Gravity Sucks… (Pun Intended)

Gravity Sucks… (Pun Intended)                                                                                 

Gravity's Effects on the Human Body

Gravity’s Effects on the Human Body

Gravity’s Effects on the Human Body

Did you know that gravity accelerates at 32.2 feet per second or 32.2 feet/sec2 on the body.  This is one of the reasons that Tai Chi should be taught with the most precise principles of correct bio-mechanical and structural alignment in every movement.  

Just like the 2×4’s that hold up the structure of your house, the health of your body is dependent on the correct alignment of your skeletal structure.  As you age, your structure begins to incrementally collapse under the pressure of gravity.  

Most of us know someone either in our own family or a friend who seems to have shrunk with age; they are literally shorter than they were in their youth.  Did you know that your physical body is shrinking right now?  In fact, every morning when you get out of bed you are taller than you were the night before.   But by the end of the day, you are about 1/2 inch shorter!

The real problem begins when we lean — whether to the front, back, or side to side. Without correct training, most if not all people tend to lean in one way or another. However, when we begin to adjust the way we move and the way we hold our body, we begin to work with gravity and not against it.  

Remember: Gravity will always win the never-ending struggle against it — unless we know the rules.  

 

Tai Chi, when taught correctly, will help you use your body to move gravity through the right channels through correct body alignment.  This practice is good for everybody. No matter what activities in life you do, or what sport you may practice, these principles can be used to make you more effective and efficient in everything.  These important principles will also give you many benefits for a variety of health issues as well, including but not limited to: balance issues,  arthritis, low bone density, breast cancer, heart and vascular disease, hypertension, Parkinson’s, sleep problems, and stroke prevention and recovery (as studies at leading international medical institutions have shown).

The Yinqiaomai

The Yinqiaomai

In this short video below, Dr John Fung, 6th Generation Lineage Holder “Imperial Yang Family Tai Chi” will demonstrate how we can harness the power of gravity to obtain Martial Power as well.

Video Link>>> Zhong Ding and Gravity

Instead of Pushing against your opponent, use GRAVITY.  Don’t push against your opponent.  An illustration on how to use your weight for attack, and how to use your weight for stability.

 

Gravity Sucks!

Gravity Sucks… (Pun Intended)

As you go through the day, gravity’s effects are pulling you down, or more correctly, literally sucking you toward the center of Earth.   Yes, Gravity Sucks… (Pun Intended).  So, when you finally lie down to go to sleep, your spine has a chance to stretch back to your full height.  

Gravity will always be all around us and in us.  It keeps us safely on the surface of the Earth and prevents us from floating out into space. Gravity keeps the Moon at a perfect distance from the Earth, and keeps the Earth moving in its orbit around the Sun. Life on Earth would certainly not be the same without it!

So, the real question is: “How can I train my body to work with Gravity?” 

And the answer is Tai Chi, because when taught and practiced correctly, Tai Chi specifically rearranges your body’s bones and tissues to structurally allow gravity to pass through you, instead of into you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retreat Schedule of Events

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Tai Chi Retreat – Schedule of Events

Dates: July 31th through August 4th 2015

Purchase your DAY PASS now – Day passes include entrance to all Tai Chi Workshops / Events + 3 meals and a snack

ALL DAY PASS – $125.00 (Sat, Sun, or Mon) 3 meals + snack  


TUESDAY MORNING ONLY – $85.00 


Please contact us to get driving directions to Catamount Mountain Campus in Woodland Park.

Retreat Schedule of Events for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Friday, July 31th

2 to 4pm – Arrival/Welcome/Sign In/Free Time

Sign In at the lodge, find assigned room and relax.

5:30 to 6:30pm – Dinner in the lodge  

6:45 to 7:45pm – Unplug and re-connect with Sifu Michael

Please leave cell phones in your room…

Goodnight

 

Saturday, August 1st

8 to 8:30am – Tai Chi Warm Up with Howard

8:30 to 9:30am – Breakfast in the lodge

10 to 10:15am – Shen,Yi & Qi of Grandmaster Wei Shuren with Sifu Michael

10:15 to 11:30am – Tai Chi Energetics “Old Six Roads” with Sifu Michael

11:30 to 12:30pm – Free Time – Options (not included in retreat package) Craniosacral Therapy with Susan Blue,  and Massage Therapy & Thai Yoga Bodywork with Christina Wilson

12:30 to 1:30pm – Lunch in the lodge

2 to 3:00pm – Empty Hands (Rou Shou) with Sifu Michael

3 to 5:30pm – Free Time

5:30 to 6:30pm – Dinner in the Lodge

6:30 to 8:30pm – Wildflower and Ute Culture hike with Julie Francis (focus is on the wild flowers and ecology)

Goodnight!

 

Sunday, August 2nd

8 to 8:30am – Tai Chi warm up with Howard

8:30 to 9:30am – Breakfast in the lodge

9:45 to 10:15am – 108 Long Form with Howard

10:30 to 11:30pm – Tai Chi Walking / Hiking  (focus is on correct weight distribution, balance and body alignment) with Sifu Michael

11:30 to 12:30pm – Free Time

12:30 to 1:30pm – Lunch in the lodge

2 to 3:30pm – Meditation by Sun Mountain Shanga – brief welcome followed by 20 minutes of guided meditation & 10 minutes of walking meditation.  Another 20 minutes of sitting followed by 20 minutes of dharma discussion.

4 to 5pm – Tai Chi Energetics “Old Six Roads” with Sifu Michael

5:30 to 6:30pm – Dinner in the lodge

7pm – Sound healing with Sifu Michael

Goodnight!

 

Monday, August 3rd

6 to 8:30am – Sunrise Hike up Raspberry Mountain with Howard

 8:30 to 9:30am – Breakfast in the lodge

9:45 – 10:15am – Tai Chi Warm Up with Sifu Michael

10:15 to 11:15am – Empty Hands (Rou Shou) with Sifu Michael

11:30 to 12:30 – Free Time

12:30 to 1:30pm – Lunch in the lodge

2 to 2:45pm – Feng Song Gong, with Etha

3 to 3:15pm – Shen Yi & Qi of Grandmaster Wei Shuren with Sifu Michael

3:15 to 4:15pm – Tai Chi Energetics “Old Six Roads” with Sifu Michael

4:15 to 5:30pm – Free Time

5:30 to 6:30pm – Dinner in the Lodge

6:45 to 7:15pm – 108 long form with Howard

 

Tuesday, August 4th

8 to 8:30am – Tai Chi warm up with Howard

8:30 to 9:00am – 108 Long Form by the lake with Howard

10 to 11am – Brunch in the lodge

11 to 12 noon – Nature Connection / Earthing Session with Sifu Michael

12 to 1pm – Re-enter the matrix (how plug-in again and keep centered) with Sifu Michael

1 to 2pm – Check Out & Goodbyes