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Tai Chi Principles

Posted by on Jun 23, 2023 in Health Blog | 0 comments

Tai Chi Principles

  The 10 Tai Chi Principles:   1.Straighten 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...

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Summer Reading 2023

Posted by on Jun 8, 2023 in Health Blog | 0 comments

Summer Reading 2023

Here are some of my favorite books on Qigong, Tai Chi and Taoism. Fun and easy to read. Enjoy!  ...

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Today’s Tai Chi with Annamarie 3/11/23

Posted by on Mar 11, 2023 in Health Blog | 0 comments

Today’s Tai Chi with Annamarie 3/11/23

Hi all you beautiful people! Today’s class in the metroparks was a lot of fun. We mixed meditation with movement. Voices with sound. Authentically created a space of non-judgment, joy and letting go. For those of you interested, the t-shirt I was wearing today came from Bonfire.com then look under The Healer Within. Here’s the link.  There are different styles and colors too:) Here is the I Am meditation song by Roger Griffith. I invite you to try this mantra at least once by yourself. Forgive yourself. Love...

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Time for a Cleanse

Posted by on Jan 3, 2023 in Health Blog | 0 comments

Time for a Cleanse

Feeling Sluggish? Foggy? Maybe your body could use a cleanse. At least once a year we like to cleanse our bodies from all of the excesses of the recent months. We use a 2-week cleanse combining several additional resources and have found this to be gentle and effective. If you decide to follow along, come aboard the cleansing train into 2023! The Easy Cleanse This is a two week gentle cleanse (can be done in 1 week). Nourish and support your body’s organs with citrus, lean protein, vegetables and water. Re-invigorate, re-charge. Fill...

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Building Your At Home Practice

Posted by on Dec 31, 2022 in Health Blog | 0 comments

Building Your At Home Practice

  The foundation of a holistic practice includes 4 easy ways to boost your mood, energy and sense of well-being: Breathing Body Posture and Movement Self-Applied Massage Meditation   Keep it Simple: ten times, ten minutes, ten consecutive days Breathing: 2-4 breathing: breathe in for 2 counts, out for 4 counts Movement: bend side to side like a will tree. Shaking. Massage: Tapping arms, legs, hands and feet Meditation: Hug the Tree Mediation for one minute. Then repeat these four steps. Repetition helps us learn and helps us develop...

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Qigong for the Holidays: Experience profound peace and joy in less than 15 minutes.

Posted by on Dec 21, 2022 in Health Blog | 1 comment

Qigong for the Holidays: Experience profound peace and joy in less than 15 minutes.

Don your hat Get cozy warm Breathe in love Exhale no harm   https://youtu.be/ANBwBePQnuw

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No Tai Chi in the Park until 2023

Posted by on Dec 17, 2022 in Health Blog | 0 comments

No Tai Chi in the Park until 2023

Due to the holidays, we will not be doing Tai Chi Easy in the French Creek Metroparks until after the first of the year, 2023. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my Tai Chi Easy participants who show up Saturday mornings at 10:30 am. You all are the wind beneath my wings and my motivation. Thank you for your dedication, kindness and love. Right back at you! See you all in 2023.  

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Hanging Around On the Hara Line

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

Hanging Around On the Hara Line

  The Hara Line is right in the center of you. It is the center of our energy source. From above, upper and lower. Energy enters through top of the top of the head and rides down the electrical cord (spine) and exits through soles of feet and and palms of hands.  the point between your perineum and tip of spine. This is where the hara line is located. The hara line is a laser-like line that aligns vertically with the physical body. Not visible to the human eye it has been said to be approximately one-third of an inch wide. It begins...

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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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