Upcoming Taiji Class

Program:  Taiji – Sun style (short form)

Is an expression of beauty in its simplicity of movements and is renowned for its “Qi” development. Characterized by agile steps and flowing movements, this short-form is ideally suited for beginners and yet challenging enough for intermediate players.

Developed by Dr. Paul Lam of Australia in conjunction with a team of Taiji and medical experts, this short-form has gained immense popularity throughout the world, particularly amongst people with Arthritis and is supported by Arthritis foundations worldwide.

Scientific study has shown that this program is effective in relieving the pain and stiffness associated with Arthritis and as a result can improve your quality of life.

Additionally, it is an ideal introduction to the Sun Style Taiji. For those of you who have done this form in the past, this is an excellent opportunity to revisit and fine-tune the movements and to deepen your awareness and understanding of this art form.


SPRING SESSION

Dates: Sundays from April 15 – June 24, 2012
Time: 10 – 11:15 am
Cost: $80 for 10 classes
Registration is: Open
Course #: 219752
Verify Space Availability: online at City Of Richmond – Program Registration
Register: Contact the City of Richmond Call Center at 604.276.4300 Register early to guarantee yourself a space.
Questions? Contact Anthony.



Venue: Terra Nova Rural Park/Barn, 2631 Westminster Hwy. Richmond, BC [map]

Taiji at the Red Barn

Experience the serenity of learning and practicing Taiji (Tai Chi) at the Terra Nova Rural Park Barn, with an indoor area and a beautifully paved courtyard surrounded by gardens. This setting creates an ambiance that completely supports your wellness program and provides the option of practicing outdoors on bright sunny days and indoors on others.

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Upcoming Reconnective Healing Seminar

November 12 – 13, 2011
Vancouver ~ Canada

  • Level I/II seminar:   Reconnective Healing
  • Presented by:   Christine Upchurch
  • Venue & Hotel:   Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre ~ 711 West Broadway ~ Vancouver ~ BC ~ V5Z 3Y2 ~ Canada ~ +1 604 879 0511
    Special Hotel Rate $102.00 + tax per night. $15 for additional person in room.
    Cut off date is: October 24th, 2011

To register visit:   www.thereconnection.com

 

November 14 – 15, 2011
Vancouver ~ Canada

  • Level III seminar:   The Reconnection
  • Presented by:   The Reconnection Teaching Team
  • Venue & Hotel:   Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre ~ 711 West Broadway ~ Vancouver ~ BC ~ V5Z 3Y2 ~ Canada ~ +1 604 879 0511
    Special Hotel Rate $102.00 + tax per night. $15 for additional person in room.
    Cut off date is:   October 24th, 2011

To register visit:   www.thereconnection.com

 

Upcoming Taiji Class – Fall 2011

Program:          Taiji – Sun style (short form)

Is an expression of beauty in its simplicity of movements and is renowned for its “Qi” development. Characterized by agile steps and flowing movements, this short-form is ideally suited for beginners and yet challenging enough for intermediate players.

Developed by Dr. Paul Lam of Australia in conjunction with a team of Taiji and medical experts, this short-form has gained immense popularity throughout the world, particularly amongst people with Arthritis and is supported by Arthritis foundations worldwide.

Scientific study has shown that this program is effective in relieving the pain and stiffness associated with Arthritis and as a result can improve your quality of life.

Additionally, it is an ideal introduction to the Sun Style Taiji. For those of you who have done this form in the past, this is an excellent opportunity to revisit and fine-tune the movements and to deepen your awareness and understanding of this art form.

Venue:                 Terra Nova Rural Park/Barn         2631 Westminster Hwy.   Richmond,   BC

Experience the serenity of learning and practicing Taiji (Tai Chi) at the Terra Nova Rural Park Barn, with an indoor area and a beautifully paved courtyard surrounded by gardens. This setting creates an ambience that completely supports your wellness program and provides the option of practicing outdoors on bright sunny days and indoors on others.

Dates:

September 18th – November 27th

Day & Time:

Sunday(s)      10:00 am – 11:15 am

Cost:

$80.00 for 10 classes       (1.25hr/class)

Registration:

Registration begins on Wednesday 10th August

How to Register:

You can register online at the following address: – “City Of Richmond – Program Registration”, or through the “Call Center” at 604.276.4300

Course #:      170990

Mark your Calendars – Register early to guarantee yourself a space.

Contact:

Anthony Lee Hem | 604.272.5148 | info@unifiedfields.ca

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Meridian Diagnosis

The meridians are pathways of electromagnetic energy and are not part of any of the body’s systems. Interestingly enough, western science and medicine were unaware of their existence until very recently, although they have been widely known and used in the Orient for the past five or six thousand years. Meridians occur universally in nature, For example, the lines on a leaf show the presence of meridians, as do the ridges of a cactus and the earth itself contains a network of energy lines. The human body has 12 major pairs of meridians.

The meridians are created as a result of the electromagnetic charge existing between heaven and earth. The Universe, or heaven, generates a centripetal force which enters the body through the hair spiral, while the expanding force produced by the earth’s rotation enters through the genitals. After entering through the hair spirals, heaven’s force charges the midbrain. This charge is distributed to the cells of the brain and results in the formation of images and thoughts. Proceeding downwards, it charges the area deep inside the mouth and results in the creation of the uvula. It also charges the root of the tongue and passing downwards charges and vitalizes the vocal cords and thyroid and parathyroid glands. Proceeding further, it charges the heart and surrounding area, resulting in the continual expansion and contraction of this organ, as well as the movements of breathing. The stomach is the next major region to be activated by heaven’s force and from there energy is distributed to the liver, spleen, gall bladder, pancreas and kidneys, stimulating their respective functions.

Heaven’s force then charges the region deep inside the small intestine, known in the Orient as hara. This creates the rhythmic movements of both the small and large intestine, as well as the absorption of digested foodstuff by the villi and the secretion of intestinal juice. Heaven’s force exits from the body in the region of the sexual organs. In men, it creates here a second uvula-like organ known as the penis.

Of course, women also receive heaven’s force, but this energy is superseded in the lower region of the body by earth’s expanding force. As a result, women do not have a large “uvula” in the lower part of the body as men do, but instead have a smaller one known as the clitoris. At the same time earths upward –moving force creates the vagina and uterus, which are formed in an inward, upward direction in comparison to the male sexual organs. Earth’s force continues upward to the hara region, where it collides with heaven’s descending force, creating spirals known as the ovaries. Both forces collide again at the region of the heart and the spirals created here are the breasts.

To summarize, women are charged more by earth’s centrifugal, yin, expanding force; while men are influenced more by heaven’s centripetal, yang, contracting force. This fundamental difference formed the basis of the traditional association of women with the earth and men with heaven.

Naturally, different mental, physical and emotional tendencies arise out of these basic constitutional differences. Viewed from this perspective, we see that sex is simply the attraction of these two complemental forces to merge and create harmony.

The meridians are the supplemental channels which radiate outward from the main heaven-earth channel. A similar phenomenon occurs in apples, apricots and other fruits, as well as vegetables like squash and pumkins. The ridges on the surface of a pumkin outline the path of its meridians, or surface channels of electro-magnetic current, while the main heaven-earth channel can be seen in the core.

In the human body, meridians channel electromagnetic current to and from each of the body’s organs.

Excerpt from : “Natural Healing through Macrobiotics”, by Michio Kushi

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There Are No Secrets

Today, I re-discovered the essential principles of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan). I happened to pick up one of the (my) most influential books on this ancient Art – “There are No Secrets”, written by a student of one of the most famous, unique master of Taiji, Professor Cheng Man-Ching.

I opened the book randomly and the 1st thing that I read was, “Relaxation is the cardinal principle of Tai Chi Chuan”. As I read, it was as though this was just what I needed, as I felt myself spontaneously drawn to it’s wisdom.

I feel compelled to share this with you:

Relaxation is the cardinal principle of Tai Chi Chuan. Next in importance are Professor Cheng’s Three Treasures. “Follow the Three Treasures”, he said and you don’t have to worry about your practice being true.

First is the point on the top of the head, corresponding to the soft spot on a baby’s skull. “You should imagine”, Professor said, “that you are suspended from heaven by a string connected to the point in the center of the skull”. Another image he used was to imagine “one’s head pressing upward toward the ceiling”.

He once said you could practice for 30 years but if you did not pay attention to the top of the head suspended from heaven, your practice would be wasted.

The importance of this first “treasure” has to do with the spine. If the head is completely upright, “suspended from heaven”, the spine will be completely erect, with no jamming of the vertebrae. In Taoist physiology, the spine is “ the Pillar of Heaven”, with nerves and internal organs connected to it. Misalignment and compression of the spine are responsible for countless ills.

“If the pillar of heaven collapses”, said Professor, “what hope can there be for a person’s health?”

It is the spine’s absolute straightness – a loose rather than rigid straightness – which allows the ch’i to flow up the spine to the top of the head. This movement of the ch’i is part of the final, transcendent stage of Tai Chi development, described as “enlightment”.

The second Treasure is the “Bubbling Well” of “Rushing Spring”, a point in the middle of the foot, slightly behind the ball. The Tai Chi practitioner should conceive of his weight dropping into the ground through the Bubbling Well, rather than any other point on the foot. It is called the Bubbling Well because after a period of diligent practice, a practitioner begins to experience the internal energy bubbling up from the ground through that point in the foot.

Understanding the Bubbling well leads to what Professor called “one’s unity with the ground”. The power in Tai Chi is an expression of the body’s entire energy unified with and flowing from the earth. Though the energy is soft – only softness can develop the unity – it has the power of mass intergration, like the individual droplets of water in a tidal wave.

The third and most important of all of Professor’s Three Treasures is that which directly bears on the development of the ch’i. Professor said that if one practiced the gung fu of this third treasure, one would not need to practice any of the rest of the discipline.

This most important point is the tan tien (dantian), “the field of the elixir”. It is a point approximately an inch below the navel, 3/7 of the way from back to front. It is where the ch’i is gathered and nutured, until it eventually overflows into the body and bones: the body filling with “spirit” ch’i, becoming relatively impervious to blows and many illnesses, the bones becoming “hard as steel” rather than the brittleness that comes with aging. Finally, the ch’i travels up the spine to the brain, where it comes down as “the golden rain”, enlightenment.

To nurture the third treasure one must, in Professor’s phrase, “Keep the ch’i and the heart/mind mutually guarding one another in the tan tien”.

“Relaxation” and the “Three Treasures of Cheng Man-Ching” form the guidposts of Tai Chi Chuan. Following them, a student’s practice will deepen.

Excerpt from : “There Are No Secrets”, by Wolf Lowenthal

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