Upcoming Classes and Workshops at Better Body Works — 2011


 

Practicing Yang Family Style Dao form, West Lake, Hangzhou, PRC 2009.

 

Coming soon to Better Body Works in Westerly, RI on Monday evenings from 6 pm to 7:15 pm, Daoyin and Taijiquan. Learn practices that will stretch, tone and purify your mind, body and spirit while also enjoying the healing benefits of the ancient Chinese martial art of Taijiquan [Tai Chi].

Movements are gentle yet profound, allowing students of all types and physical conditions to practice safely and enjoy.

Classes will begin with Chinese yoga – Daoyin – to open qi [energy] meridians and prepare the spine and body for Taiji practice. Thereafter we will move into the first section of the Classical Yang Family style 108 form and conclude with 15 minutes of harmonizing Daoyin for breath, mind and spirit. Students should leave class feeling lighter, stronger and centered – freer to live, enjoy and engage in their lives to the fullest.

Daoyin and Taiji can help:

Heal the aches and pains of modern living and aging, including shoulder and neck pain from computer work, back pains of all kinds, repetitive stress and balance issues whether physical, mental or emotional.
Rediscover a natural center which fosters peace and confidence regardless of life’s circumstances.
Restore harmony in breathing, eating and weight control. Digestion, elimination and weight issues may resolve quickly with regular practice.
Strengthen, tone and firm the body inside and out.
De-stress and relax, releasing toxins – physical, mental and emotional — encouraging natural immunity for optimum health.
Provide clarity and focus to meet the challenges of life.
Nourish the entire system with healing qi [energy] that juices the body, retarding aging and the complications of aging.
Unravel mental and emotional patterns that cause suffering.

Classes are taught by Jessica Sommar, M.Sc., recently returned from two years in China, a student of Classical Yang Family Style Taijiquan – including three fist forms and three weapons forms –Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western and Eastern herbology, Daoyin [qi gong] and alchemical practices of Daoism learned over a decade from disciples of Master Wang Liping, lineage holder of Quanzhen Longmen Pai; Martial artist, acupuncturist and herbalist Rene Navarro [http://www.renenavarro.org/] (a student of Master Gin Soon Chu, second disciple of Grandmaster Yang Sau-Cheung [www.gstaichi.org]) and various other teachers from the Healing Tao and Western Energy Medicine. Healing and counseling sessions will also be available with Jessica at BBW by appointment.

Upcoming workshops:

Daoist Dietetics – bringing Eastern dietary practices to Western students to improve health and restore sanity to weight control issues.
Daoist Internal Practices for Women – to preserve and strengthen internal qi for healing, beautifying and longevity.
Daoyin – a one day workshop on rare breath, movement, dietary and meditative practices of Daoist Masters seldom taught outside of temples today.
Eastern Energetics and the Western Body – an introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine principals and practices and how they can help Western bodies. We will explore how to unify Western and Eastern traditions to bring body, mind and spirit into harmony with the natural cycle of the seasons.

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Tai Chi Eases Symptoms of Fibromyalgia, Study Finds – NYTimes.com

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Truly delicious news, not only for those suffering from illness but for those of us who believe wholeheartedly in the healing afforded by regular practice of tai ji chuan.

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Freedom from Anxiety


 

Free-floating anxiety has plagued me my entire life. What I have found is that the more I am in my body, through yoga, tai ji chuan or movement of any kind, the anxiety is lifted and I am comforted. I wish it hadn’t taken me so many years to find relief. I have used alcohol, food, religion and relationships to ease the chronic inner unrest. Spirituality [The Goddess and the Dao] and movement have served me best. *Big sigh*

The Woman Challenge — 8 Weeks To Better Health


I took the pledge, will you?

This May, thousands of women across the country will embark on an eight-week physical activity challenge for better health. They will be part of the Woman Challenge, a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH). Woman Challenge is a part of the OWH year-long Woman Activity Tracker program and its launch will kick off the 11th annual National Women’s Health Week (May 9-15, 2010). The Woman Challenge encourages women to get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity each week.

How can I join?

Getting started is easy! Register at online for the Woman Activity Tracker. Then take the Woman Challenge pledge, your commitment to 8 weeks of setting and meeting personal physical activity goals. See web site if links don’t work: http://www.womenshealth.gov/woman/woman-challenge/

Take the Woman Challenge pledge!

What makes the Woman Challenge different from the rest of the year?

Each week that you meet or exceed your personal physical activity goals, you will receive a virtual Woman Challenge trophy. Earn 8 trophies in 8 weeks and receive a certificate of completion! From May 9 to August 21, 2010 you will receive weekly e-mail newsletters with tips on staying motivated. There will also be weekly quizzes to test your knowledge of fitness and nutrition and give you a boost towards your weekly goal.

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