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]