and adrenals (atop the kidneys) warm and comfortable. This includes keeping the feet warm – the first kidney point in the meridian being at the sole of the foot. This is a time to recharge our life batteries with loving care and appreciation.

In Balance the water energy of the kidney/adrenal function (energetically speaking) – one experiences strong healthy bones, knees, lower back, teeth; good hearing and ear health; healthy hair; urinary, sexual, and reproductive health; vibrant vitality / youthful aging; strong sense of personal will and gentle power (rather than a sense of excessive fear, stress, insecurity).

Renew your Gentle Power; Release Fear and Stress

Renew your Gentle Power; Release Fear and Stress

Food: Warm hearty soups, whole grains, and roasted nuts are the staples in this season. Dried foods, small dark beans, seaweed, sea vegetables, and steamed winter greens fortify the kidneys in winter. Cook foods longer, at low temperatures and with less water – the qi taking on a more sinking, dense, inward character. Salty (naturally salty or moderate use of sea salt) and bitter foods are appropriate for the season – lettuce, watercress, endive, escarole, turnip, celery, asparagus, alfalfa, carrot top, rye, oats, quinoa, and amaranth, chicory root (often found in grain ‘coffee’), miso, soy sauce, millet, and barley. Take in warm drinks, avoid cold. Drink less alcohol than usual, if any.

Self-Care in Action (what you can do):

  • Enjoy going within and experiencing your own infinitely deep source of gentle power (no need for force) and trusting in your natural state of being able to act will-fully, easily, joyfully in alignment with your purpose and passion.
  • Practices include: slow t’ai chi, qigong; ocean breathing qigong; spine rolling qigong; laughter qigong; 6 healing sounds qigong, inner smile qigong.
  • Play with preparing foods that support your well-being, rather than those that draw you into a need for re-cooperation.
  • Upon arising in the morning, sip 4 cups of warm water (yin/yang water, mix room temperature and heated water)
  • Meditate. This suggested focus will be particularly powerful on the winter solstice, December 21. Stand outside facing the north, the direction of the Water element. Visualize and feel the power of the north in the form of blue light qi. Gather this qi into your body through your inhalation, through your pores, through the door of life in your lower back, and through the crown of your head.
    As your body fills with blue light Qi, visualize that your body becomes transformed into translucent pure blue jade. Feel that you have absorbed the essence of the Water element and that you are recharged and renewed.
  • The holidays…since we live in the West, a time packed with holidays, practice moderation, so you can enjoy the holidays as well as listening to your inner nature, all of nature: Attend only the events/gatherings most important to you – choose foods/drinks that nurture and nourish you, stay only as long as feels good for you; Schedule quiet, alone time, rest.