Throw Back Thursday: Rick Barrett demonstrates Instant Meditation

St-John-the-Baptist

Continuing on with our Throw-Back-Thursday YouTube campaign, we have a brief instructional video on how to attain Instant Meditation. This was filmed in the Yoga studio of a gorgeous retreat center in the Hudson Valley of New York called Iris. This is part of an ongoing campaign so if you’ve missed the previous #TBT posts, catch up here. Enjoy, and please subscribe to our Youtube channel!  

It’s a Good Day to Die

Maria gives Faolan a polarity session

Faolan left us recently. Fifteen years is a nice run for a dog that size. Arthritis made climbing stairs a real chore for him, and took a lot of the joy out of the things he liked to do. But even up to the day before he passed, he made the climb to soak up some spring sun in the backyard. He would still eagerly greet you at the door, tail wagging vigorously. And would eagerly devour roasted butternut squash with the manic intensity of a four year old eating ice cream. For the last month or so, he would… Read More

Throw Back Thursday: Rick Barrett teaches William C. C. Chen’s full 60 Movements!

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This week I have something special for you. Way back in the 80’s and 90’s Rick was studying intensively with Master William C.C. Chen, an institution in the T’ai Chi world. When RB started to teach, it was Master Chen’s Yang-Style short form that he spread around. Below is a video that he did, demonstrating and explaining the basic structure of this form. A lot has changed since 1992, of course! Rick’s own understanding of this form (and numerous others) has deepened and broadened. Still, it’s a good foundation, and you’ll find more up-to-date tips and exercises when you subscribe… Read More

11th Annual Scholars Garden with Stephe, Maria, and Rick

Rick, Maria, Stephe at SG

It’s getting close! 11th Annual Scholars Garden, June 7th, 11am-5pm at Stephe Watson’s beautiful Someday Farm in Killingworth, CT. You will definitely want to register before May 15 for this one. (Contact either me –Rick@rickbarrett.net– or Stephe –FarmingOurSomedays@gmail.com– to register.)   What are we up to this year? Let’s here it from Stephe: Living in the Sweet Spot: Your Body and Wholeness Every living thing leaks energy. In the “sweet spot” not only do we leak less but we can also tap into the Big Qi and refuel. Every conscious posture has sweet spots hidden in plain sight. Maria, Stephen, &… Read More

Throw Back Thursday: Rick Barrett demonstrates Single Whip

RB Sunset

Here we have a very useful breakdown of one of the most classic and widely recognized postures in T’ai Chi: Single Whip. This position shows up several times in the form, and can be used to great effect. In this video Rick explains a lot of the intricacies that exist in the transitions into and out of Single Whip. This is part of an ongoing campaign so if you’ve missed the previous #TBT posts, catch up here. Enjoy, and please subscribe to our Youtube channel!