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Rick and Jonathan Rock the SCS Conference at Yale

The Society for Consciousness Studies is a professional scholarly organization that honors quality in all authentic scholarly and practicing traditions. It also celebrates the many dimensions of the liberal arts that are embraced and enriched by the study of consciousness. This conference is sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies in cooperation with The Graduate Institute of CT and Yale University. I cribbed the above from their website. It says it all. Except the part where my good friend Jonathan Bricklin and I were invited to present to this impressive group. It is organized by the wonderful Allan… Read More

Throw Back Thursday: Maria Barrett on Holding Space

This week it’s Maria in the #TBT spotlight. Here is a clip of her demonstration from the 2013 Scholars’ Garden event. We’re all-a-twitter about the 11th annual iteration of said retreat this Sunday. Find out more about the lineup here, and register now if you plan to attend. 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!  

Throw Back Thursday: Rick Barrett demonstrates Instant Meditation

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!  

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

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

Throw Back Thursday: Rick Barrett demonstrates Single Whip

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!