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The Eight Brocades

Posted by on Nov 12, 2022 in Health Blog | 0 comments

The Eight Brocades

  The Baduanjin qigong(八段錦) is one of the most common forms of Chinese qigong used as exercise.[1] Variously translated as Eight Pieces of Brocade, Eight-Section Brocade, Eight Silken Movements or Eight Silk Weaving, the name of the form generally refers to how the eight individual movements of the form characterize and impart a silken quality (like that of a piece of brocade) to the body and its energy. The Baduanjin is primarily designated as a form of medical qigong, meant to improve health.[2] This is in contrast to religious or...

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My Experience with a Qigong Teacher

Posted by on Oct 29, 2022 in Health Blog | 0 comments

My Experience with a Qigong Teacher

After surviving a deadly virus early in 2020, I felt compelled to teach Tai Chi. I became a Tai Chi Easy Practice Leader in 2018 and began teaching in 2021. Today, I teach several times per week in parks, schools, assisted living facilities and one on one. Age ranges from 5 to 95 with a variety of physical abilities and dis-abilities. I love Tai Chi, it has changed my crazy life and brought calm, patience and joy. Recently I took a Qigong class with a specialist in Chinese Medicine. Instantly I loved the class admiring the strong and balanced...

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The 10 Tai Chi Principles

Posted by on Oct 29, 2022 in Health Blog | 0 comments

The 10 Tai Chi Principles

The 10 Tai Chi Principles: 1.Straightening the head. Stand straight, relax your neck and suspend the head naturally erect from the crown point without strain or tension. The image to model is “hanging by a string from the top of one’s head” such that the head and neck align by the force of gravity alone. Correct position of chest and back. The chest is kept slightly depressed inward which helps enables one’s breath to sink to the lower belly. The upper back is slightly bowed outward while the pelvis is tucked under. Remain relaxed with no...

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Tai Chi Lesson

Posted by on Sep 21, 2022 in Health Blog | 0 comments

Tai Chi Lesson

Tai Chi thought for today by Kenny Lee Burgess.   Bodhidharma taught, regardless of how hard we work, we cannot polish a stone to make a mirror. Let me offer a story. Lets imagine a delivery of 1000 cinderblocks needs to be hand carried through a forest up a remote hill top to build a structure. We have ten days to get the job done. If we work everyday, that means we only have to move 100 blocks. Each day we miss, the number increases. If we wait till the last day, they all have to be moved in a single day. Now imagine, once the ten days...

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9 Phases of Qi Cultivation

Posted by on Sep 10, 2022 in Health Blog | 0 comments

9 Phases of Qi Cultivation

Roger Jahnke, a Doctor of Chinese  Medicine and creator of Tai Chi Easy, has dedicated his professional life to sharing the healing traditions of China. He is the director of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, in Santa Barbara, Calif., and author of The Healer Within and The Healing Promise of Qi. Explore the following forms with Dr. Jahnke with the 9 Phases of Qi Cultivation. Enjoy!   Earth (jing) section — Focuses on the body; strengthens the jing (material basis for the physical body). Promotes energy to enjoy life and...

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The Six-Syllable Secret

Posted by on Jan 5, 2022 in Health Blog | 0 comments

The Six-Syllable Secret

The Six-Syllable Secret is an ancient form of healing that uses various annunciations of the mouth during exhalation to cleanse and revitalize various organs and systems. Join us this Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the Lorain County Metroparks (click here to schedule) for Tai Chi and the Six Syllable Secret. In an entry from the Complete Book of Chinese Health and Healing by Daniel Reid explains how the Six Syllable Secret works: ‘This system works by establishing resonance between the vibratory pitch of exhalation through the throat and...

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5 Amazing Lessons from Dr. Suess

Posted by on Oct 6, 2021 in Health Blog | 0 comments

5 Amazing Lessons from Dr. Suess

Five Amazing Lessons from Dr. Seuss:   1 – Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You. 2 – Why fit in when you were born to stand out? 3 – You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. 4 – Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. 5 – Today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered.

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Tai Chi with Coach Annamarie

Posted by on Jun 29, 2021 in Health Blog | 0 comments

Tai Chi with Coach Annamarie

Like many people, over the past 15 months I have really looked inward. I have studied myself like never before. What was different? Now there was time. Time to examine the who, what and where of my life, and most importantly, the when. Lock downs and being laid off gave me plenty of time to reflect. When am I going to be satisfied? At what point do I get to say, hey I am happy with today, this moment, when? Someday, I told myself…some day. If anything I learned from 2020, is oh boy, nothing is certain and we definitely don’t know...

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Offering Selfless Service

Posted by on May 7, 2021 in Health Blog | 0 comments

Offering Selfless Service

Recently I started reading the Bhagavad Gita, commonly known as the Gita. The Gita offers a unique way of life that eases tension so that you can enjoy a happy life. Gita, apart from being a religious scripture, is a scripture of life as well. It is a way of life based on faith and devotion. It truly is a beautiful read. On this particular morning when I opened up the Gita and continued my reading, I was on the subject of Selfless Service: “One who shirks action does not attain freedom; no one can gain perfection by abstaining from work....

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