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Meet the Instructor: Kentucky, Tamara Newman

Tamara Newman, Kai Chi Do Instructor, Kentucky

Gentle, loving Tamara Newman has brought Kai Chi Do to Kentucky.  Yes, we said Kentucky! Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, home of the Kentucky Derby and lots of great bluegrass music.   Well, Kentucky has something else to bring them pride  – They’ve got Tamara.  You won’t find a sweeter soul anywhere on Earth.  Intuitive, caring, and wow – seriously fit!  We are so grateful that she is a part of this Kai Chi Do family!

Here’s what Tamara wants you to know about Kai Chi Do:

Kai Chi Do is a magical experience that brings happiness, fun and connection to a world that is longing for it. It is a process that allows you to let go of thoughts and emotions you didn’t even realize you were holding on to.

When I first experienced Kai Chi Do I was in a confused and lost place. The world wasn’t making much sense at all.  Kai Chi Do breathed life back into my body and mind. I felt a connection to life again in a way that is inexplicable. I knew this experience was meant to be shared with as many people as possible and I wanted to be the one who brought this process to them. I couldn’t wait to be an instructor and learn how to give this feeling to anyone and everyone who needed it.

Kai Chi Do is like a recipe for freedom. Music, simple movements and breath, in a circle, that’s it. It is amazing how something so simple can be so powerful.

I have brought Kai Chi Do to Louisville, Kentucky and in just a few weeks I had a consistent following. People said they couldn’t imagine a better way to start their weekend off. After the process people hug me and say thank you with such delight in their voice. One person said “I just feel so happy” with the biggest smile on their face and I said “exactly”.

Tamara Newman teaches Kai Chi Do in Louisville, Kentucky at Cherokee Park by Hogan’s Fountain. To get more information please visit meetup.com/kaichidolouisville/  and give Tamara a hug from us!

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Kai Chi Do Root

In Kai Chi Do, the Root Element uses self-healing touch to bring you into the present moment and begin the process of harmonizing Spirit and Body.

We’ve posted a 7 minute video on YouTube that will guide you.   Give it a try and see how you feel…

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I came late to the Kai Chi Do party.  Charles was doing Kai Chi Do for decades before I got involved.  I enjoyed watching!  But I was afraid to try it.  I was afraid of exercise.

I was the kid who was the last one picked for teams in phys ed.   And, as a matter of fact, I skipped phys ed for the last two years I spent in high school.

When I was a teenager, my big exercise was walking.  I walked everywhere because I left home before I was old enough to get a driver’s license.  I sometimes rode a bicycle – because it was faster than walking.  And I enjoyed dancing (although dancing in public music venues was a little bit like high school – The singer in our favorite band nicknamed me “The Worm”.)

Once I got a driver’s license, all those big muscle groups started to, well, soften.  (They weren’t exactly firm to begin with). I prided myself on fine motor coordination skills – the little movements that take place mostly in your eyes and the tips of your fingers.  Exercise was too much like work.

Once I finally got up the courage to give Kai Chi Do a try, it was work!  I had to learn how to pace myself, so that I could enjoy Kai Chi Do without feeling strained.  Once I did that, it was a turning point.  That’s when I got hooked.

I have to admit that I’m still not fond of exercise – although I think there’s a lot of truth to “use it or lose it” when it comes to our bodies and my body feels a little tighter and more contracted if I miss a week of Kai Chi Do.  But it’s not the physical benefits that keep me doing Kai Chi Do.

I don’t do it for my heart or my lungs or my strength or circulation.  I do Kai Chi Do because I like what it does to my head.

My mind gets quiet and calm.  It lets me release thoughts that are causing me stress or pain and discover what’s left when those are gone.  (Do you know what’s left when those are gone?) It’s an altered state of consciousness for me, a shift in perspective that feels pure – without contradiction.  It feels open to receive.

Kai Chi Do is a tool for us.  It’s one of many that we use to follow a certain path in our lives.  A spiritual path – one that keeps us grounded and in Spirit at the same time.  A path of relationships.  We were on that path together long before I ever did Kai Chi Do.   The path is a feeling that we call Connection.

And that’s why I do Kai Chi Do.  Because it gives me that feeling.

Why do you do Kai Chi Do?  Use the comments link and please tell us:  How does it make you feel?

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Kai Chi Do and your own truth

For life is a creative idea;
it can only find itself in changing forms.
Rabindranath Tagore

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Where do you find your own truth?

Kai Chi Do is the free spirit way.  We don’t say, “you have to believe in this” or “you have to believe in that.” Our work, in essence, is to help people find their own inner guidance and to begin to trust that connection, and then from there, take action.

The first connection is with ourselves, to listen, to make decisions, to choose things that feel right to focus on.  All of that is so valuable in cultivating your relationship with yourself.  We see it as cultivation of a relationship with your own truth.

Great teachers have said there is no separation. We are all one and the same. That is the invitation for all of us.

If you think that your teacher or your God is outside of you, that’s where you enter into a parental relationship with the Divine.  And then you develop the myth of a personality.  You look for a personality to guide you or to be an outward expression of Divinity, to make decisions for you.

We believe that inner guidance comes from a very free place, a place that is true to each one of us, in each moment.

Synchronicities are evidence of our connection, but they also demonstrate how we have actually come into a place of cooperation with each other.  There’s an agreement that transcends intellectual understanding.   There’s a much deeper agreement that we all have with one another.  It transcends our loneliness.

When you experience the connection between all of us, you discover that you’re not alone. For me, that feels very comforting. It validates the heart.

Kai Chi Do is a way of practicing and being in that space of freedom where you can experience the purity of the message. To honor that connection to the Divine. And also honoring yourself.  Honoring the unique precious constellation of your own identity. And nourishing the heart.

Photo by a sea of red rabbits on Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

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Balance: Holding Center While the World Goes Round

I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.
Thich Nhat Hanh

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Our dear friend Tina talked to us today about how much she loves the Kai Chi Do movement called “Holding Center while the World Goes Round”.  The truly magical thing about the movement is that you can FEEL that balance between centeredness and motion – the balance between your connection to Source and Self  and your connection to the world around you.

So often we fall off center, so to speak – trapped in the busy-ness of it all.  Overwhelmed by the tasks…and the personalities…and the schedule…and the hubbub.  And it’s confusing and you feel scattered and kinda dizzy.

And then you react and rebel and say we need to get back to the garden.  We need to get more spiritual.  We need to sit in high lotus.

But God is not an escape.

We see people try to get rid of their ego in order to be more spiritual.   They think the ego is the enemy.  But it doesn’t work.  Naturally, the ego puts up a fight.  And then you’re trapped in a struggle – rejecting a part of yourself.

The ego is the mathematical mind.  It likes to organize and calculate.   It really just wants a job!   And it is capable of such diligent service!

So we put it to work.  The ego is assigned the job of making Spirit tangible, bringing it down to Earth.  Instead of an ego that separates you from your Self and others, we give the ego the job of creating union.  We give the ego the job of reconciliation.

“Holding center while the world goes round” is about keeping your balance.  It’s not about choosing between the physical and the spiritual.   It’s about filling your everyday life with Spirit.  It’s about integrating the Divine and the human aspects of yourself.

Tina says it sometimes feels “exquisitely beautiful and exquisitely painful at the same time.”

photo of HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche by Wonderlane on Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

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