Taijiquan Immersion with Rick at Eastover, July 21-23

Eastover Estate and Retreat is a stunningly beautiful holistic retreat center and 600 acre natural sanctuary, located in the heart of the Berkshire mountains. Eastover is the vision of founder Yingxing Wang who orchestrated an incredible ten-year renovation of the entire estate, making eco-friendly choices wherever possible. It opened a couple years ago and focuses primarily on Chinese medicine, qigong, and internal martial arts. The housing is priced very reasonably (by Berkshire standards) and the options range from luxurious to tents pitched in the yard. Check out this online brochure.   July 21-23. Yang Cheng Fu’s 13 Original Postures. This… Read More

Coherence and the Human Microbiome

“Human microbiome”? This was a term that was not really on my radar until very recently. Sure, I had encountered in the past and had some vague ideas about its relationship to health, but it was pretty far down the list of things to think about. Thanks to a fortuitous encounter with Rhonda Wilbur, acupuncturist and PhD candidate in Integrative Biomedical Sciences, that changed very recently. (Here is a study she co-authored titled, “Collaborative study by USF and China partner reveals acupuncture can treat hypertension through antioxidant effects.”) She is researching the relationship of the human microbiome on immunology and… Read More

Tai Chi Alchemy visits China – Day 1

It was the trip of a lifetime for me. Last spring my friend/teacher, Master Yang Fukui, suggested we visit Wudang Mountain, the legendary birthplace of taijiquan. We would also visit his hometown of Tianjin, another place with a rich martial arts history (see Jet Li’s film Fearless).  Sign me up! I had visited Beijing in ’99, a great trip, but going to Wudang with Master Yang was like a back stage pass to a world I could never access on my own. Maria was immediately up for the adventure, and so were some Tai Chi Alchemy regulars: Jonathan Bricklin, Mike… Read More

Taijiquan at Kripalu

Many thanks to the wonderful Kripalu folks for sponsoring last weekend’s “Taijiqan Immersion.” It was an intensive introduction to both taijiquan and to my particular teaching methods and language, and I had my doubts going in. How were we going to do justice to all this material in such a limited time? This group was more than up to the challenge, though, and we did cover the entire Yang Cheng Fu’s 13 Original Postures plus a solid grounding in my “Three Pillars”: Energetic Coherence Central Equilibrium Song Kua The only way we could do all this was to abandon upfront… Read More

Metarobics: Blood Oxygen Saturation and Health

I got a very interesting link from Sifu Marilyn Cooper recently, and I’d like to share it with you. Marilyn has been teaching internal martial arts for decades and operates the Little River Kung Fu School in northern California. She is the founder of Pushing for Peace, which uses taiji push hands as a tool for meditation, body-mind integration, and conflict resolution. The program was originally aimed at children and has presented in several countries. It has expanded its reach to include adults and those with physical challenges. The program seeks to shares the many benefits of taijiquan without requiring… Read More