Tai Chi Cape Breton Newsletter

What has been happening:

Hello Fall and all the possibilities for Tai Chi coming to class September 1st! We are growing and expanding and Tai Chi is picking up momentum. We have added more class times and days to the schedule this fall. As well, there is an Instructor Training class beginning in Belle Cote to share the knowledge, and a special instructor training for the seated form in November. Please check out all the possibilities with your membership, and consider adding a class or two to your week.

If you did not take the Sabre workshop in April, there will be classes running as well as a workshop in November to get you included. You will need to practice on your own to learn the set, but join us for advancing the techniques of rotation and hip and shoulder opening through the movements of the set. Our Loh Kup workshop in April gave us an introduction to Loh Kup, but starting Sept 1st, we will be adding the set into some locations for further advancement. Loh Kup works deeper into the body to link up tissues and patterns on a much deeper level than the Tai Chi set has provided so far. This set must be practiced to perfect, so consider adding it to your regular regime at home too! We will workshop the movements deeper in November as well. If you have been absent over the summer as you enjoy the great outdoors with family and friends, we look forward to seeing you back and joining us for some great fun in the near future. And, bring a friend and help share the health benefits of being a Tai Chi'er.

We have a NEW price!! Master Moy insisted that Tai Chi be available to all and that the cost to participate be as little as possible. We have grown and expanded so much over the last 6 years that we have been able to streamline the cost. All memberships will now be $45 for 4 months, and will cycle through September to December, January to April and May to August. Our fees collected continue to support our communities by providing facility donations to each location above the support of the Inverness County Recreation. Thank you to all the members who have supported and maintained their memberships even while away - your dedication has meant a lot to each community!

Coming Up!

Tai Chi Celebration Week - November 10th - 19th. Please consider joining us throughout the 10 days as we welcome the skills and expertise of Yvonne Waines from Wine Country Tai Chi in West Kelowna, BC. Yvonne will be sharing her skills in Tai Chi, Sabre and Loh Kup to take us further with our understanding of the form. She will also be sharing her specialized skills in the Seated Form, working with movement challenges, and a seated form of Sabre. We are extremely lucky to be gaining the knowledge of her experience with the seated form, and we will be able to pass this forward in our own Tai Chi practices.

What would Master Moy recommend as the best exercise to assist with a challenge?

Master Moy had a very quiet and contemplative way of working with his students. He did not say much, would show a move, and expect repetition and dedication to a move to allow the changes to happen. He knew that most people would want an immediate result from their efforts, and they would want it to be with as little effort as possible. But, Tai Chi is about patience, time and perseverance. The set is intricate. It is beautiful. It is demanding. On one level you can learn the moves, and on a second level you can make them flow. But, Tai Chi really begins to make lasting changes in the body when you play with the moves, when you explore the movement possibilities, when you spend time with the moves. And, it is at this moment that one finds the true meaning of Tai Chi. Being in a class sets up an expectation for the student to be there in class, and to participate as needed. This begins the process, but it does not extend the learning. The learning happens when the moves are explored at home. Mistakes are necessary. Repetition is important. Patience with memory and moving is a result of time. And, of course, the learning begins when the time is put in. This can sound daunting...but, it really isn't. It is about being true to yourself and your need of movement to keep the body, mind and spirit healthy. And, Tai Chi can deliver that when we provide the impetus for improvement and change. Where should you start? You can do a foundation exercise, you can do a pattern or sequence of movements from the set, and you can do a Don Yu! Yes, the Don Yu! Our best friend. It is through the repetitive movement of the falling and pushing that sets up so many pattern changes and tissue changes in the body. Start in a chair and let the hands lead the movement to begin massaging the internal organs. Add the fall into the feet and the push off to coordinate the effort of the whole body through the legs, body and arms. Add, the standing and sitting action to bring a coordination of movement, flexibility and strength, and lastly, stay standing to develop a strength like no other. The shoulders and the hips will begin to open, the back will relax and expand through the spine, the organs will move and become free within their space, the tissue will coordinate, lengthen, expand, and the muscles will gain strength. If you are not sure where to start, do a Don Yu, and then maybe another. It won't be long before the Don Yu is your best friend, and the results are like nothing you imagined.

CLASS SCHEDULE

MONDAY

Belle Cote Community Hall

TAI CHI (Standing and Sitting Form)

10:00 - 11:15 AM

SABRE SET

11:15 - 11:30 AM

LOH KUP SET 1

11:30 - 12:00 PM

INSTRUCTOR TRAINING (BEGINNERS)

12:00 - 12:30 PM

TUESDAY

Judiqe Community Hall

TAI CHI (Standing and Sitting Form)

7:00 - 8:00 PM

SABRE SET

8:00 - 8:20 PM

LOH KUP SET 1

8:20 - 8:45 PM

WEDNESDAY (Sept & Oct)

Introductory Sessions in Richmond County Louisedale Lion's Club

INTRO TO TAI CHI

9:00 - 11:00 AM (Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5)

(Preregistration required with Richmond County Registration)

THURSDAY

St. Joseph's Renewal Center Mabou

TAI CHI (Standing and Sitting Form)

7:00 - 8:00 PM

SABRE SET

8:00 - 8:30 PM

FRIDAY

Belle Cote Community Hall

TAI CHI (Practice Session)

11:15 - 12:15 PM

SATURDAY

Port Hawkesbury Civic Center Dance Studio

TAI CHI PRACTICE

12:00 - 12:30 PM

TAI CHI (Standing and Sitting Form)

12:30 - 1:30 PM

SABRE SET

1:30 - 2:00 PM

LOH KUP SET 1

2:00 - 2:30 PM

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