It is worth sharing the take-away from today's mirroring exercise. Today we split into pairs and practiced "parting the mane" with a partner as a mirror. We all tried to move at the same pace, coordinating with the speed and ability of the slower partner. Because each person was concerned about the other person, we got a chance to stop thinking about ourselves for a second; and, in doing so, took the pressure off. Ironically, the person who was "waiting" for the other, actually held back the part of us that often gets in the way. We have a hard time slowing down ourselves, but an easier time waiting for another to pace along with us. As a result, both partners found a relative balance and that was absolutely awesome. Almost universally, each person's form and style improved and we came away feeling rather refreshed. In waiting for another, your practice took a step forward; and for those being waited upon, you learned getting it right was more important than speeding it up. Now, that's the kind of progress I like to write about! Nice work, folks.
Today, twelve souls braved the wind and early spring sunshine to hold our first academy-wide outdoor practice. The most impressive aspect about today's practice was our attention to synchronizing the group pace. It was an impressive morning. Congratulations!
This is some great news, folks. We've been approved to hold summer classes at Heuvelton's Boat Launch. This is a wonderful tree lined green space by the Oswegatchie River with a fantastic spot for group practice. With a view of the village in the background, this lawn should bring summer breezes and healthy restorative Chi.
Special thanks go out to the Heuvelton Board, Mayor Lashua, and students Joyce Bickle and Heather Dodds, who helped make this practice a reality.
Can you believe it? Our Celebratory Spring Party is finally upon us! Bringing together the three classes should produce some truly awesome chi.
I'm really happy to gather together as an academy and for you to meet the rest of your Tai Chi schoolmates. Please bring your best party smile and get ready for some Tai Chi practice and fellowship out in the sunshine!
We've been invited to hold a free summer Tai Chi series on the Main Village Park in Canton. Two entirely new beginner classes will be added to the schedule for Tuesdays from Noon-1 and 7-Sunset. These classes will be free of charge for a full 12 weeks, with no commitment whatsoever. We will cover an introduction to the dynamics of Tai Chi movement and it doesn't matter when you start or how often you attend. Come by the park and play Tai Chi with us.
For continuing students, feel free to drop by and welcome the folks trying it out. These classes will serve as a wonderful refresher to what you've worked on this year! It's a great way to reinforce the fundamentals and cultivate deeper relaxation.
This is going to be truly fun. Can't wait to see you outside!
Today we used our Saturday practice to compare the opening movement of the 24 and 48 form. We focused on a dynamic that can be used to propel us forward or rewind us back in space. Through the comparison, we were able to appreciate some of the more subtle aspects hidden within a Tai Chi form. Form is emptiness; emptiness is form.
Congratulations are due to the entire academy. The work you put in over the winter is really starting to pay dividends and increased grace and coordination are now starting to bud in your foundational movement. Who knew balance was this much fun. Kudos!
Today's saturday make-up class was the first time students of all three classes could practice together. It was an extremely special moment for our academy and for a philosophy about becoming balanced individuals in an interdependent community. How about that for neat harmonics?