World Taijiquan & Qigong Day

Our group, Embrace The Moon Taijiquan and Qigong on World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, April 27th. Myrtle Edwards Park.

Our group, Embrace The Moon Taijiquan and Qigong on World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, April 27th.
Myrtle Edwards Park.

Did you know there is a day set aside every year to celebrate Taijiquan (Tai Chi) and Qigong (Ch’i Kung)?  Its called World Tai Chi & Qigong Day. On the last Saturday of April, at 10am, starting in New Zealand and moving through each each time zone across the globe, people gather in groups, large & small, and practice together.   It is quite a powerful experience to flow with people of all levels and to know you are among millions around the world. The Day was started by Bill and Angela Douglas. You can get more information here: http://www.worldtaichiday.org. Its quite a jam packed website, but if you spend a little time there you can find out interesting information, including Harvard Medical Center’s New Guide to Tai Chi:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Harvard-Medical-School-Guide/dp/1590309421  World Tai Chi Day events are always free. Check near you next year but don’t wait until then to start Tai Chi or Qigong!

Salute,

Kim

Starting Anew Every Day

A year from now, you will wish you had started today.I was having this conversation with myself last week. Due to a horrid sinus infection, I took some time away from my exercise routine to let my body fight the bugs and recuperate. I was also preparing for our launch event for Mentoring Movement, so I realized that fighting the infection, exercising, AND getting the event put together might be too much at the same time.

An Exercise for Everyone was a success! We had a fantastic gathering of mentors, and the participants who attended loved the information, and the fun, welcoming atmosphere we created. We are all realizing the importance of helping people become more active and enhance their capacity to live amazing lives through exercise and fitness.

Yet how does this tie in to “Starting Anew Every Day”? I am realizing that with my fitness goals, and with this community, each day is the opportunity to start anew toward our goals. We get to decide what we are committed to, and if we want to take the actions necessary to honor those committments. Every day, it’s a choice.

With my fitness goals, last week I had to decide if I was going to re-start my exercise program right before going on a trip. I went through all of the excuses, and the great “reasons” I had to just put it off. I then realized that there is no convenient time to start (or resume) an exercise plan, and that obstacles like a vacation are always going to come up. I would be sitting there at the end of the vacation, wishing I had gone ahead and re-started my excercise program. I figured out a way to take my workout program and equipment with me, and this morning I worked out in my room on Kauai, as the doves cooed outside.

For what we are creating with this community, each day I get to ask what are we out to create? We are out to create so much support for people being active, being fit, and living expanded, amazing, capable lives, that we transform our entire culture’s attitude toward being active. We see the seeds out there right now. People are exercising, people are showing what comes from being fit, and yet there is still the pull for lesser effort … to skip it just this once, and okay, skip working out one more time … it won’t hurt … and then a year goes by and we get to wishing we had started honoring our commitment and continuing to exercise every day. I will not be standing there a year from now and wishing I had kept building this community. One by one, we add our voices, and our support to each other and our goals.

Four Fitness Principles

Four Fitness Principles are: Strength, Flexibility, Stamina and Mental Focus. All of these Principles are achieved through Repetition and Practice.

Identify three ways in which you are strong and three strengths you would like to have; three ways you are flexible and three ways you would like to be more flexible; three ways you have stamina and three ways you would like to increase your stamina and three ways you are Mentally Focused and three ways you want to increase your Mental Focus.

When you work out, keep in mind in what ways you want to be strong when you do strengthening exercises; in what areas of your life you want to be more flexible when you stretch; what you want more stamina for when you do Cardio Drills, and the various ways you can use increased Mental Focus when you are cranking out the last few minutes of a challenging workout

Life quote of the day – Linda Chandler

I am so charmed! I love this! It’s simple, effective, and easy to remember.

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“Think P.I.G. – that’s my motto. P stands for Persistence, I stands for Integrity, and G stands for Guts. These are the ingredients for a successful business and a successful life.” ~Linda Chandler

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Pause is off … it’s time to Play!

I had to take a break from my exercise routine for two weeks.  It’s tough to exercise when you can’t breathe, so I gave my body the time it needed to tend to that very important prerequisite.  Now that I’ve got breathing back online, I re-started my exercise routine this morning.  For the first time, getting back to exercise was a relief.  I realized I miss it.  I love the feeling in my body after I have challenged it physically.

The real challenge has been being kind to myself about this time off.  There is still a part of me that wants to beat myself up for taking any time off, or question if I needed that much time off, or tell myself that I have lost the few gains I had made around getting my shoulder fit by taking this time off.  It’s exhausting, and really, more work than the work out.

What I am taking on is that I did what my body needed, and where I am at is exactly where I need to be.  In that space of grace, I get the opportunity to find the playful nature of exercise.  I get to have fun and realize that this really is all about play.

It’s a Process

I can’t say this any better. It IS a process, and becoming aware of the process, allowing it to be present, is a beautiful breakthrough on its own.

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Losing weight, toning up, trimming down, bulking up, gaining muscle. There is no shortcut, no quick trick or magic pill that will give you a long lasting, healthy and effective “workout” trick. All it takes is Hard work, dedication, focus and faith. I will soon be posting a quick and effective, yet hard pushing workout for men and women. It won’t be easy, you won’t like it and yes, you will sweat like a fat cat stuck outside in the sun.

But will it be worth it?
Yes.

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