Kai Chi Do without Music?

The Lovable Francine

 

I just wanted to share a recent experience at my last Kai Chi Do class.  This experience taught me the importance of dropping out of the monkey mind and and stepping into the LOVE and allowing the WORLD to meet YOU.

I began the practice with The End of Suffering, only to have my music source die as we started to enter the hand positions for the Future.  After scrambling for a few minutes I let it all go and reassembled everyone who showed up to bring us back to finishing the opening root. Into the hand positions of the FUTURE and as I am feeling the anxiety and anxiousness of how this is all going to happen without music, I surrender to the moment.  I surrender the perception that I need music (a playlist) to do Kai Chi Do.  I surrender to the love and laugh, and then breathe and allow the group to meet me as we embark upon the journey of our breath together as ONE.

It was one of the most powerful circles in teaching me the importance of allowing what is and allowing the LOVE/WORLD to meet me and share what comes through, knowing it is.

Blessings my fellow teachers. XO

Francine Brown

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Listen to your bodyAt the start of each Kai Chi Do session, Charles reminds us to listen to our bodies.  This is so important!

First of all, it’s so much more fun when we’re not pressuring ourselves to do more than what feels right.

Second, it helps us learn self-regulation, how we can modify the intensity of our own experience by varying our movements and breath.

And third, learning to listen to the signals of our body is part of what keeps us safe in the world.   The New York Times made this point strongly in an article this week entitled How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body.

I don’t really know why people try to push themselves into positions (or places) that don’t feel good.  Is there some kind of rule that says you have to?  If someone, somewhere, made that rule and is trying to put that on you – just give your attention to your inner teacher instead.

And if you haven’t already checked them out, we have a few great old posts about doing Kai Chi Do the easy way.   We like easy.

Yoga in Nature’s Way photo by Tony Gladvin George on Flickr Creative Commons.

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Kai Chi Do is meditation in movement, a kind of aerobic yoga – helping you to connect with yourself, your Source, and others.

In this video, Charles Robinson leads you in some of the Kai Chi Do Basics. He introduces the powerful SA breath to help calm your mind and release resistance, and a few of the basic movements of Kai Chi Do: Chi Circles facing the Earth, Chi Circles facing the sky, Crossovers, Side Strikes, and Thrusts.

The music is “Sacred – Horns and Flutes” by The Beastmaster.

Give it a try and see how you feel! Free the Chi!

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Kai Chi Do is not something you watch.  It’s something you DO!   So we created a little warm up video.  Get up outta your chair and give it a try!  Pretend it’s your own little Wii Fit.  Get the energy flowing, and learn some of the basic movements and breaths of Kai Chi Do.

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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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