Embracing the Yin Season of Winter

Embracing the Yin Season of Winter

Winter is a time of year when energy is reclaimed—turning inward rather than expending energy outward. In Chinese medicine and qigong we follow the seasons. We are microcosms [human beings] of the macrocosm [Mother Nature]. That being said, we also require stillness...
Expand into Stillness

Expand into Stillness

I have rewritten this article a few times, mostly because my energy has been really up and down. Which at times, has me second guessing myself. Please know that I am learning right by your side about all the concepts I share. I am far from a master at any of them, I...
Creating a Joyful Summer

Creating a Joyful Summer

Does the title entice you, and bring out your curiosity? I hope so…thought I would share the elements of summer and how we can create joy in the season. FIRE ELEMENT On the 21st of June, we had the summer solstice here in the northern hemisphere. Creating the longest...
Live Life with the 70% Rule

Live Life with the 70% Rule

In the practice of Qigong / T’ai Chi, I remind students to use the 70% rule. Seventy-percent extension when extending their arms, 70% when stretching, when moving their legs into bow-stance [70% front leg, 30% back leg], a 70% effort. My Sifu explains that T’ai Chi is...
Giving in December

Giving in December

The holidays mean different things to each of us. I believe our desires change each year as we ripen on the vine of life and we learn from our own experiences. We all know nothing is constant except change. This giving season extends most of us, out of our 70% range....

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