Health Tai Chi in Devon

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Grandmaster Liming Yue’s teachings during his 2016 visit

A few lessons were learnt during Grandmaster Liming Yue visit to Devon, but here are some of them:

1) Do more standing and get strong legs: Grandmaster Liming encouraged us to do more standing to get stronger legs and being able to feel the energy flowing through our meridians and channels. After a lot of detailed postural work on Saturday, he explained the different hand positions for standing corresponding to the three main Dantians in the body.

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2) Relax as much as you can: Another point emphasized during the weekend was relaxing. In order to get strong legs and a correct posture, our bodies need to relax more and more. GM Liming showed different tips to improve our posture while gently encouraging us to relax all the time. 

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3) Laughter is the best medicine: From the moment he arrived til he left, the whole group shared many laughs. We laughed over food, we laughed over simple explanations and jokes during our training, we laughed while we had our last cup of tea before going to bed. It was a laughter-full weekend. GM Liming showed us that being childlike brings health and laughter to our lives.

By laughing more, standing more and relaxing more, we can improve our tai chi skill. What a wonderful weekend, full of fantastic learning opportunities for all levels. It was also lovely to catch up with other instructors from Tai Chi Nation, Exeter School of Tai Chi Chuan, and other schools all over the country. I can’t wait for next year to experience more of it.


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Staying or leaving

I learnt one important lesson in my journey. Staying or leaving is not going to solve anything. But searching for the root of the unhappiness will. I found happiness in Ireland, and it has been with me ever since.

On different occasions, staying or leaving has been the question I had to ask myself. “Should I stay or should I go?” like in The Clash song. I am going to share the song here and some thoughts I have about this important question.

When I was 20, my heart made me stay in France for 3 years, while many of my foreign friends left after one year. It was an enriching experience that allow me to be integrated in a different culture and become a little bit French. I welcomed my French self, and by doing so, I became more loving and caring towards my soul. Going beyond one’s nationality has sometimes that potential of bringing you closer to who you truly are inside.

My heart brought me then to Portugal where I had a decent job for a few months, but I got bored so I left it all and move to Ireland. After nearly three years there, I had a stable job at a bank. My position forced me to do things that went against my values and I was constantly suffering in that environment. My soul could not breathe. Once again, my heart asked me to leave my job and left my financial security in order to be at ease. I left with nothing.

Five weeks later, I started to work as a freelance translator for a company that would sustain me for many years after that. Because I could work remotely and my private life was in chaos, I decided to move back to Spain. Life was good. My finances could not be better. I was saving to buy a house, and I knew I could afford it. I was dressed in the latest fashion. I was travelling around and having fun. I was apparently successful and happy, but deep down, I was miserable. Once again, the question came. The Irish man in my life at that time wished to go back to Ireland, so I followed him.

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One day, I decided that it was time to stay put and not go anywhere. It was time to embark on an inner journey and eliminate the root of my distress. It was time to make the changes that would make me happy no matter where. Staying or leaving was no longer important. Solving my life became my priority. So many countries. So many faces. So many lives. One important lesson learnt. Staying or leaving is not going to solve anything. But searching for the root of the unhappiness will. I found happiness in Ireland, and it has been with me ever since.


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Do you listen to your heart or your mind?

A few days ago, I was walking by the seaside in Teignmouth after finishing a very good read: The Hearts’ Code, and my mind wandered towards the realms of the body and mind, heart and mind dichotomies. Although my brain has always been an important part of my life, I have also made very good decisions based on my heart. In The Hearts’ Code, Dr. Paul Pearsall literally leads us into a world of new discoveries.

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He explains the new research on the cellular memories installed in the heart, and the relationship between heart and mind. The book highlights the importance of listening to one’s heart. The heart stores important memories, including ancient collective memories that could be essential for our survival. The author tells us that he found healing by listening to his heart. But he is not naïve. He knows that the heart needs to “think” in combination with the mind. The mind can distort our reality, but it can also help us make sense of it. Both need to go hand in hand in the process of healing, discovering and asserting ourselves, expressing who we are.

 

I have seen many people following their infatuations and shallow desires and calling it “following my heart”. So it is satisfying to read a book that focuses on the heart from a scientific perspective without getting into the “happy-go-lucky” of some heart-oriented lovers.

 

The book is an interesting read for a spring or a summer holiday. It will help you connect to your heart, at least while you’re reading the book.

 

I wonder where the “gut” instinct fits in all the interesting research presented by the author though. I have come across authors who separate mind and gut instead of mind and heart. Whatever the dichotomy chosen, it is clear to me, and increasingly clear to the scientific world that body and mind are intrinsically connected. There is not one without the other. When you look after your body, you are also looking after your mind and vice versa.


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Drop-in classes open to all levels

Classes in Ipplepen, Totnes, Abbotskerswell, Dawlish and Teignmouth

New Year, New energy, lots of plans for tai chi and qi gong classes. In 2015, I will be opening new tai chi classes in Abbostkerswell and Ipplepen (on 13 January), and continuing my tai chi classes in Dawlish and Teignmouth (from 6 January). I will also continue the popular qigong class in Totnes (6 January). As explained in my previous email, all my classes are now drop-in at £7 or you can pay 10 classes in advance at £60. I will be teaching in a very similar way to how I was teaching last year, but my classes will be more flexible and will allow a more intuitive approach, allowing us to go deeper. You will be LEARNING AT YOUR OWN PACE and will always find NEW MOVEMENTS to practice. Here are the class details for the New Year:

Tai Chi – Ipplepen
Start Date: Tuesday, 13 January
Time: 9:30-10:30am
Venue: Ipplepen Village Hall, Ipplepen.


Qi Gong – Totnes
Start Date: Tuesday, 6 January
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Chapel House Studios, Station Road, Totnes.


Tai Chi – Abbotskerswell
Start Date: Tuesday, 13 January
Time: 3:00-4:00pm
Venue: Church House, Abbotskerswell.


Tai Chi – Dawlish
Start Date: Tuesday, 6 January
Time: 18:00-19:00
Venue: Auditorium, The Strand Church, The Strand, Dawlish


Tai Chi – Teignmouth
Start Date: Thursday, 8 January
Time: 18:00-19:00
Venue: Richard Newton Hall, Higher Buckeridge Road, Teignmouth

Feel free to forward this email if you know anyone who might be interested living in those areas.


Devon Tai Chi and Qi Gong Centre

My partner Master Nick Taylor is the head instructor of the Devon Tai Chi and Qi Gong Centre. We will be facilitating joint workshops in 2015, starting in February. In the meantime, please note that Nick teaches in the following areas open to all levels:
Bishopsteington, Cristow, Exeter, Exmouth, Teignmouth, Barton (Torquay), Stokeinteignhead, Shaldon
If you wish to have extra practice, my times no longer suit you, or know anyone in those areas, please feel free to forward this information. Nick is an experienced instructor with over 12 years experience.
For more info, contact Nick Taylor. Here are his details:
Tel: 01626 778048 or 07968174934
Email: taichinick@tiscali.co.uk


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Free tai chi classes in Devon 2014

Here I am, based in Devon, living in beautiful Teignmouth and looking forward to start teaching in this amazing region. At the moment, I am actively promoting my qi gong classes in Exeter city centre starting next Monday at 12pm. Tomorrow, my classes will kick off as I’m starting to teach qi gong in Totnes at 11.30am. The list is practically full, and my excitement is growing as the day goes by. I will also teach tai chi in Totnes at 12.30pm. If you haven’t booked your place in one of my courses, please do so, as there are no many spaces left. 

My other tai chi courses will start next week: in Teignmouth and Dawlish. These courses will be very similar. Because Teignmouth and Dawlish are very close, I am offering free tai chi classes to anyone who wishes to train more than once a week. That means that if you join the paid Dawlish course for Tuesdays at 6pm, you can go to Teignmouth for free tai chi classes on Thursdays at 6pm. Or if you join the paid Teignmouth course, you can go to Dawlish for free tai chi classes on Tuesdays at 6pm. If you only want to do tai chi once a week, that is perfectly okay too.

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Having free classes to complement your paid classes can be useful if you are not too good at practicing at home and would like to make tai chi an important part of your healthy lifestyle. Some of the exercises that you will learn in my tai chi and qi gong classes, you will be able to incorporate in your daily lives, as you learn about body awareness and mindfulness. But if you wish to improve your movements, posture, or simply move more regularly, do come along to two days a week. The price will be the same.

So no excuses now. Time for tai chi classes. Time for qi gong classes. Time to come along and start moving. Remember that every movement counts. Call 07437 332032 and book your course.

 

 


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Teaching tai chi in Devon (UK) from September 2014

When I started to teach tai chi and qi gong, I wanted to share my passion for these ancient health systems. When I chose my “business name” I wanted to find something that would define my dream. I chose house of movement because my dream was to create a community of like-minded people (around a house/studio) who would share a passion for movement. When I talk about movement, I mean external / physical movement, but also internal /psychological movement and spiritual movement. With the practice of tai chi and qi gong, you start a journey with physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions. My own journey brought me to leave my previous career as a translator and interpreter and start a new path into accompanying others into their own journeys, through teaching tai chi and qi gong and as a counsellor and psychotherapist.

 

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Now, my journey is bringing me to the UK, where I will teach tai chi in Devon. I will bring my dream with me, hoping that I will be able to build on the successes that my students and I have enjoyed in Dublin, with lots of enthusiastic faces in my classes. I hope that one day I will be able to create a real house of movement with my tai chi friends in Devon. I will be affiliated to Master Nick Taylor of the Devon Tai Chi Centre. Master Taylor, disciple of Grandmaster Liming Yue, has been teaching tai chi in Devon for over 12 years. Click his website link if you’re interested in going to a drop-in class in Torbay, Exmouth, Shaldon and other towns (check schedule in website).

 

From September I will discontinue my regular tai chi and qi gong classes in Dublin, and I will only come to teach workshops every now and then. From September I will be running tai chi courses in different areas of Devon. I am in the process of arranging venues and I will publish more information about my September tai chi courses in Devon soon. I am also planning to continue running qi gong classes, so my tai chi courses in Devon will be complemented by my qi gong and meditation classes.


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Tai chi classes and qi gong starting next week

Alda of House of movement has been really busy training in Manchester, polishing the different forms that she knows, learning new things, liaising with other instructors to bring you further training, and finding the confidence to know that she can offer high standard tai chi classes in Dublin. Alda had to turn down a few students in the previous courses organized due to lack of spaces available, so now she has decided to open a new tai chi for beginners course.

The tai chi classes will run on a weekly basis every Wednesday evening at 8:30pm. Here are the details:

Wednesday Evening – Tai Chi 11 Form Classes – Book now!

Level: Tai chi for Beginners
Start Date: 19 February
Time: 20:30-21:30
Venue: Zephyr room, the Lantern Centre, 17 Synge St, Dublin 8 (free parking at the back)
Cost: €70 for 6 week course

For more details about the venue or other courses (including qi gong courses), click here.

QI GONG CLASSES

If you are more interested in qigong classes, there is a new course starting also on Wednesday at 7:15pm. Here are the details:

Wednesday Evening – Mawangdui Daoyin Shu Qigong – Book now!

Teaching: Draw a bow, Stretching the back, Wild duck swimming, Dragon flying

Level: All levels
Start Date:  Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Time: 19:15-20:15
Venue: Zephyr room, the Lantern Centre, Synge Street, Dublin 8
Cost: €70 for 6 weeks

More info here.


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Are you in the right class?

As our house of movement grows, new qi gong and tai chi classes are added, so please read carefully to make sure that you are in the class that brings most benefits to you. At the moment, I run 3 different types of classes: tai chi 11 form, health qigong Mawangdui, and qi gong & meditation.

You want to go to a tai chi class, but…. have you considered qi gong? Read more…

TAI CHI versus QI GONG

Most of you start coming to tai chi classes to improve your general well-being. Some of you have done a martial art in the past (karate, taekwondo…) and are looking for something similar. Some of you do not really mind about fighting or martial applications. You just saw the movements, loved them and wish to move in such a gentle way. Some of you have an illness or physical/psychical condition that you suffer in silence, and you hope to be helped by these ancient practices.

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To the first group, I’d recommend my tai chi classes and attending Master Liming Yue regular tai chi workshops in Dublin. To the second group, I’d advice to check both tai chi and health qi gong classes. Both tai chi and qi gong exercises are gentle and beautiful, but while tai chi is based on martial applications, qi gong is based on animal movements and other aspects of nature and it has a strong link to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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To the third group I’d say to check out qi gong classes before making up your minds, and choose according to what you love. At times, illness is the way that our bodies has to communicate with our minds. Any of my classes is good to practice “listening to our bodies”. Some qi gong exercises can be particularly beneficial for certain conditions, but they need to be practised regularly, so qi gong classes may be the best for this group, depending on the condition.


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How to choose the right qi gong class?

Classes at House of Movement

 

As our house of movement grows, new tai chi and qi gong classes are added to the main ones, so please read carefully to make sure that you are in the class that brings most benefits to you. At the moment, 3 different types of classes are run: tai chi 11 form, health qigong Mawangdui, and qi gong & meditation.

 

You want to go to a qi gong class, but….

What QIGONG class?

At the moment, there are two options: Mawangdui qi gong and qi gong & meditation classes.

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The Mawangdui qi gong set is a beautiful sequence of 12 qigong movements, each one of them focusing on a particular meridian in the body. Each movement is beneficial for that meridian, but is also linked to other meridians and acupoints. Some of the benefits will be explained in both qi gong class. Some of the movements need some time to be learnt, and may be challenging as we are often prone to push ourselves too hard. It may take time to relax and only move as our body feels comfortable moving. In time, we’ll get less explanations and more practice and it will be easier to relax. Mawangdui qigong movements are so special and delicate that they are worth waiting for.

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If you like simple, easy-to-learn qi gong movements, based mainly on the breath, and wish to enter into a meditative state most of the class, the qi gong & meditation classes may be what you’re looking for. The easiest qi gong exercises from different health qigong sets are selected to enter into a meditative state while moving, sort of a moving meditation, and then we’ll explore still meditation. If you went to meditation classes in the past, and would like to meditate but find it difficult to sit still for a long time, starting a practice of simple qi gong exercises may be a gentle way to get into it.

 

House of movement allows you to move in different ways, from the warrior mind set of the tai chi classes to the calm meditator mind set, and exploring some qi gong exercises based on animals and nature.


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Interesting tai chi articles

This is a short post to recommend some of the tai chi articles which I have been reading in the last couple of months. We are so lucky to have all of this information with a few clicks.

An article which reminds me of the taoist principle of wu wei (action without action):

The Power of Yielding: Getting It Done By Not Doing It

Tai chi article about the famous and spiritual Wudang Mountain (Hubei, China)

Going to the Mountain

Insteresting article linking Eastern and Western medicine, fascia network and acupoints

Review of Evidence Suggesting That the Fascia Network Could Be the Anatomical Basis for Acupoints and Meridians in the Human Body

Portrait of a wonderful Grandmaster who will be in Donegal in June

Chen XiaoWang – Keeper of the taiji secrets

For more information about his seminar in Donegal, visit http://www.chenireland.com

I have been posting these and other articles in my Facebook page. If you wish to read them as I’m finding them, become a friend, like House of movement – Tai chi & qi gong in Facebook. Happy reading!