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Valley Spirit Taijiquan Journal/Blog

February 2004

Index to the Valley Spirit Taijiquan Journal


By
Michael P. Garofalo

 

February 20 - 29, 2004


Relapse of acute bronchitis - quite ill for many days.   

 

 

February 20, 2004, Friday



"Any single repetitive pattern tends to distort the open-ended flexibility of the entire
system.  Let us be on our guard against adopting any particular posture, mode of 
exercise, or repetitive discipline as being perfect, or ideal, or best.  Only constant
variation
calls the full alertness of the system into being.  It is, after all, constant 
variation that we are called upon to cope with throughout our lives, a condition from
which we can only partially insulate ourselves no matter how hard we many try to 
cling to models, and no matter how "right" those models appear to be from a 
particular theoretical point of view.

Any set pattern, no matter how good it looks on paper, is a fixation that threatens
to be crushed by its own existence to the onrush of things and events.  The goal
of bodywork should not be to impose universalized standards of posture and 
movement upon an individual, but rather to help the individual to cultivate the
mental awareness and flexibility to continually adapt to the changing needs of 
the moment."
-  Dean Juhan, Job's Body: The Handbook for Bodywork, 1987, p. 142.  

 

February 19, 2004, Thursday


Arranged with Gudrun Volpat for a session of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy.  
She is doing a practicum for her teaching certificate and needs to work with
volunteers.  I filled out the questionairre and watched the videotape she provided.   
Attended yoga classes on Tusday and Thursday evening after a weightlifting 
workout.  

 

 

February 18, 2004, Wednesday


Update the Tai Chi for Health webpage.  

 

February 16, 2004, Monday


Worked on my notes and handouts for teaching the 24 Form.

 

February 15, 2004, Sunday


Added links and notes to the Tai Chi Sword webpage.

 

February 14, 2004, Saturday


Added links and notes to the Tai Chi for Diabetes webpage.

 

February 13, 2004, Friday


Valentine's Day!  A cool and overcast day for a return to normal activities.  

Presented my Taijiquuan and Qigong teaching portfolio and interviewed with the program 
coordinator at TFFC in Red Bluff.    

A number of my haiku poems will be published in Simply Haiku in March.  A selection of
my short poems is available at Cuttings.      

 

February 7 - 13, 2004, 


All my time and energy has been used to recover from the flu - high temperature, 
weakness, coughing, headache, overall muscular aches and pain, bronchitis like 
symptoms, and a painful earache.  My physician was very worried I might be headed towards 
viral pneumonia - which I have very slowly recovered from twice in the past.  

Rest, medication, warmth, and lots of warm liquids were my health regimen.
Not being able to breathe properly is a absolute stopper!  I am so fortunate to have good
medical support, a cozy home, a caregiving spouse, and ample retirement time to recover.  
No physical exercise, taijiquan or qigong for 6 days.   Extra warm fluids and extra protein.   

I am always amazed to read about the high incidence of illness and death due to the flu 
among older people during the winter months.  Is it the cold? the flu?  the combination?

Keep Warm Keep Well

Staying Healthy With the Seasons.   By Elson M. Haas, M.D.,  Berkeley, Celestial Arts
Press, 1983, 2004.   266 pages.  ISBN:

 

  

 

 

February 6, 2004,  Friday


"I liked your article on the Eight Section Brocade.  It is now included on my site."
-   Dean Johnson, Qigong Association of America, 6 February 2004

Updated a few links in my Qigong bibliography.

 

Added information and links to my webpage on the Tai Chi Chuan Sword.

Got a needed good laugh from "Holy Trilogy of the Karate Kid" by Bill Simmons.  

 

 

 

February 5, 2004,  Thursday


Added information and links to my article on the Eight Section Brocade.

 

February 4, 2004,  Wednesday


Added information and links to my webpage on the Tai Chi Sword.

 

February 3, 2004,  Tuesday


Added information and links to my webpage on Taijiquan and Health.

 

February 2, 2004,  Monday


I always enjoy reading the Tai Chi Productions Newsletter, edited by Dr. Paul Lam.

Updated my webpage on The Thirteen Postures: 8 Gates and 5 Steps.

Added a few more entries to Tai Chi 24 Form.

 

 

February 1, 2004,  Sunday


In the 1990's I worked out a few times at a Taji studio in Orange County.  The teacher
was very skilled in Chen Taijiquan and very knowledgeable about Taoist sexual practices.  
I thought, however, that he touched students inappropriately.  For example, I saw him 
jokingly tweak a male student's nipples and chide the student for being overweight.  

I read today an interesting article by Jennifer Barrett called "The Trouble With Touch,"
in Yoga Journal, April 2003, pp. 102-107+.  It explores how teachers and students, 
while interacting through touch, might exceed implied or explicit physical or sexual 
limits.   Students might be injured, physically or mentally, by these contacts.  Good ideas
were given for avoiding some of these problems.  

 

"Students are not inferior and shouldn't look to teachers to tell them the answers
to life. They already have everything they need to unfold to their full potential."
-   Angela Farmer, The Feminine Unfolding

Solo Training: The Martial Artist's Guide to Training Alone.  By Loren W. Christensen.
Turtle Press, 2001.  304 pages.  ISBN: 1880336596.   

 

I have already written a little about some problems I have with strange and questionable
relations between "masters" and students.  The ancient Confucian and other Chinese 
models for learning need to be evaluated for their effectiveness and efficiency.  There 
is no need to be as radical and violent as the Red Guard of the 1960's in their attack 
on these old models of education and learning and power; but, we do need to be 
aware of the pitfalls of some of the traditional ways.  

Enjoyed watching the exciting Super Bowl game between the New England Patriots
and the Carolina Panthers.  Talk about Kao (Shoulder Striking) - there was some
really hard hitting in today's game.  A thriller decided in the last five seconds on 
a field goal.  Worked on my 13 Postures webpage as I watched the game on TV.

 

"There is a central idea. Merely practicing is not understanding. Seek to understand 
the human ability. Study diligently for deep ideas. The result after a long time is that 
one is able to know."  - Sun Lu Tang (1861-1932)

 


The American Yoga Association Beginner's Manual.  By Alice Christensen.   New York,
A Fireside Book, Simon and Schuster, 1987.   Glossary, index, bibliography, 203 pages.
Spiralbound.  ISBN:0671619357.  Compare the warm-ups in this book to the 
Eight Section Brocade.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Alphabetical Subject Index

 

Cloud Hands Website
   
Taijiquan, Qigong, Taoism, Classics, Weapons: Sword and Staff


Fitness and Well Being Website

      Gardening, Meditation, Walking, Yoga, Strength Training,
      Fitness for Older Persons, Aerobics, Relaxation  


The Spirit of Gardening

   
2,700 Quotes Arranged by 130 Topics, History, Guides,
     Psycho-Spiritual Aspects of Gardening 



Web Guides, Bibliographies, Links, Directories, Quotes, Notes

 


Alphabetical Subject Index

 

Aging Well   

Alphabetical Subject Index to the Cloud Hands Website   

Ancient Goddesses - Quotations, Poems, Sayings, Prayers, Songs

Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi): Tiger, Bear, Crane, Deer, and Monkey

Arthritis Therapy - Exercise: T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Chi Kung      

Bear, Standing Bear, Level 1 Ranking, Valley Spirit Taijiquan

The Bear: The Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)    

Bibliography - Ch'i Kung

Bibliography - Taijiquan

Breathing and Taijiquan     

Breathing and Yoga    

Breathwork

Buddhism and Martial Arts    

Buddhist Ethics

California (Northern) T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information

Charkas (Energy Centers of the Subtle Body)

Chan Ssu Chin - Silk Reeling    

Cheng Man-Ch'ing  (1901-1975)    

Chen Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan     

Ch'i - Breathwork

Ch'i or Qi

Ch'i Kung: Bibliography and Links    

Ch'i Kung Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California

Ch'i or Qi and Taijiquan     

Classics of T'ai Chi Ch'uan     

Cloud Hands: T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Ch'i Kung     

Cloud Hands T'ai Chi Ch'uan Journal     

Cold Mountain Poets: Wanderers, Mystics, and Sages     

Confucius (K'ung Fu-tzu)  (551 - 479 BCE)   

Crane, Soaring Crane, Intermediate Program, Level 3, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Cuttings: Short Poems by Michael P. Garofalo  

Cuttings: Above the Fog  

Dance and Taijiquan       

The Deer: The Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)    

Diabetes Therapy - Exercise: Taijiquan and Qigong   

Disclaimer of the Cloud Hands Website  

Eight Section Brocade Ch'i Kung       

Eight Silken Treasures Qigong    

Eight Trigrams and Taijiquan          

Embrace the One - Zhan Zhuang - Standing Like A Tree

Emptiness in Full Bloom    

Entering Tranquility (Ru Jing) Meditation      

Exercise - Diabetes Therapy - Taijiquan and Qigong   

Feedback, Kudos and Reviews for the Cloud Hand's Website     

Fitness and Well Being    

Fitness for Older Persons     

Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi): Tiger, Bear, Crane, Deer, and Monkey

Five Precepts of Buddhism     

Five Elements (Wu-Xing) and Taijiquan   

Five Stepping Movements of Taijiquan    

Flowers

Flowers in the Sky     

Gardening: Quotes, Poems, History, Sayings

The Four Gates: Grasping the Sparrow's Tail    

Michael P. Garofalo's Biography

Michael P. Garofalo's T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Practice    

The Goddess - Quotations, Poems, Sayings, Prayers, Songs    

Grasping the Sparrow's Tail

Green Way Research

Green Way Research - Taijiquan and Qigong        

Gu Shen Taijiquan Journal     

Gu Shen (Valley Spirit) Taijiquan Instructional Program

Haiku and Short Poems     

Hatha Yoga

Health and Fitness - T'ai Chi Ch'uan    

Hidden Tiger, Beginning Program, Level 2, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Instructional Program, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan    

Kriya Yoga    

Kundalini (Coiled Serpent) Energy

Kwang Ping Taijiquan of Kuo Lien Ying     

Links and Bibliography: Qigong    

Links and Bibliography: Taijiquan       

Long Form 108 Yang Style Taijiquan     

Master Chang San-Feng  (circa 1350)       

Master Cheng Man-Ch'ing  (1901 - 1975)    

Master Han Shan  (circa 750)    

Master Kuo Lien Ying     

Master Sun Lu-Tang   

Mastery, Self Control, Self Mastery, Choices, Will Power, Strength of Character

Meditation - General

Meditation and Breathing

Meditation and Walking    

Meditation Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California        

Meditation Methods and Techniques  

Meditation Quotations    

Meditation - Standing Like A Tree  

Meditation - Wu Ji - The Edge of Emptiness  

Michael P. Garofalo's T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Practice    

Minding the Breath

Months of the Year: Quotes, Poems, Links     

Moving Hands Like Clouds:  T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong    

Northern California T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information

Nature Mysticism   

Oak Tree in the Courtyard    

Older Persons Exercise and Well Being Programs   

Oregon T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information   

Original Cloud Hands URL    

Original Waving Hands Like Clouds URL

Pranayama: Breathing Techniques from Yoga     

Push Hands - T'ui Shou   

Qigong: Bibliography and Links    

Qigong - Breathwork

Qigong Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California        

Qigong Walking      

Qi or Ch'i and Taijiquan     

Raja Yoga

Red Bluff, Valley Spirit Taijiquan Instructional Program

Relaxation and Taijiquan     

Reviews of the Cloud Hand's Website     

Self Control, Self Mastery, Choices, Will Power

Senior Citizens Fitness Programs  

Sensing Hands: Push Hands - T'ui Shou   

Shoong, Sung, Song  - Loose, Relaxed, Open, Yielding, Responsive     

Short Form, Yang Style, Beijing Simplified 24

Silk Reeling    

Simplified 24 From, Yang Style       

Soaring Crane, Intermediate Program, Level 3, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Soulful Gardening

Speaking to the Spirit Meditation

The Spirit of Gardening    

Staff Weapons: Jo, Bo, Can, Staff, Spear    

Standing Bear, Level 1 Ranking, Valley Spirit Taijiquan

Standing Like A Tree - Zhan Zhuang

Standing Meditation (Wu Ji)

Sticking Hands - T'ui Shou   

Strength Training    

Subject Index to the Cloud Hands Website

Sun Lu-Tang   

Sun Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan     

Swordsmanship and T'ai Chi Ch'uan     

T'ai Ch'i Classics      

Tai Chi for Arthritis

Tai Chi for Diabetes

T'ai Chi Ch'uan: Bibliography and Links     

T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information, Workshops      
Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California        

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Short Form, Beijing Simplified 24, Yang Style     

T'ai Chi Ch'uan: Links and Bibliography      

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Staff     

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Sword (Jian)     

Taijiquan: Bibliography and Links      

Taijiquan - Breathwork

Taijiquan Classics      

Taijiquan For Good Health, Fitness and Vitality         

Taijiquan Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California        

Taijiquan Jian (Sword)     

Tantric Yoga

Taoism, Nature Mysticism, Alchemy      

Temple Qigong     

Thirteen Postures: 8 Gates and 5 Steps                  

Thirteen Treasures Walking Qigong       

The 300 Missing Poems of Han Shan      

The Tiger: The Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)    

Tiger, Hidden Tiger, Beginning Program, Level 2, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Tree Qigong - Zhan Zhuang - Standing Like A Tree   

Trees - Quotations, Poems, Lore, Wisdom  

24 From, Yang Style, Standard       

Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan Club        

Valley Spirit Taijiquan Journal     

Valley Spirit Taijiquan Instructional Program

Vancouver, B.C., T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools

Vitality, Health and Qigong   

Walking - General Fitness Exercise

Walking and Taijiquan     

Walking - Quotations     

Washington T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information 

Waving Hands Like Clouds:  T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong    

Will Power, Self Control, Self Mastery, Choices, Strength of Character

Wu Ji - Standing Meditation

Yang Style Taijiquan Long Form 108 Movements     

Yang Style Taijiquan Short Form 24 Movements       

Yin-Yang Sensitivity Training: Sticking Hands - T'ui Shou   

Yoga   

Yoga - Breathwork

Yoga - Hatha   

Yoga - Kriya

Yoga -Tantric

Yoga-Taiji Index

Zhan Zhuang - Standing Like A Tree

Zen Poetry       

Zen Buddhist Quotations   

 

 

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Cities in the area: Oroville, Paradise, Durham, Chico, Hamilton City, Orland, Willows, 
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Green Way Research   

Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Cloud Hands: T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Ch'i Kung