These are thank you notes that we have received from students and participants.
“Much praise.I must tell you both how much I enjoy your Tai Chi for Arthritis and Gentle Yoga classes. I have found that both classes have helped me move and be active again and my life is greatly improved. I have been taking Tai Chi on Monday mornings since October. Once I started with the gentle movements of Tai Chi, I found that I could move easier and more movement led to the Easy Yoga class on Wednesday morning.Having arthritis in my knees and hips, I find both classes help me be more mobile and the breathing and quiet meditation help me to de-stress. I’ve learned so much from Tai Chi and Yoga. Both practices have really enriched my life and I feel stronger and happy and I am enjoying life so much more. Thank you both.” – Stella L.
– Emma B.
I’m sending this e mail regarding the Olympic Camp that was held in August. My daughter Julia attended the Camp and even though the camp was two months ago I strongly feel the need to let all who was involved in this camp know how it has changed her! Julia had just graduated 5th grade and although she had done great academically in school, her year had been challenging as she had been repeatedly bullied in school by the same boy and then had to start to wear a back brace for scoliosis. She had lost self esteem as a result and rarely wanted to be the adventurous girl she once was. With the persistence and support of a friend, I signed Julia up for the Olympic Camp. At the Olympic Camp Julia participated in so many activities that she enjoyed and discovered she could do all of it wearing her brace! I feel without a doubt that it was the warm, encouraging and nurturing environment that Tracy, and everyone else involved, created for these preteens that made Julia comfortable enough to try them! She especially enjoyed the rock climbing as well as fencing which she is continuing with the instructor who taught at the camp! The Olympic Camp did much more than provide something for Julia to do for a week during the summer, it restored her faith and confidence in herself and taught her there is nothing she cannot do. She has entered the 6th grade and is doing remarkably well, volunteering for sports related activities and several school clubs, and loving fencing with Susan! Please forward this email to anyone who was involved with the Olympic Camp so that they may know how they have touched Julia’s life. I am forever grateful to all.
I hope that you will continue this wonderful camp for preteens/teens in the years to come!
With Gratitude and Thanks,”
– Janice H.
The workshop touched on a few things when it came to staying safe during a scenario where I am put in harm’s way. The idea of staying safe was founded on a principle of knowing oneself and understanding what our weaknesses or strengths are and what we would be capable of in different situations. The key concept was to get as far away from the danger that you could so that you could be safe instead of provoke a battle that might lead to life or death and that is something i was not expecting. I came in thinking I would learn to kill or escape but I really learned a more important value – to survive and to keep myself in safety’s arms. I know it may sound cliche’ but this workshop reminded me of how important every second is in this life. The blessings of reality are present in everyone’s life and anywhere despite the differences or similarities amongst us; just as those blessings are present, so are the dangers. My eyes have been opened to a new perception through this workshop.”
– Claudia M.
“Thank you for taking time out of your week to help out with VBS at CHMC. The kids loved it! Pastor Kathy did too! Enjoy the rest of summer. Thanks again.”
– Kim J.
Thank you for all you do to make our lives healthier and more pain free while making it fun and always informative. We appreciate you and all you do.
10am Tai Chi Class (Susan, Lucy, Marie, Marilyn, Cheung, Lorene, Mary Ann, Robert)”
Thank you for taking the time to speak to class 717 (IS 24) about mental & physical strength. Your contribution to the class was invaluable & we truly appreciate it! Thank you!
My name is Anna. I attended one of your morning chair yoga classes last year. I had a day off of work and tried this class with my sister. I LOVED IT!
SO…. I’m retiring mid-June and would love to join some of your events.
Can you please add me to a list so I can get a schedule of upcoming events?
Have a great day!
That early Saturday morning I remember I woke up excited! I remember when the thought entered my mind, â€œwhat is Qigong and Tai Chi all about?â€ I was eager to have my first go at Qigong. Sensei Poole first started us out with many Qigong warm-ups, stretches and some careful breathing exercises to prepare our bodies- all leading up to activating our Qi. A sudden break ensued, but at this point in time, I already felt refreshed and relaxed- wanting more! The latter portion of the morning and early afternoon Sensei Poole guided us with Rooster Crowing in the Morning, Baduanjin or Eight Pieces of Brocade, the Seven Movements of the Sky Fisherman and Becoming the Tree, to name a few.
To me, almost anyone can do Qigong, even while sitting down or in a chair. I began to see that Qigong exercises are probably some of the most gentle, calming and safest exercises for our bodies. Every part of our body is opened, released to move and relaxed, only to come back to original form. A complete cycle that I found does incorporate breathing, mind, body and spirit. One is not performing rigorous exercises stressing our joints, sinews, muscles and spine. You are not out of breath as if running, but very much in complete control of your breathing. I felt like I had a gentle, but full body workout. I was amazed that when I was performing the meditation and breathing exercises how I can clear my mind and how fast time could go by and not even realize it! Becoming the Tree, a twenty three minute and one second meditation, stood out for me. Sometimes the length of the meditation is just right and other times not long enough- leaving you wanting more.
During the whole day I felt calm and refreshed. At one point, I remember Sensei Poole used his phone to utilize an app where someone narrated a meditation. I remember when the narrator talked about our different body parts and senses. When the narrator briefly mentioned that some people may not have all their body parts or maybe lost one of their senses is when I was left in deep thought. I cannot explain it, perhaps at that moment my mind was so cleared I put myself aside and thought about a few people I personally know. I began to feel thankful for having all my senses and grateful for my healthy body. I thought about those seeking treatment for addiction or injury, those enduring post-traumatic stress disorder, maybe a sudden life event or perhaps you have cared for someone so long that you have put your own health aside. However, to remain positive, the others in our assembly made me feel very welcome and were willing to show us more. Qigong and Tai Chi can help and there are those who only want to help!
I am at peace with the fact that I am new to Shorin-ryu Karate, Qigong, Tai Chi and any meditation or breathing exercise. I am just beginning to understand how one is a part of the other. I may not know many kata or the moves associated with Qigong and Tai Chi, so I focus my effort to the controlled breathing aspects. I choose not to rush my journey, but embrace the experience with others. For me, one thing is for sure, a clear mind is just as important as our body and spirit. To this end, my experience with my first Day of Qigong was very rewarding. Perhaps my first experience and takeaway is encouraging to others. I may have taken the first step by walking into the dojo that morning, but I graciously thank Sensei Poole (with pause), for introducing me to Qigong and Tai Chi, both a wonderful, holistic and spiritual way to exercise our mind, body and spirit. Those reading my simple letter just walk into the dojo- may you leave refreshed and humbled as I!