Check out my schedule of de-stressing tai chi and qigong at the American Rhythm Center. You can sign up online for my 2013 classes now!
RoK Teasely drew the night away at Calm Chicago as part of last night’s 2nd Friday festivities.
All you had to do was give him three words and he’d make you a drawing, an idea he calls, “Drawing Out Souls.”
He made some lovely pictures and people really seemed to love the work made just for them on the spot.
If you missed your chance to get a drawing, no worries. RoK will be back next month for 2nd Friday, July 13th 6-10pm!
Also, don’t forget, tomorrow Calm Chicago has 18-Form Qigong from 9:30-10:15, then tai chi from 10:30-11:30 in the morning. Hope to see you there.
Check out the results fo this study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This is new work, published in 2012 shows (again) that Yang tai chi and it’s soft gentle movements help people suffering terrible pain feel better.
I am happy to say, this is the exact form I teach at the center. So, please come in and try it. One of the things I love best aout treating pain with tai chi, no icky side effects as you’d experience from medication. And if you become addicted to tai chi as a form of exercise, you’ll just live a healthier life with less pain and more peace of mind.
I’m happy to offer a new video that can help you with your practice.
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Check out this terrific article from Time Magazine and share it with your friends who may be curious about what all this tai chi business is.
I’ll just add that the article closes with saying that younger folks might need a greater aerobic challenge than tai chi presents. Maybe. Everyone is different but there are many forms of tai chi some of which move at a pretty good clip. Even the Yang 24-form which is normally done fairly slowly, can be done fast to increase the aerobic potential. And, I can tell you doing the form over and over, nice and slow gets my heart rate up to 135 easily.
As well, for advanced students, as you move through the form slowly, chewing on the fine details and uncovering the buried treasure for mind and body, one of the things you find is the forms natural centrifugal tendencies. This allows you to develop and make the most of those on many levels.
Let me know what you think. Come on in and try it out. Got nothing to lose but your stress!
This is the first of a series of videos I’ll be posting to support teaching at Calm Chicago. Each short clip features one posture from the 18-form qigong which are terrific mind/body exercises. They are great for preparing the body and mind for further study in tai chi if you wish but are also good on their own for general health of the body and to help support single pointed focus of the mind required for deepening meditation practice.
I present these videos of tai chi and so forth as part of my own practice, with all humility. I hope they help support your practice. Please let me know. I look forward to your feedback.
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Qigong / Meditation
Tai Chi / Meditation
Sunday 10-11 a.m.
Beginner classes offer a gentle introduction to 18-form qigong, Yang 24 form taiji and meditation.
Qigong / Meditation
Tai Chi / Meditation
Sunday 11 – noon
Advanced students are encouraged to attend beginner classes. Their study continues Sundays with advanced taiji, qigong and meditation training.
Tai Chi / Qigong:
in Ping Tom Park (weather permitting) otherwise we meet in the center on Lumber St.
Wednesday and Friday 7 a.m.
30 minutes – $15
all levels welcome
No special clothing required, just sneakers. Go straight to work from class!
Drop-In Tuition: Want to try a class out? Students may pay drop-in tuition $20 for any open class.
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Tai chi and qigong are ways of getting in close touch with your breath, cultivating a healthy awareness of it.
When we know what’s up with the breath, we have a pretty good idea of how the rest of the body and mind are doing.
When the breath suffers so does the rest of us. But when we gently pay attention to the breath, making it stronger, our bodies and minds become stronger and healthier too.
So, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day? Sounds like a slam dunk to me.