|Sent on:||Wednesday, December 12, 2012 4:30 PM|
Tai Chi Times
(The Newsletter of The Tai Chi School of Westchester, est. 1978)
Always evolving • Always interactive • Always individualized instruction
(914)[masked] • 101 Pondfield Road West, Bronxville, New York 10708
In this edition:
Free Tai Chi Catch-up Class!
Chinese New Year’s Party
Next Edition, two new sections:
“Ask Sifu Domingo Colon”
“Tai Chi Etiquette.”
Free Tai Chi Catch-up Class
Would you like to resume your Tai Chi classes but feel that you need a refresher before coming back to class?
Get back into your Tai Chi training by taking these free “reminder” classes.
For the month of January I will be running “Free Form Review Classes” Fridays at 6:30 PM.
In these classes you will be following while I take you through the Short Form several times in a row. I won’t be giving verbal instructions; instead you will simply be following me through the Form. This will give you a chance to visually pick up on details you may have forgotten and be able to easily recover the entire Form.
We will go through the entire Short Form six times in a row. You’ll be surprised at how much you actually remember and how much you can pick up by just following me and by watching me during the Form.
This is a great opportunity to get back into enjoying Tai Chi and realizing the fantastic benefits that first drew you into Tai Chi.
Call now and leave your name and telephone number to reserve your place in this special class as space is limited to the first 10 people who register.
I look forward to working with you in the coming year and helping you to live a more peaceful and healthier life.
Winter Recess and Your Practice During This Time:
School is on holiday from December 13, 2012 through January 2, 2013. Classes resume on Friday January 4, 2013.
Virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman was asked by a tourist in New York how one gets to Carnegie Hall. Maestro Perlman answered in a moment of old-joke humor, “Practice, practice, practice.” (I hope he also gave directions!) He has also said, “Whenever a student asks me for my autograph, I don’t say, ‘Best wishes.’ I say, ‘Practice slowly!’” Unlike playing the violin, where there is really only one correct location on each string for your finger to hit the right note vibrationally, Tai Chi is more individualized.
You make Tai Chi your own by your practice.
Yes, Tai Chi principals are universal to the art, just as with music. And just as with the violin there are many ways to make Tai Chi sing, but to get to higher levels of your own satisfaction, health, well being, mastery, comfort and relaxation, you should practice in a way meaningful to you. Perform your Tai Chi as if you were playing your favorite internal music. After all, what is more instrumental to you than the container holding your spirit, happiness, soul and your very being than your body? This is not about narcissism or vanity; rather, it is about the fulfillment of your heart’s desires, whatever they may be.
Practice not for the perfection of the movement but for the relaxation of your humors – all of them … the liquids of your body are the liquid of life. This is the real beauty of the Tai Chi: what it brings to you and what you bring to it. Notice “the Tai Chi,” because it takes on a being of its own, and that being is you. So as the winter recess is upon us, and, I hope, with many celebrations for each of you, take this opportunity to “do” your Tai Chi, not just “practice” it. This is a time to experience what you have learned, to reinforce your feeling for the year’s work.
Don’t be so concerned during this time as to whether the hand is perfectly here or the foot perfectly there. Feel the chi flow to and back again. Maintain your posture and your muscle tone (Tai Chi, after all, is not flaccid). Feel the rooting, turn from your Tan Tien. Eat, drink and live in moderation and awareness. Bring the Tai Chi into your life and your New Year will be even more satisfying. Share what you have learned with others by leading them through the Wu Chi form after a big meal. Lead by example (no inculcation necessary) and enjoy the feeling Tai Chi brings to your body. Tai Chi is a different kind of chi chi attitude. Adopt it! I wish you happy holidays and with universal prayers for a more peaceful year.
Thank you to all who graciously took your time to answer our survey. I trust by now you have received your free class/seminar pass. If not, please write to the survey email address or let me know and I will contact the survey company.
I received wonderful and often loving, humbling feedback, including the part I value the most (believe it or not) ... your criticisms and suggestions. I understand some of you might not approach a teacher directly (I often wouldn’t have), but I’m grateful to have learned of your thoughts in this way.
This was our first Internet survey and, based upon your responses, it appears to have been a good way to learn your views. I’ll also be making available some printed surveys available at the School in case you prefer to answer on paper or by fax [914-239-4809].
The results were aggregated and answers are still coming in, so please feel free to respond or update any present response. I have instructed the survey company to continue to issue passes as long as people are willing to respond.
Watch for our Winter and Spring calendar, and save the date of Saturday, February 2, 2013, when we host our FREE 35 Annual Chinese New Year’s Party for the Year of the Sssnake, starting at 7:00 p.m., celebrating and expressing appreciation for our School, our colleagues, teachers and students, our friends, neighbors and community. Food, drink, some demonstrations and (sometimes humorous) awards and prizes, all free – just show up and bring an appetite.