Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Simple Breathing Practice for Relaxation.



In Tai Chi, Qigong and even in some yoga practices, students use the technique of “belly breathing.”  Belly breathing means taking a deep breath through the nose and filling the lungs until the belly slowly rises. It’s a powerful method to get more oxygen and energy into the body.

Breathing is connected to emotions. Anger makes our breath constricted.  If we feel stressed our breath is short and shallow to the point that it appears almost nonexistent. Most of us take short and shallow breaths. Shallow breathing increases stress and anxiety.

This does not mean that you inhale or exhale to the maximum which can hinder your oxygen supply. You should inhale and exhale to about 75%, so the lungs have room to operate. The rib cage and chest should barely move while you are breathing. Allow your breath to be full and move deep into your abdomen. Key words for good breathing: Calm (Jing), long, deep, slow and soft. Deep and calm breathing relaxes you and keeps your mind sharp. The breath is a bridge between the body and the mind. Oxygen could be described as the most essential food.

Switching to belly breathing is a great method for slowing down the heart rate and calm the nervous system. An easy way to start is to either sit down or lie on your back and your feet are flat on the floor. Place your hands on the belly and slowly inhale and exhale, allow you belly to rise and move back to the floor. 


Monday, April 24, 2017

World Tai Chi Day in Bryant Park April 29, 2017

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, the Tai Chi Chuan Center of New York will celebrate its 14th year of World Tai Chi Day in Bryant Park with free classes and demonstrations from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on the Fountain Terrace at the Western entrance on 6th Ave and 41st Street. All ages and abilities are welcome for free classes and demonstrations. Participants are advised to wear loose clothing and flat shoes or sneakers.

The celebration kicks off the Tai Chi Chi Chuan Center's summer-long program of Free Eternal Spring and Tai Chi Classes in Bryant Park. Classes will be held from May to September on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings, 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM. This program, in partnership with Bryant Park (http://bryantpark.org), has delivered tens of thousands of free class hours with an average class size of more than forty people.

World Tai Chi Day has been celebrated in over 60 countries since 1999. Tai Chi Chuan is a unique system of health and self-defense that originated in China nearly a thousand years ago and is interwined with the development of acupuncture and meditation.

Contact: Carol Chu, 212-221-6110, 156 West 44th Street NY, NY 10036, TaiChiChuanCenter.org, ckchutaichi.com,

Facebook http://facebook.com/BryantParkTaiChi/ & http://facebook.comCKChuTai Chi.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Free Tai Chi and Yoga Earth Day Astoria Park

Astoria Park Alliance will be hosting a nature-themed Spring Kickoff Celebration that will feature community volunteer opportunities, gardening activities, a shoreline cleanup, public programming and the re-opening of the renovated Bocce Ball Court. The grand re-opening of the beautiful newly refurbished Bocci Ball Court will take place at 3:30 adjacent to the Charybdis Playground.
Events are scheduled to take place Saturday April 22, between 2 pm - 5 pm and will include live music, fun child-friendly games, prizes, and fitness activities like Yoga, Zumba & Tai Chi.

I will be teaching both Tai Chi and Yoga Classes, All levels are welcome!

2:15pm Tai Chi Class

3:30pm  Yoga Class



*Rain Makeup Date: Sunday, April 23rd

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Free Tai Chi, Yoga and Zumba Earth Day Astoria Park

In honor of Earth Day,. Astoria Park Alliance is hosting a nature-themed Shore Fest Spring Kickoff celebration that will feature community volunteer opportunities, free fitness classes, free public programming and the re-opening of the renovated Bocce Ball Court. I will be teaching the Tai Chi class all are welcome!
Programming events are scheduled to take place between 1-5 pm and will include live music from The Band of New York,
recycling relay races, a scavenger hunt, child-friendly games, fun prizes plus fitness activities including Yoga, Zumba & Tai Chi.

2:00 - 5:00  Events Programming (Music, Fitness, Lessons, Games, Prizes)
3:00 - Big Brother Big Sister Dance Performance
3:30 - Bocce Ball Court Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting Celebration
4:00 - Wonder Sparks Puppet Show