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Maiden Post

Hello everyone,   this is my maiden post for this new blog.  What's it supposed to be or do?   I hope that we engage on some of the applied lessons of t'ai chi -- find examples and stories from our daily lives where t'ai chi can come in handy.  I will try to catch them in my web-mind to save for posting, or keep my ears peeled for others' stories and welcome you to do the same.

I'll also post my weekly class schedule.

 The week of December 17, 2018

This week's classes are cancelled. (The teacher is out of town) 
CLASSES RESUME THE WEEK OF JAN 13TH.  Looking forward to seeing you soon!

WED, JAN 16, next class where:  Union Dance, 725 Union St.  (buzzer 5)
The studio is in the lower floor, which you'll find at the end of the long entry hallway.  At the end, take  a slight jog to the right and follow the corridor down the flight of stairs.  
              
Thursday, JAN 17   at Spoke the Hub is on, 11:15,  but come for 11. See below for details
where: Spoke the Hub, 748 Union Street.  The main floor studio.   

Come at 11  for a cup of fresh brewed tea!   Class begins at 11:15

also, please remember to bring your class card!  We will be trying to process as many payments and card punchings before class as possible.  this will allow a relaxed end-of-class and maybe a chance to sneak in a bit of review if needed.   Thanks!

NOTE:  Christmas week, Wednesday is cancelled but  Thursday morning's class will be meeting in a private living room.   It will be tight quarters,  so apologies in advance., but this little gathering for regular class m  

              nb:  I will be away the following two weeks, Jan 3rd and Jan 10.  Don't worry.  We'll figure out a way for you to keep working on the form!

             

















 



  




Please note...Friday classes will be cancelled for the foreseeable future 

where:  spoke the Hub, 748 Union Street
              By train, the R to Union or the 2,3 to Grand Army Plaza

Hope to see you soon!  



Just posted a new entry on this blog,  "Ruminations on Posture"  Check it out!




Check out this addition  (a link to an article put out by the Harvard Gazette)  A memorable quote in this piece by a student of t'ai chi -- 

"in class, we move hands like clouds and when we leave class, we walk on clouds" 

In a nutshell, the piece summarizes a recent study reported on this past April, about the benefits of t'ai chi in improving balance and alleviating arthritic pain.  This is a finding that has been reported on repeatedly, but it never hurts to remind ourselves.  I believe that balance is perhaps the most striking and confirmable benefits of regular t'ai chi practice.  

Re back pain:  
A report that came out earlier in the year --  The scientific community seldom recognizes t'ai chi among the mindfulness techniques.

Anyway,  there was an exception recently.   The American College of Physicians published last spring a new study re back pain.   Basically, it states  that someone suffering pain should not "medicalize" the problem -- in other words, don't go the route of X-rays, MRIs and def not opioids.  But DO go the non-medical route.

to quote:  For patients with chronic low back pain,  the American College of Physicians recommends that physicians and patients initially select non-drug therapy with exercise, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction, tai chi...

It was so nice for we t'ai chi students and teachers to have this amazing and effective movement- art recognized.

Jing (tranquility),

Susan






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