Monday, April 28, 2008

NEW SPRING-SUMMER CLASSES


Interested in learning about tai chi? Great River's spring beginners' class on Sunday evenings from 6–7 pm, will accept new students until May 4th. Learn the basics of this fascinating Chinese art! Improve your health--balance, breathing, relaxation. (No class Memorial Day weekend.)
Summer classes will start Sunday, June 1st, with a free introductory talk "Tai Chi" at 7 pm. A new 10-week Beginners' class will start the following week, Sunday, June 8th, 7–8 p.m. (No class July 4th weekend.)
Great River classes are held at the Jawaahir Dance Studios at 1940 Hennepin (at Franklin), above Burch's Pharmacy. For more information, call us at 612-822-5760, or see our main website.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

World Tai Chi Day 2008---Twin Cities

Celebrate World Tai Chi Day at Normandale Community College on Saturday, April 26th, 2008, from 9–1.
The day's events, which are free and open to the public, start with a welcoming speeches, Lion Dance, group practice and demonstrations, Spring Forest Qigong, and is followed by one-hour sessions on topics such as acupressure, fengshui, alternative medicine, I Ching, tai chi for arthritis, and many other interesting topics. The event closes with more tai chi practice opportunities and closing ceremonies. (Click on the Normandale link above for the schedule.)
Along with other groups,Great River T'ai Chi Ch'uan will be demonstrating T'ai Chi, and director Barbara Davis will give a talk on the I Ching (Yijing), the Chinese Book of Changes. Also, come visit Taijiquan Journal's booth, where you'll be able to purchase back issues, books, and other items, including "I Love Tai Chi" bumperstickers.
Normandale College is located at 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, Minnesota. (952) 487-8200. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Practice Tips

Spring is a good time to reflect on the ways in which energy moves. As you practice, use the trees and other plants around you as a model of the whole-body energy dynamic of ch'i. The ch'i moves up and down from the root, moving the sap and fluids and nutrients from the air and soil, that then spread through the branches and into the buds. These processes slow down in the winter, but as the sun lingers longer and the temperature rises, the ch'i moves more—a time of growth!