Relax, focusing on sinking and spiraling. Observe your body in motion and at rest. How does it expand – contract?
Hope this can help your practice.
“Billie Jean King has called Midtown Athletic Club “the best place to play tennis in the world.” We happen to agree. Midtown Athletic Club Chicago, originally established in 1970 as Midtown Tennis Club, is one of the world’s largest indoor tennis facilities and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Providing members with top-notch instruction and exclusive amenities, Midtown Chicago features 18 tennis courts, a 3,200 square foot group fitness studio, dedicated Pilates and cycling studios, exciting social events, and a pro shop. Join now to enjoy a complete tennis, fitness, and social experience in the warmth of our friendly, community atmosphere.”
Tai Chi for Tennis:
Take your tennis game to the next level by practicing simple, flowing movements based on ancient Tai Chi principles. Improve balance, agility, strength, and coordination.
If interested, please contact the club directly for more info.
Ask for :
Angela Gusman | Group Fitness Director
Calm Chicago is participating for the first time ever in the Chicago Art District’s 2nd Friday. We’ll be offering short mini-meditation sessions and qigong from 6-10pm. Our good friend, RoK Teasley will be doing original pastel drawings for you by request.
Meditation can help you focus better and leave you feeling more refreshed than if you took a nap, which can leave you feeling a tad groggy. You can do mini-meditations throughout your work day to help you stay clear of minor and major aggravations. Plus, who can get away with napping at work? You can however take a quick meditation break anytime. Even one minute can help keep you on track and happier.
Qigong not only feels good to do, it’s actually one of the best natural ways to rid your body of the nasty effects of stress. So please join us throughout the night to learn more about how you can help heal your body and mind naturally and easily.
I’m happy to offer a new video that can help you with your practice.
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When I was first learning the 18-Form qigong, all my moves were stiff and sticky. Of course, this is how it is whenever we first learn something. I know it can be frustrating for a beginner. My advice? Do your best to let it go. This is a natural part of the learning process. In the beginning, your body and brain are working hard to figure out what the heck they’re supposed to be doing. You’re watching your teacher or other students and trying to play the mirror game of follow the leader. Of course it’s going to be a little wonky at first. Really, don’t feel bad. Did any of us learn to walk over night. One day there you are a little crawling baby and suddenly you’re not a toddler, you are a full-fledged, walking up right Homo sapiens? No way. It took time. So, keep that in mind and cut yourself some slack, okay?
Sometimes, I think it can be a matter of finding the right metaphor to help us find our way. One that I like a lot and mention pretty often to students is to do each posture of the form as if you were moving through water. This may let you relax more and develop the sensitivity to lingering tension in your joints, particularly in your hands and arms. This allows you to notice that when the hands sink down towards the ground, that the heel of the palm and the wrist are the heaviest, allowing the fingertips to float up and be light, buoyed by the air, and sinking more slowly, more delicately than say, the rest of your arm.
Try it and see if that works for you. Let me know how it goes. See how sharp you can make your attention to the whole body as you move and breathe. How light and soft can you be? Then enter your practice time with an easy mind. Of course it helps you to develop when you practice with diligence, attention and focus. But try to let go of grasping for perfection. Remember, that’s why we call all these things, Practice. Enjoy your qigong journey and allow yourself to float like the leaf on the quiet river. One move and a time. One breath at a time.
Nest time, I’ll take a look at some other metaphors which have proved useful to help students catch the idea in a way that makes sense for them.
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Join us and learn how to make your body more healthy and your mind calmer.
Practices effective against many common and preventable illnesses like: high blood pressure, diabetes, and other stress-related illnesses. (thank you World Tai Chi Day)
Interfaith retreat will be led by Hillary and her husband, Ving Tsun Sifu, Matthew Johnson. Come enjoy a day of peace: Alternating periods of dynamic meditation featuring qigong and walking meditation with standing and sitting meditation along with short talks by both retreat leaders on practical applications of all forms of meditation.
Vegetarian Pot-Luck Lunch. Please bring something to share.
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Since tomorrow is the new Buddhist Meditation Center opening in Little Village in Chicago it feels like a good time to bring this post back.
Because as the potential for new teaching, new students arises it’s a time to reassess how the teaching occurs. To ask, what is most important to say, to share.
If a new person asks, so what’s tai chi and why should I do it? What does a good teacher say?
I feel like Popeye. I want to say, “Eat your spinach! It’s good for you.”
So, with tai chi, we can say, tai chi has this and that benefit to you but in the end, in order to really understand, a person has to do it themselves.
Tai chi can help you reduce stress and be healthier in the body and the mind. How do these things happen? You have to do it and see for yourself.
Just wanted to let you all know, that Calm Chicago is on You Tube. You’ll find our short videos about the 18-form qigong to help support your practice.
Each video deals with just one posture right now. And while getting to a class or involved with some kind of one-on-one instruction is ideal, in the meantime, I hope these can help answer questions you may have.
Let me know what questions you might have.
And if you’re interested in studying but can’t make it into the center, let me know because we’re be happy to come to your home, office or community space. We’re right here in Chinatown, so the South Loop is particularly close by.
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