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This trinity is the foundational concept underpinning Tai Chi and Aikido … both Internal Martial Arts … the kind that enable you to deal with your Self … from the Inside-Out ...

Chi Kung For Healthy Lungs

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Chi Kung builds & maintains healthy Lungs. These gentle movements physically expand the Lungs, increasing your capacity to inhale more air.

Tai Chi for Gardeners: A Moving Experience

Tai Chi for Gardeners shows you how to use your current level of strength — ranging from strong to needing development — so that you’re better able to experience the beautiful feeling called ‘my garden.’

Do more gardening with less strain on your body, resulting in better health, and a more inspiring garden experience.


A Moving Experience
Tai Chi for Gardeners is a ‘moving experience’: You learn how to use your intention to focus your breath and energy in a way that enables your body to exert more force with less physical effort. This makes it possible to do more work, with less strain on your body, resulting in better health, and a more inspiring garden experience.

The Root of the Matter
Tai Chi is an ancient method for coordinating the diverse movements of the body, mind and spirit; Tai Chi for Gardeners is an application of these time-tested techniques where you learn how to use your body safely and efficiently to flow through the motions and stresses embedded in the wide variety of tasks that comprise gardening.

An Unintended Consequence
As the Tai Chi for Gardeners experience takes root in your body, mind and spirit, you may gradually notice a subtle sense of tranquility pollinating other aspects of the landscape of your life with a Tai Chi sensibility.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The ‘’garden’ is a metaphor for life; if you continue to ‘grow’ as a person, you’re a ‘gardener.’

Here are some frequently asked questions to help you understand what Tai Chi for Gardeners has to offer you.

  • What is Tai Chi for Gardeners?

  • How does it work?

  • Will Tai Chi for Gardeners address my specific needs and interests?

  • What are some of the benefits of the Tai Chi for Gardeners program?

  • I’m not in the best physical condition, is this something I should try?

  • How do I schedule a Tai Chi for Gardeners session?

  • What if I have questions between sessions?

  • What is the tuition cost for Tai Chi for Gardeners?

  • This sounds interesting, but I’m not a gardener: Is there another way to experience this Tai Chi learning process?


  • What is Tai Chi for Gardeners?
    Tai Chi for Gardeners is a ‘moving experience’: You learn how to use your intention to focus your breath and energy in a way that enables your body to exert more force with less physical effort. This makes it possible to do more work, with less strain on your body, resulting in better health, and a more inspiring garden experience. (Read more).

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    How does it work?
    Each session includes three pre-scheduled, 90 minute meetings, with additional opportunities to have your questions answered between sessions by email or phone. If you’re not ready to commit to a full session, a Tai Chi for Gardeners ‘sampler’ is available for you to get a ‘felt-sense’ of what the full program has to offer. (Learn more).

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    Will Tai Chi for Gardeners address my specific needs and interests?
    The way you use your body and mind are unique to you, as well as what you want to use them to accomplish. Tai Chi is a ‘human’ technology that develops, integrates and focuses your energy and power — body, mind, and spirit. And when you practice and apply what you learn in your garden, you’ll also find that you’ve developed a set of skills that will blossom in other aspects of your life.

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    What are some of the benefits of the Tai Chi for Gardeners program?
    Some of the benefits available to you include, but are not limited to:

  • Private, one-on-one instruction.
  • An analysis of how you currently use your body in the garden.
  • Guidance on how to move more safely and efficiently.
  • Help in figuring out how to adapt to and work around physical discomforts.
  • More physical strength.
  • Reduced stress on your muscles and joints.
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    I’m not in the best physical condition, is this something I should try?
    Tai Chi for Gardeners is an experience of gentle, easy-to-use exercises that promote healthy growth — in your garden and yourself. After analyzing how comfortable you are doing different garden-related movements, we’ll work together to try and figure out ways to work around any discomforts you have. It’s important to keep in mind that you may have a pre-existing condition that requires some medical attention. If this is the case, Oriental Medicine at BIOM is a healing option you may want to consider. (Find out more).

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    How do I schedule a Tai Chi for Gardeners session?
    Because Tai Chi for Gardeners is designed for your specific situation, you can schedule a time that works for you. Contact Michael at (206) 842-6936 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to make an appointment.

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    What if I have questions between sessions?
    As you practice what you’ve learned between meetings, it’s expected that questions will arise. Rather than wait until the next scheduled meeting you have the option to have your questions addressed by email or phone.

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    What is the tuition cost for Tai Chi for Gardeners?
    Contact Michael at (206) 842-6936 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to receive pricing information.

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    This sounds interesting, but I’m not a gardener: Is there another way to experience this Tai Chi learning process?
    The ‘‘garden’ is a metaphor for life, so if your consider the fact that you’re ‘growing’ as a person throughout your life, in a sense, everyone is a ‘gardener.’ And because everyone has a unique way of ‘being in the world,’ the Tai Chi ‘learning process’ (a ‘human’ technology that develops, integrates and focuses the energy and power of your body, mind, and spirit) can be applied to any facet of your life that you want to cultivate.

    To get a better sense of how you can use the Tai Chi learning process in your life, read BalancePoint Coaching and Tai Chi Coaching. Then contact Michael at (206) 842-6936 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to discuss next steps.


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    Tai Chi for Gardeners: How It Works

    The Tai Chi for Gardeners program is designed to help increase the strength of your body and soothe your mind. It offers essential skill-building for the gardening work you need and want to do today, and throughout each season of your life.

    There are two ways to experience Tai Chi for Gardeners:

  • Full Program
  • Sampler
  • Essential skill-building for the gardening work you need and want to do today, and throughout each season of your life.

    Full Program
    Since each season presents us with a unique set of garden delights and challenges, Tai Chi for Gardeners is offered in seasonal sessions so we can explore, understand, and blend with the energetic elements unique to each season of the year.

    Each session includes three pre-scheduled, 90 minute meetings, with additional opportunities to have your questions answered between sessions by email or phone.

    What to Expect
    Here are some of the things you can expect from the Tai Chi for Gardeners program:

    Prework
    Prior to getting together you’ll receive via email some suggestions for how to do a self-assessment of your current level of gardening fitness, along with a method for bringing into view a clearer vision of the garden you’re creating.

    Working Together
    In a private, one-on-one atmosphere, you’ll learn how to loosen up using Tai Chi Chi Kung to ground yourself so the seeds of Tai Chi awareness can germinate in you. Then, through exploring how you use your body to perform basic gardening movements, a specific Tai Chi garden experience that meets your specific needs begins to take shape.

    For tuition and scheduling information contact Michael at (206) 842-6936 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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    Sampler
    If you’re not able to commit to the three pre-scheduled, 90 minute meetings, a ‘sampler’ is available for you to get a ‘felt-sense’ of what the full Tai Chi for Gardeners program has to offer. This is an opportunity to experience ‘Tai Chi awareness,’ which is the core experience of the Tai Chi for Gardeners method.

    The ‘sampler’ also includes simple techniques for safely lowering yourself down to the ground and up again, in ways that strengthen your legs and improve your balance. Additionally, you’ll also enjoy a series of stretches that can improve your gardening experience — and overall health.

    (Note: The Tai Chi for Gardeners ‘sampler’ cannot be substituted for one of the three meetings that comprise the full Tai Chi for Gardeners program.)

    For tuition and scheduling information contact Michael at (206) 842-6936 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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    Tai Chi for Gardeners: A Moving Experience
    Tai Chi for Gardeners FAQ

    Staying Balanced in a Time of Decline

    It’s been said that in the brightness of the noonday sun, you can’t see a lit match very clearly, while in the dark of night, the light and Way shine very clearly to the discerning eye … To steady the nervous Mind … A Nature craft is a good pursuit … and while the nerves become calm … an epoch-appropirate skill is emergent … perhaps the Elves will return to Middle-Earth …

    Importance

    “Importance is not measured by time, and change is a symptom of the presence of life.”

    The morning glory blooms for an hour,
    Yet it differs not at heart
    From the giant pine which lives a thousand years.

    From: “Become What You Are” by Alan Watts

    Haiku

    Who just discovered
    the words are not important
    “relaxed concentration is ...

    Going With The Flow

    “Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course ... Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you.” — Sheng-yen

    The Ant and Grasshopper: An Aesop Fable

    As people all around the world begin the process of recovering from the financial excesses of the recent past, it’s instructive to hear again Aesop’s fable about the “Ant and the Grasshopper.” Many of us heard it in school. Now’s a good time to reconsider it’s meaning.


    The Ants and the Grasshopper (Version One)
    The Ants were spending a fine winter’s day drying grain collected in the summertime. A Grasshopper, perishing with famine, passed by and earnestly begged for a little food. The Ants inquired of him, “Why did you not treasure up food during the summer?” He replied, “I had not leisure enough. I passed the days in singing.” They then said in derision: “If you were foolish enough to sing all the summer, you must dance supperless to bed in the winter.”

    Translation: George Fyler Townsend


    The Ant and the Grasshopper (Version Two)
    In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest.

    “Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of toiling and moiling in that way?”

    “I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you to do the same.”

    “Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; we have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer. Then the Grasshopper knew:

    It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.

    Translated by: Joseph Jacobs


    King Solomon also had something to say on the subject — Book of Proverbs 6:6-9:

    “Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, which having no captain, overseer or ruler, provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest. How long will you slumber, O sluggard!”

    What I find interesting is that this is aimed at people who didn’t want to work diligently; but in our current financial debacle people could be hard workers and still drown from excessive spending. I guess the difference between then and now is that back then it wasn’t easy to get credit.

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