More World Tai Chi day photos and videos!

We started with the Yang style 10 form set, progressed thru the Yang 24 form, Yang 108 form then the Wudang/Yang Therapeutic Tai Chi.

Finished up the day with some sword practice. This was the first time some people had picked up a sword, and the first time we had played together, we obviously had more fun than coordination 😉

Many thanks to John O’Rourke for these videos and photos!!!

World Tai Chi Day 2019 photos

A grand time was had by all at Mountain Park Park, celebrating World Tai Chi Day. The weather was perfect, the crowd was fun, and we all practiced Tai Chi together. Enjoy some of the photos and movies (to come in the next post).

2019 WTCD group photo

A fun group of Tai Chi players!

World Tai Chi day 2019

World Tai Chi day is celebrated around the world at 10AM local time, this is the 20th anniversary. Here in Lilburn, we will be doing our 4th annual celebration at Mountain Park Park. Last year about 45 people came to practice Tai Chi, lead by Jan and Diana Dice, another local Tai Chi instructor. This year we are inviting all Tai Chi practitioners to come join us. Other teachers will have the opportunity to show and lead their style to the group as well. There is no cost to join us, just wear something comfortable and weather appropriate, and bring water to drink. We will be meeting on the Pounds Road side of the tennis courts, by the small child playground.

Mountain Park Park, 5050 Five Forks-Trickum Road, Lilburn 30047

Up Close and Personal with Jan and Diana

Up Close and Personal with Jan and Diana

The Up Close and Personal Magazine in Lilburn published this great article about Diana and myself. It’s definitely spurring some interest in the classes, and hopefully on World Tai Chi day also. Come join us and see for yourself what Tai Chi in the park is like!

Common Stance Issues

Here’s another wonderful teaching from the Tai Chi, Qigong & Feng Shui Institute’s latest newsletter. Do sign up for this one, it is worth it!

“On the other hand, some are able to relax the pelvis but couldn’t keep the back straight, thus placing too much weight on the bottom and lower back. When you relax your pelvis and do the stance properly, the weight should be on your thighs.
In order to check whether your stance is correct, stand beside a mirror and start to relax your pelvis and lower your body until the angle between your thighs and calves is less than 160 degrees. Now, look at the mirror. Make sure your back is straight. If your knees go beyond your toes, you are placing too much weight on your knees. If your bottom sticks out, that means you are placing too much weight on it as well as your lower back. See the photo below for details.

stance corrections

“Here is a free video that teaches you how to move your pelvis properly during the movements.”

My deep gratitude to Sifu (Master/Teacher) Wing Cheung for his wise teachings! Please visit his website for more information.

Silver Sneakers Tai Chi

Good news for seniors – two new classes have opened up for you in Lilburn and Tucker. On Mondays, Gwinnett Christian Terrace has Tai Chi from 10 – 10:45. This will be a gentle class for those with limited mobility – we will do some movements standing and all of them will be adapted for those who remain seated. 414 Berkmar Way, NW, Lilburn. 770.925.2300 – call if you need directions. Cost is free, but a $5 donation is suggested.

On Thursday mornings, at 9:30, the Lay It Down Fitness Tai Chi class will now be a Silver Sneakers class. You still have to preregister with Lay It Down and sign their waiver, but there is no cost for Silver Sneakers members. Please bring your card with you to the first class. 4880 Lawrenceville Hwy, Ste 12, Tucker. If you’re not part of Silver Sneakers, you can still check out the class for one free visit. Call 404-913-0237 for more information about Lay It Down Fitness.

We Play Tai Chi

From the World Tai Chi and QiGong Day newsletter by Bill Douglas

Yin space is playful …

Bruce Lee once wrote, “Learn everything you can about your art … then spend the rest of your life trying to forget what you learned.”

What did he mean by that?

When we learn our Tai Chi moves we are “holding” memory of positions, foot placement, posture, when to breathe in/out, etc.

But in time, with practice, our Tai Chi moves become us … or we become our Tai Chi moves … and we spend the rest of our lives trying to let our mind “relax out of the way” so that the energy, the power, can flow through and expand through us so that we can become more and larger than before.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
— Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching

As we practice our Tai Chi over and over and over … the Tai Chi become us … we become the flowing Tai Chi as we let go and relax out of the way … and a greatness has space to expand through us. We become larger, unbound, and unrestricted from formulas definitions.

We become adventurers in this life, not here to endure or kowtow to what we are told is possible … but rather to breathe deep droughts of breath … to open to the unfolding possibility that this world … this miraculous world … has to offer us.

“I don’t flow the energy, the energy flows me.”
— Master William C.C. Chen

Microcosmic View of Our Whole Life Experience …

When we are born and very young, we are immersed in Yin consciousness … we have no words … no definitions … no categorization of what we perceive … we rather “behold the world” rather than “understanding the world.” WE LIVE IN A YIN CONSCIOUSNESS-the feminine-receptive.

THEN AS WE AGE, we begin to learn how to define the world, to name the things in the world. We learn how to navigate the linear YANG Consciousness world, the masculine-dynamic.

“Know the masculine, but keep to the feminine.”
— Lao Tzu, Tao te Ching

Tai Chi & Qigong are called “a return to child-likeness” by some Chinese Tai Chi masters.

It can help us find our way back to the garden of wonder that we lost somewhere along the road to adulthood. When Chinese people do Tai Chi, they don’t say “I’m going to work out,” they say, “I am going to play Tai Chi,” or “I am going to play Qigong.”

This changes our entire Tai Chi and Qigong experience … to remember this often … when we do our Tai Chi or Qigong. It changes the brain waves and how our mind works, and how our body holds itself, or lets go of itself. It changes EVERYTHING.

Thanks, Bill, for the wisdom of play!

Back pain causes and help

Back pain comes from many different sources and we all suffer from it, from upper back tension, to the pulled-something pain of the lower and middle back. There’s a saying in Chinese Medicine, “Trying to get healthy after you are sick is like digging a well when you are dying of thirst.” Here are a few things we can do to help our backs to prevent the pain.

My husband asked me once why I exercise every day. I told him some people take pills for the pain, I’d rather spend 10 minutes on the floor exercising and not have to take pills or go to the doctor every few months. Plus, it gives me a few moments to get close to my dog, have a little fun with him, give him some attention that he craves. Nothing like stretching and loving at the same time 🙂

Exercise is obviously important, and the right kind of exercise will ease the pain, building up the support we need to prevent future pain. This site has a great list and videos of various moves, I do a variation of many of these most every day to prevent sciatic pain, which I developed back in the early ’90’s.

From a young age we are taught to sit up straight, but is this always good advice when it means pushing out our chest and feeling uncomfortable? I mean, if that felt comfortable, we’d always sit that way, right? This Ted talk video (also shown below) shows us a different and more comfortable way to sit.

Reasons to do Tai Chi

49 Reasons to do Tai Chi as compiled by the Tai Chi guy Larry Costner

​1. It’s enjoyable — exercise that feels good while you’re doing it
2. It’s meditation in motion — you don’t have to sit still
3. Helps alleviate stress
4. Reduces anxiety
5. Helps fight depression
6. Increases awareness and focus and concentration
7. You can do it with friends
8. You can do it alone
9. It leaves you feeling relaxed and refreshed
10. It leaves you feeling energized
11. No special clothing needed
12. Graceful, flowing movements
13. No huffing and puffing, but it burns calories
14. Aerobic benefits without the huffing and puffing
15. Gentle and low-impact
16. Works your whole body from head to toe
17. Cultivates and balances your qi
18. Improves your balance
19. Improves coordination
20. Improves flexibility
21. Improves your posture
22. Lubricates your joints, which helps keep them youthful
23. It’s good for arthritis
24. Strengthens legs and the core of the body
25. Helps build strong bones (’cause it’s a weight-bearing exercise)
26. Lowers the risk of osteoporosis
27. Eases headaches
28. Helpful for chronic pain
29. Slow, mindful movements — teaches you to slow down and be in the moment
30. Relaxes tight muscles and helps keep them relaxed
31. Gives your brain a workout (’cause you gotta learn and remember all those moves)
32. May help keep memory sharp and ward off Alzheimer’s
33. Gives your immune system a boost
34. Lowers blood pressure
35. Reduces bad cholesterol levels
36. Raises good cholesterol levels
37. It’s a different way to exercise — not like other workouts
38. Experts recommend it for fibromyalgia
39. Experts recommend it for back pain
40. Experts recommend it for Parkinson’s disease
41. Eases insomnia and helps you sleep better
42. Reduces the risk of falls as you get older
43. Doesn’t require special equipment
44. You can do it almost anywhere
45. Suitable for all fitness levels from couch potatoes to uber-athletes
46. Can be modified for most health conditions and injuries
47. You can practice at any age — young, old or anywhere in between
48. It looks graceful and soothing — and it is.
49. It’s fun!

World Tai Chi Day 2018 was a rousing Success!

Attendance at Mountain Park Park celebration of World Tai Chi Day 2018 in Lilburn doubled in size from last year, with teachers of Wudang, Yang and Chen styles leading the group in their forms. Plus a student of a Korean style of Tai Chi showed her moves.

Here’s the official, if somewhat amateur, video production and some photos of the event. Thanks to Diana Dice and Paula Sandlin and Lucy Ronkfor joining in the fun of leading the group! And especial gratitude to my husband Bernie for manning both video and still cameras. If you have any photos you’d like to share, please send them to me.

Below are a few of my favorite shots. If these are not enough for you, check out this gallery!

Diana Dice

Diana Dice

Jan doing the Wudang 49 form sword set

Jan doing the Wudang 49 form sword set

Jan doing the Wudang 49 form sword set

Paula Sandlin

Paula Sandlin

Lucy Ronk

Lucy Ronk

World Tai Chi Day is almost here!

World Tai Chi Day is celebrated around the world at 10am local time.

Locally, Jan Stittleburg and Diana Dice, Tai Chi instructors, will be hosting the event at Mountain Park Park, 5050 Five Forks-Trickum Road, Lilburn 30047, at 10AM on Saturday April 28th. This will be the third year for this event in Lilburn. Last year about 20 people came to practice Tai Chi, lead by Jan and Diana. This year we are inviting all Tai Chi practitioners to come join us. Other teachers will have the opportunity to show and lead their style to the group as well. There is no cost to join us, just wear something comfortable and weather appropriate, and bring water to drink. We will be meeting on the Pounds Road side of the tennis courts, by the small child playground.

Come join the fun, even if you don’t know what Tai Chi really is. This a great opportunity to meet some members of the community and practice together, or just get an idea of what Tai Chi is.