Touching Worlds LLC
Connecting to what you know, your mind, body, and soul with music, movement and so much more.
I have 3 exciting events coming up:
What does Touching Worlds offer?
Adventure with Inspiration and Gratitude (Mindful discussion class involving the senses)
Conscious Creating (Art Making Class)
Qigong (Ancient practices that are not copyrighted)
Sing and Share Freely (Community Singing and Open Mic)
Spring Forest Qigong
Tai Chi or Moving for Better Balance
Tai Chi for Health - (Multiple forms - Sun 21 or Tai Chi for Arthritis (TCA), Sun 41 or TCA 2, Seated Sun 21 & Tai Chi for Rehabilitation)
Tai Chi Chih: Joy for through Movement.
Common Questions...What is.......?
Tai Chi or Tai Chi Quan (Chuan) 太极拳; 太極拳 and Qigong (Chi Kung) 气功 are graceful coordinated slow movements from China. They were created for better health and wellness which is endorsed by many health organizations for many conditions. Qigong (or Chi Kung) is an art and science of regulating internal energy for health, sports or martial arts . Outer qigong would be like Reiki where you send energy out. Qigong is the orginal practice and Tai Chi started out of it. Tai Chi (or Tai Ji) or Tai Chi Quan (or Chuan) 太极拳; 太極拳 is an inner martial art and whole body internal qigong for health, meditation, and martial arts. Series of movements are typically practiced as a form. There are many styles and many forms in Tai Chi. Tai Chi means supreme ultimate and it is the yin and yang symbol. Quan or Chuan means boxing or thought of as shadowboxing. In western society, we tend to drop the word Quan or Chuan but this can be confusing if speaking to someone from the East or China as they will think of the symbol or the meaning.
Tai Chi for Health is an non-profit organization that was created by Dr. Paul Lam in Australia. He modified traditional forms and created new ones that are easier on the joints and safer. He has created many programs, has lots of research and it is a very popular practice. Enjoy slow graceful movements that create inner and outer balance, strength, and vitality. Tai Chi for Health uses a stepwise progressive teaching method in each class. In each class, we will do warm-ups or qigong movements, break down a form into a progress stepwise instruction, have a practice of the form, and a cool down with reflection. The class will be taught with options of either standing or sitting. All levels are welcome and no experience is required. Each class will build on each other and all are welcomed as we will repeat the lessons over time. There are 6 principles incorportated in the practice. Principles are what separates it dance or aerobics. We practice slowly and we move within one's comfort zone.
Tai Chi Chih: Joy for through Movement or Tai Chi Chih (for short) is a form of qigong that means supreme ultimate (Tai Chi) knowledge (Chih). It is 19 qigong movements and a pose created by Jusin Stone in late 1960 to 1974 in New Mexico, USA. Another very popular practice with lots of research and is a non-profit organization. The complete practice is about 30-45 minutes long depending on the pace and stillness in the pracitice. The class will be taught with options of either standing or sitting. All levels are welcome and no experience is required. In each class, we will review a movement in more depth. all are welcomed as we will repeat the lessons over time. We practice slowly and we move within one's comfort zone. There are 6 principles incorportated in the practice to focus the movements more inward. The founder does not consider this practice as exercise in the traditional sense. It is common but not necessary to end the practice with a meditation or stillness.
Community Singing or Sing Outs or Paperless Singing or Singing Circles are a gatherings of people to sing songs that are call and response or paperless singing. No Experience is necessary to join or watch. Usually songs are positive and inclusive of all faiths, people and communities.
Mediation is way of calming the senses, the mind, body and heart. There are many ways to achieve mediation through stillness, breathe work, slow movement, imagery, singing, drumming, muscle relaxation, tapping, stretching, guided meditation, etc...
The difference between Yoga and Tai Chi/Qigong is Tai Chi and Qigong are slow or tapping coordinated movements with the stretching within the movement where as Yoga is usually a holding pose or stretch until the stretch is achieved. Tai Chi, Qigong and Yoga are meditative and involve movement and stretching.