My good friend and fellow Alchemist Andrew Hahn, a.k.a. “The Kirtan Rabbi”, celebrated the release of his new CD “Non-Dual” with a killer show at the Integral Yoga Institute on 13th Street last night. He ditched his trusty harmonium for the performance (and the CD) in favor of an intoxicating guitar-based sound that alternated between quiet meditation and exuberant celebration. The new form gives wings to Andrew’s irrepressible passion and exhilaration. Kirtan is explained on The Kirtan Rabbi website: Kirtan (also known as Bhajan) is a form of chant developed in India to heighten participation, communal feeling and ecstatic communion with the… Read More
Understanding the kua is essential to internal gongfu. It’s what connects the legs to the torso physically and energetically. I devoted a chapter to it in Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate: The pivotal point for the nine-channeled pearl is the hip area, known as the kua. It is more than the ball-and-socket hip joint, taking in the whole area, centering at the inguinal crease. It includes the relationship between the thigh and the torso. The kua includes some of the strongest muscles in the body. It is the area that we use when we… Read More
This week Rick was invited to be a guest author over at Steven Aitchison’s blog, Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life. He chose to write about a common problem for most Americans; how to keep your head cool when you’re stuck in traffic! Go ahead and give it a read, you may find some tricks for your next commute.
Lots of cool stuff coming up. But here’s a head up for a couple of things that are right on the horizon. This one is already here: My new book, Finding You in a World of It, is reviewed in the January edition of the prestigious Journal of Chinese Martial Arts. Editor Nick Scrima (who also runs the Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Center in Clearwater, FL and heads International Chinese Martial Arts Championship) takes martial arts journalism to a whole new level in this consistently informative and entertaining journal. Recent articles include (my teacher) William C. C. Chen’s Essay on Breathing and Tom Vandegriff’s Recollections of Zheng Manqing (Master Chen’s… Read More
1. It’s Winter! (At least for those of us north of the Equator.) Yup! January here. And that means we’re in the most yin part of the year. This is the time to lay the foundation for the rest of the year by cultivating the Water Element. Kidney qi. Restore your pre-natal qi. That means your qigong is really, really slow and quiet. Here’s a Water Meditation from Fukui Yang (courtesy of Rabbi Andrew Hahn) that demonstrates the ultra-soft attitude of the season. You can still hit the gym in winter. Or ski. Or chop wood. External (muscular) exercise… Read More