"The greatest way to be untrue to yourself is to believe you can't be anything other than what you have been." -Snippets of Wisdom, Vol. 2, The Storyteller
Relax Renew offers Seminars, Classes, and Personal Training to enhance your total Well Being. Drawing on the resources of ancient cultures, holistic practices, and modern science, our programs give you new skills, options, and possibilities for feeling your best.
Choose what works best for your private or group session: Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, Yiquan, Meditation, Holistic Stress Reduction, Self Healing Secrets or an integration of these and more.
The 8 part series, "Using your MindBody Connection" has been very successful at Chilton Medical Center. Gary McCabe is the Holistic Programs Director at New Pathway Counseling Center and consultant for Soarfit-Functional Integrated Training(tm). His weekly class is also part of the Wellness Program at Keller Williams Team Realty Clifton. He provided Qigong Classes and Holistic Stress Seminars at their yearly event in the Dominican Republic.
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Why Tai Chi?
April Schedule 2018
Mondays- 7:00pm Taijiquan - multilevel class- beginners welcome- $10 per class,
321 Change Bridge Road, Pine Brook.
Tuesdays - 11am Qigong for Health, beginners welcome! $5 for all.
160 Paterson Ave., Little Falls, Recreation Building- air conditioned.
Thursdays- 10am- Qigong for Inner Strength- Qigong movements from Yiquan,
Taijiquan, Baguazhang and Xingyiquan.
160 Paterson Ave., Little Falls. $5 for all.
11am- Taijiquan- beginners welcome, multilevel class,
$5 for all. 160 Paterson Ave., Little Falls.
Saturdays**- Private Sessions at New Pathway in Pine Brook.
321 Change Bridge Rd., Pine Brook.
** other times during the week may be available.
Books- Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness by Rick Hanson
Boundless Healing by Tulku Thondup
Barking up the Wrong Tree: the Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong by Eric Barker
The Tai Chi Space by Paul Cavel
Tai Chi in 10 Weeks-Beginner's Guide by Dr. Aihan Kuhn
Has an excellent index of articles on Taoism
dovetaillearning.org/ developing emotional resilience for kids (and parents)!
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Made in the USA.
Tai Chi Chuan or Taijquan?
Chi Kung or Qigong?
Chi or Qi?
Hsing-I Chuan or Xingyiquan?
These are the same words but are spelled differently because initially Chinese words where romanized according to the Wades-Giles system. In the 1980's the transliteration was switched to the Pinyin system. Today you may see a combination which may vary from author to author. Hence, the confusion.
What is Taijiquan? "Taiji" refers to the duality of the universe depicted by the famous symbol of yin and yang. That symbol is called the Taiji symbol. It's half black with a white dot and half white with a black dot. It symbolizes a dynamic state of interdependence, transformation, and balance. Taiji refers to the primal condition of the universe after it split into two from the primordial Oneness. It is often translated as the "grand ultimate or grand terminus". "Quan" refers to fist or force and martial arts. Taijiquan was originally known as Cotton fist.One story is that the originator of Yang style Taijiquan, Yang Lu Chan, was such an invincible pugilist that his art was renamed Taijiquan to indicated his superlative achievement.
The vast majority of people who practice Taijiquan today do not use it as a martial art. Most practice it as a flowing set of mindful movements which reduce stress, increase well-being and balance.It has a long list of scientifically verified benefits including, increasing grey matter in the brain, helping with diabetes, improving bone density, reducing blood pressure and more..
To study the martial aspects of Taijiquan is becoming a little more popular in America than it once was.To actually
use it effectively in real martial arts contests is rare and would require very intensive mental, physical and energy training for years.
Taijiquan is a masterpiece. Woven within it is Qigong, the physics of effortless movement, a through and gentle exercise system, Meditation, Inner Alchemy and the study of Yin and Yang within oneself as well as with others.
It is deeply influenced by Taoist philosophy, i.e. the philosophy of being natural and harmonizing with Nature.
What is Qigong or Chi Kung? Qi or "chi" basically means energy or life force and "gong" refers to any skill which is highly developed through dedicated practice. Qigong is a method of building, balancing, and refining your energy and awareness. There are thousands of forms of Qigong which may focus on health, martial power, inner alchemy, spirituality and ethical development or can be a synthesis of these. Qigong often includes still meditation and self-massage/acupressure as well.
Qigong movements are done mindfully with different focuses depending on the goal. Generally, there is regulation of breathing,mind,movement and posture with deeper alignments of energetic structures (dantein's, meridians, energy gates) all done in an integrated fashion.
Most Qigong sets are separate movements which are easy to learn. Taijiquan, in contrast, is a series of linked movements which some find more challenging. There are also some Qigong forms, like Wild Goose Qigong, which have a long series of linked movements.