Taoist Longevity Breathing with Bill Ryan and Ana Popa – May 4, 2014

TAOIST LONGEVITY BREATHING The Core Inner Practice within Brookline Tai Chi's Qigong, Tai Chi, Meditation, and Other Arts with Bill Ryan and Ana Popa Sunday, May 4 Introduction 12:30 - 1:30 pm Level 1: Relax Your Breathing, Quiet Your Mind 1:45 - 3:00 pm Level 2: Fuller, Deeper Breathing 3:15 - 4:30pm Level 3: Longer, Smoother Core Breathing 4:45 - 6:00 pm You may attend any or all of the sections of this event for which you meet the prerequisites listed below. The fee for the ... [Continue Reading]

Thank you Dan, retrospective, and appeal for transition contributions

The Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who has joined us so far in welcoming our new Executive Director Nate Hribar. In classes he is currently teaching and in our recent potluck, there has been an outpouring of excitement and support. As we prepare to welcome Nate into his new role and say goodbye to outgoing Director Dan Kleiman, we want to acknowledge that making smooth transitions is at the heart of our shared practice. In many ways, it affirms the choice we made ten years ... [Continue Reading]

New Tai Chi Courses for Late Spring 2014: Foundation Training or “Jibengong”

Many of our Tai Chi courses focus on learning the “form.” We do this to help you improve your coordination, learn to let go of overt tension, and encourage relaxation of the body and the mind as you move. Classically, there were additional practices, called “jibengong” or basic, foundational training exercises, that were used to prepare the body for more advanced training, including self-defense, meditation, and weapons sparring. Jibengong basic training exercises help you build leg and ... [Continue Reading]

Expanded Qigong Courses for Late Spring 2014

Next session, we are excited to announce 7 new hours per week of qigong classes. Both of our current courses, Energy Gates and Dragon and Tiger courses will add additional sections in Late Spring and Dragon and Tiger Level 2 will be available again. You will be able to: Continue the Energy Gates standing series with BTC’s new Director Nate Hribar on Sundays and a new Tuesday evening time (replacing the current Monday class), as well as Wednesday mornings and Thursday night. Study Dragon ... [Continue Reading]

Expand Your Tai Chi Vocabulary

Do you know what each of these terms means? Can you feel them in your body? Here is just some of the essential Tai Chi language you should know. Body locations and energy centers: Yong Chuen (Bubbling Well) Dan Tien (actually there are 3 Dan Tiens) Bai Hui  Ming Men Lao Gong Kwa Essential qualities and energies: Song Peng Zhong Ding  Yi Chan Su Jing Wu Ji Classical instructions for all Tai Chi practitioners: Han Shiong Bai Bei Use Mind not External ... [Continue Reading]

Tai Chi’s Benefits for Work/Life Balance

In the 50’s and 60’s futurists predicted that automation would create the 4 day work week and we would have time aplenty for recharging and smelling the roses. Automation is now here in full force but I will it leave it for others smarter than me to explain why that didn’t happen. In the meantime, it’s hard not to notice that the workplace in general has taken on a certain Dickensian quality. In this difficult environment, work/life balance is not something that will necessarily be handed to ... [Continue Reading]

Taoist Longevity Breathing with Bill Ryan and Ana Popa, – April 6, 2014

TAOIST LONGEVITY BREATHING The Core Inner Practice within Brookline Tai Chi's Qigong, Tai Chi, Meditation, and Other Arts with Bill Ryan and Ana Popa Sunday, April 6 Introduction: Principles, Possibilities, and The Core Physical Practice 12:30 - 1:30 pm Level 1: Natural Breathing - Awareness and Relaxation 1:45 - 3:00 pm Level 2: Expanded Natural Breathing - Your Abdomen, Sides, Lower Back, Upper Back, and Upper Lungs 3:15 - 4:30pm Level 3: Seamless Breathing - Longer, Softer, Smoother ... [Continue Reading]

Welcome Our New Director – Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Board of Directors of Brookline Tai Chi/ Water Way Arts is delighted to announce that Nate Hribar has accepted the position of Executive Director. We invite you to join us in meeting Nate and welcoming him to his new role at a BTC community gathering on Sunday, March 23 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. There will be food and time to socialize, and a Tai Chi activity or two. While he will officially begin his new role full-time on April 7, this coming session Nate will be co-teaching both Energy ... [Continue Reading]

Xingyi: Linking Form, March 8 with Marcus Opalenik

with Marcus Opalenik Saturday, March 8, 2014 3:00pm - 6:00pm $75/$65 for members This seminar will focus on the Linking Form, a set that utilizes all 5 fists. Check out the video for more details: Xingyi with Marcus Opalenik: ... [Continue Reading]

Circling Hands Qigong – Whole Body Energy Flows

In this video, our teacher, Tai Chi and Qigong Master Bruce Frantzis, demonstrates the various ways that Qigong Circling Hands is done to unify the body and improve whole body energy flows: Circling Hands Qigong Courses This session, Early Spring 2014, we will be offering two courses in Circling Hands Qigong, an Introduction and Part 2, for experienced Tai Chi and qigong students and those who have completed the Introduction during the Winter session. Introductory Course In this ... [Continue Reading]

Immersion Week 2014: Energy Gates Moving Qigong Exercises

This year Immersion Week (April 22-27, 2014) will have two weekday tracks, led by Dan Kleiman: a morning series on the 3 Swings and an afternoon series on the Spine Stretch. You may sign up for either or both tracks (take 15% off when you register for both with the “Multi-Course” discount). Energy Arts Senior Instructor Craig Barnes will be teaching Long Form Weekends for experienced students as well. Energy Gates Moving Qigong Exercises Beyond standing and Outer Dissolving, the complete ... [Continue Reading]

Moving the Feet in Tai Chi

The majority of Tai Chi practitioners, not only in the US but around the world, practice "form-centric" Tai Chi—that is, a system in which the main method of acquiring advancement in the art is through the gradual mastery of a single barehand choreography, generally performed at a slow pace. In virtually all the major styles, the primary motions are movements of the arms and torso, supported by solid stances that promote "rooting" (connecting to the ground), with some shifting of the weight ... [Continue Reading]

The Inner Form of Grasp Sparrow’s Tail with Nate Hribar – March 23, 2014

with Nate Hribar Sunday, March 23, 2014 10:00am - 1:00pm $75/$65 for members   Rescheduled from February 16, 2014. If you had previously registered for February's workshop, your registration will be automatically transferred to this event. In this workshop series, Nate will take you through several key internal components of Tai Chi. The challenge, when we learn to pulse, twist, or lengthen, is that it's hard to activate and feel these principles when you are also trying to "do ... [Continue Reading]

Winter Session Make Up Classes

It's been a snowy winter so far and we've missed many regular classes. Fortunately, we always build in a make up week at the end of the Winter Session for just this reason. Here is a complete list of Winter Make Up Classes: Monday, February 24: Energy Gates at 7:25pm and Tai Chi Principles at 8:30pm with Dan. Tuesday, February 25: Two-Person Tai Chi at 5:30pm, Equipment Training at 6:35pm, and Push Hands at 7:40pm with Don and Long Form Levels 2 and 3 with Alan from ... [Continue Reading]

Moving Step Tai Chi with Don Ethan Miller – March 2, 2014

Sunday, March 2 10:00-1:00pm $95, $80 for members By Popular Demand: Moving Step Tai Chi, Part 2 This is a continuation of February's workshop, but key concepts will be reviewed, so any experienced Tai Chi practitioners are welcome to attend. Most modern Tai Chi forms (particularly in the Yang and Wu styles) utilize weight shifting and torso/arm movements, but involve very little actual stepping and footwork.  This is in stark contrast to the other two major Internal Arts, Xingyi and ... [Continue Reading]

Getting Started – Early Spring 2014

Our 2014 Early Spring courses and workshops start the week of March 3. Here are some great ways to get started with Tai Chi and qigong for relaxation, improved balance, and more energy. All of the courses below are open to beginners. No prerequisites. Tai Chi Intro Learn the fundamentals of Tai Chi to feel more relaxed, improve your balance, and build a solid foundation for Tai Chi Short Form, Long Form, Sword, and Push Hands practice. This course is designed for people with little or no ... [Continue Reading]

Long Form Spring Series

with Energy Arts Senior Instructor Craig Barnes 3 Weekends in Spring 2014: April 26-27,  May 17-18, June 7-8 This year, Craig will continue the Long Form Series on the Second and Third Sections of the Form, spread out over 3 weekend events. Special emphasis will be placed on strengthening the compressions in the body to increase the flow of chi to make your Tai Chi work at deeper and deeper levels. Craig will also show you increase relaxation in Tai Chi, by understanding proper alignments, ... [Continue Reading]

Taoist Water Tradition Sitting Meditation With Bill Ryan – March 16, 2014

SITTING MEDITATION - TAOIST WATER TRADITION Introduction, Presence, Inner Dissolving with Bill Ryan Sunday, March 16, 2014 Introduction to Taoist Water Method Meditation, 12:30-1:30pm Presence, Level 1 - Instruction & Practice, 1:45 - 3:00 pm Presence, Level 2 - Instruction & Practice, 3:15 - 4:30 pm Inner Dissolving, Level 1 - Practice, 4:45-6:00 pm   You may attend any or all of the sections of this event for which you meet the prerequisites listed below. The ... [Continue Reading]

Xingyi: Horse, February 8 with Marcus Opalenik

with Marcus Opalenik Saturday, February 8, 2014 3:00pm - 6:00pm $75/$65 for members This seminar will focus on the nei gong components derived from the He Bei style forms. Check out the video for more details: Xingyi with Marcus Opalenik: ... [Continue Reading]

The Inner Form of Grasp Sparrow’s Tail with Nate Hribar – February 16, 2014

with Nate Hribar Sunday, February 16, 2014 10:00am - 1:00pm $75/$65 for members   In this workshop series, Nate will take you through several key internal components of Tai Chi. The challenge, when we learn to pulse, twist, or lengthen, is that it's hard to activate and feel these principles when you are also trying to "do your form." Nate will show you how to work back and forth between principles and form to integrate deeper, more fluid, and more connected movement into your ... [Continue Reading]