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.

Interested?  Click here to receive updates about workshops.

Tai Chi for Arthritis  and Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention,  Seated TCA,  TCA 2 Instructor Certification workshops.   

Just For Fun Pricing for all Tai Chi enthusiasts

Register at https://taichiforhealthinstitute.org/

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Tai Chi for Arthritis; Fall Prevention workshop February 4-5, 2016 Tucson, AZ

Tai Chi for Arthritis; Fall Prevention workshop  Tucson, AZ

These workshops are designed for certification of new instructors and to update existing instructors, to safely and effectively offer classes in their community.

  1. Tai Chi for Arthritis for Fall Prevention (core Tai Chi for Health Program)

An application form, questionnaire, and release will be sent to all who register.
All participants will receive a certificate; however,only participants who fulfill the requirements
will be certified to teach this program.

This Workshop is designed for:
Tai chi students or teachers
Fall prevention professionals
Physical / Occupational therapists
Exercise instructors
Arthritis educators or individuals working
with arthritis programs
Sports medicine professionals
Nurses
Other health care professionals
Rheumatology professionals
Other individuals interested in tai chi

CEU Credits –2 day workshop 14 credits
(TCAFP) 3-day workshop 21 credits -contact
hours for CEUs for Physical Therapists (PTs &
PTAs), Occupational Therapists (OTs and
OTAs), Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Practical
Nurses (LPN), Licensed Mental Health Technicians
(LMHT), & American College of Sports
Medicine Certified Professionals (ACSMP).
$30 extra charge for CEU Certificate

An abundance of current medical research shows the practice of tai chi has excellent health benefits and very low risk of injury. Because of this, many doctors are recommending it to their patients. This has increased the demand for classes and instructors. Most facilities require certification of their instructors.

2. Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 2.

Instructor Certification.   Additional Tai chi movements include the key forms in traditional sun style.  Deepen understanding of the TCA program, teaching mehtodology, how to teach TCA / TCAFP effectively. This is a great workshop for taking next steps once you are comfortable with TCA / TCAFP, a way to offer participants more breadth and depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention.

3. Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis

Instructor Certification. Deepen understanding of the TCA program, teaching methodology, how to teach effectively for seated participants.

Workshop Details
My workshop dates are listed on my website on  Upcoming Events
Registration Fee includes certificate, tea & light snacks.
Resource material not included but can be purchased at
www.taichiproductions.com Registrants receive 20% workshop attendee discount with their order (promo code given upon registration).
RESOURCE MATERIALS:
Teaching Tai Chi Effectively (book)
Tai Chi for Arthritis DVD (2 DVD set)
Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis (DVD)
It is required that participants have or purchase and study the DVD(s) and book prior to the workshop.

About the Instructor

Heather Chalon, MPH, Master Trainer, based in Tucson, AZ, began her tai chi and qigong journey while living in China in the mid-1980s. She has been teaching for two decades. She is an expert in Wu Style Tai Chi chuan, Universal Healing Tao practices, and as a Public Health Consultant, has been working with Dr. Paul Lam since 2011 bringing the health benefits of tai chi, specifically Sun Style, to Arizona, the Southwestern US, and beyond.

What is Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention?
Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention (TCA;FP), designedby Australian family physician Paul Lam and a team
of tai chi and medical experts, is based on the Sun style tai chi. TCA is easy to learn, effective, and safe, yet has much depth for more advanced learners. Clinical and research studies show this program to be safe and effective for people with arthritis. It is also endorsed by the CDC as one of their recommended Fall Prevention programs and is one of the highest level evidence based programs of the Agency on Aging.

Seated Tai Chi Training February 6, 2016 Tucson AZ

Seated Tai Chi Training  Tucson AZ

Common Benefits of Tai Chi
Fall Prevention
Better balance and coordination
Builds muscle strength & stamina
Improves posture & biomechanics
Improves circulation
Enhances Immune System
Enhances flow of energy
Promotes flexibility
Improves stress management
Anyone can benefit from coming to this workshop whether you plan to teach or not… You will enjoy learning this beautiful set of tai chi.

Registration / Payment
Register for one or both workshops online at TCHI.org Payment details will be sent upon registration.

Questions? Contact Workshop Facilitator Heather Chalon, MPH at heather@heatherchalon.com.

Pricing:

TCAFP        $250/2 days.
Add TCA + $50 (pre-workshop assignment due April 3)

Update/recert $150.  (Day 2 required, recommend both days.  Same price.)

Just for Fun $125

TCA 2        $150              JFF $75

STCA         $150              JFF $75

Specials:

4 Days,certs $400

TCAFP + 1 day $375

Options:

Proof of current CPR is required for re-certification and TCHI Board Certified Instructor status.

If there is enough interest a CPR/BLS class can be offered on one of the evenings. $30.

Updates – $40 per update.  Assignments completed 10 days prior to workshop, or with approved exception.  currently available updates from Heather Chalon, MT – Tai Chi for Arthritis, TCA for Fall Prevention, TCA 2, Seated TCA.

Professional continuing education credits (CEUs) are offered for all workshops.  14 CEUs for the two day workshop $30 / 6.5 CEUs for each of the one day workshops $15 per day.

Detailed directions and hotel information will be sent to all registered participants.
(contact Heather if you are interested in shared housing accommodations…)