Caroline Ruderman is a reiki practitioner who works across the hall from Toward Harmony. She recently invited me to appear on her radio show Energy Matters, which airs every Friday at 4pm on Valley Free Radio, WXOJ 103.3 FM. On the show, Caroline interviews local practitioners of various healing arts and modalities. She is an excellent host and interviewer, and we had a great conversation.Read More
Balance and harmony are the essence of what we teach.
Initially, our arts can help you find physical and energetic balance - and better health - within you.
Further study can lead you toward emotional, mental, and even spiritual balance, as well as harmony with nature.
As you gain greater balance within, you’ll naturally help balance those around you.
Our tradition says: Balance yourself. Balance your family. Balance your community. Balance the world.
For more on our tradition and balance, click here.
We offer this blog as a resource for those who seek harmony and balance. We’ll share our thoughts and experiences and invite you to do the same.
Many of our students have told us that qigong and tai chi have helped them to deal with anxiety - especially the anxiety around having a major medical issue. Some of our students have mentioned this as one of the greatest benefits they’ve found in their practice.
I can identify with this. Though I have not experienced severe clinical anxiety, I have struggled with anxiety throughout my life, and qigong and tai chi have helped tremendously. In addition to providing much relief, the practices have helped me to develop the internal awareness to be more present with uncomfortable feelings and identify when I am experiencing anxiety.Read More
NPR recently ran a piece about how bending from the hips, rather than the waist can help people avoid straining their backs. If you google ‘hip-hinge,’ you’ll see that a lot of people in the fitness world have been writing about it as well.
This a fundamental skill in tai chi and qigong. We call it 'folding from the kwa,’ and we teach it with an emphasis on relaxation and healthy postural alignment.
Kwa is a Chinese term that refers to an area of the body that extends from the inguinal groove (the crease in the front of your body where each leg meets your torso) through the inside of the body to the crest of the pelvis. It includes the hip joint, the iliopsoas and adductor muscle groups, and other structures in and around this area, including the largest collection of lymph nodes in the body.
When the kwa is supple and well integrated into the movements of your body, it facilitates the smooth transfer of power from the legs through the spine and upper body. When the kwa is tight or not being used well, a multitude of problems can arise, including undue pressure on the knees and spine.Read More
I want to share with you some ideas about posture which have stood the test of time in a serious way. There is a longstanding tradition from China of standing for prolonged periods of time as a health exercise. And these postural principles, which have been refined over thousands of years, are radically different from the predominant posture advice of our age.Read More
Stress happens. Fortunately, you can learn to deal with stress more effectively. Tai chi and qigong are excellent tools for this purpose.
What is stress, really? There are many definitions out there, but stress is commonly defined as strain or tension in response to a challenge.Read More
The predominant model of a healthy body today, at least in western culture, is based on having strong muscles. Having a tight, hard, muscular body is associated with health and fitness.
Yet the ancient Chinese who developed qigong - and much later, tai chi - used the young child’s body as a model for health and movement.Read More
One of the greatest things about tai chi and qigong is that they bring together people of different generations. People of all ages, from small children to centenarians, do tai chi and qigong.Read More