Welcome to the Tai Chi for Seniors Newsletter: Nov - Dec - 2009
Our Tai Chi for Health E-Mail Newsletter keeps students of Mark Johnson and Tai Chi for Health & Tai Chi for Seniors informed of the latest research and information on the many benefits of practicing Tai Chi and Qigong. Subscribers are also the first to learn of workshops, events and special travel opportunities sponsored by Tai Chi for Health Institute.
Hi again, Tai Chi fans and those wanting to know more about how Tai Chi and Chinese healing methods can effect various aspects of your health.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Since we are now in the Fall season, here are a few good tips on how to best harmonize with the energies of Autumn and prepare for the coming Winter.
Autumn is the season when the dark cycle begins. The days are getting shorter. It is the time of transition between summer’s activities and winter’s stillness. It is the time of harvest and to reap what one has sown during Spring and Summer. It is also the time to focus within, set things in order and prepare for the winter to come.
Autumn is also considered the time of ”Metal” energy or the energy of constriction and reformation. Do your Tai Chi facing the West. Do the warmups that emphasize staying loose and stretching, as they help compensate for the tendency to constrict.
After completing projects started in the Spring and Summer, it is time for putting your affairs in order and for more self reflection and home-oriented activities. Try slowing down your Tai Chi until Winter sets in to be more in harmony with the season. Then you should speed it up to keep warm!
Autumn brings inspirational ideas, group activities and an increasing awareness of inner processes. It is the overall time to prepare for the long, quiet Winter ahead.
If you do the above, I guarantee you you will strengthen your immune system for the coming winter and you will have fewer colds and winter related illnesses. And speaking of winter, I can't think of a better way to enjoy winter than by curling up in a relaxing spot and reading my new book: "LIFE IS DIVINE PLAY." It is hilarious and profound... what better way to enjoy winter. To order, go to: www.lifeisdivineplay.com and check out all the beautiful pictures while you are there.
Another good wintertime activity is planning for rich and fulfilling experiences in the months ahead. 2010 may be the year for a trip you have always dreamed of. I invite you to join me and my tour-co-leader, Rebecca Kali, on our "Journey to Shangri-La" next spring, May 7 to 23. This is a tour that we personally lead, so you have the double benefit of daily Tai Chi and Qigong and an incredible itinerary.
Our Journey to Shangri-La 2010 will visit Shangri-La – Beijing – Lijiang – Chengdu – Lhasa and Nam-Tso Lake in Tibet. Our tours are rich, fulfilling and safe, life expanding journeys that will broaden your vision of the world. Experience some of the most spiritual sites in the world at a deep and meaningful level. A friendly relaxed atmosphere and personalized care are hallmarks of our tours.
Please visit www.QigongChinaTrip.com to learn more about our Journey to Shangri-La. Then give us a call at 1-800-341-8895 if you are interested or want more details about traveling in China and Tibet or the day by day schedule. Mention this Tai Chi for Health Newsletter to receive a $100 per person discount on trip registration if you register before Dec. 31, 2009.
In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy this beautiful season! Till next time...
With Love and Light,