Kai Chi Do at Bhaktifest in Madison

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Joy in the Mist

What I want to know is:  How does a guy this size leave such light footprints in wet sand?
 

Charles Robinson doing freestyle movement meditation in the morning mist.
iPhone video by Tina Snook, December 2012

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Meet the Instructor: Kentucky

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 at Bhaktifest: Photojournal

Bhaktifest Midwest was awesome!  Mitchell Manz created a beautiful photojournal of the experience that you can view on Bhaktifest’s Facebook page.  Here are some of his photos of Charles leading the group in raising energy and connecting with the heart during opening ceremonies:

Kai Chi Do at Bhaktifest: Photojournal - Charles and the group

 Kai Chi Do at Bhaktifest: Photojournal - Charles Opening Ceremonies

 Kai Chi Do at Bhaktifest: Photojournal - Raising Energy

 Kai Chi Do at Bhaktifest: Photojournal - Connecting with the Heart

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Music to Connect You

Music to Connect You - Monk at gateThe Kai Chi Do Weekend Retreat last weekend was phenomenal!

Every Retreat is different, but we’ve seen time and time again that each group is the perfect combination of people.  We become a community as we own the reflection of ourselves in each other – the struggles that are familiar and resonate in our own experience, the tears that speak for all of us, the authenticity that inspires us all to courage, the kindness and compassion that transforms us, as we love people anyway, as we love ourselves anyway, in spite of our flaws and our missteps, in our joy as well as our terror.

We are powerful beyond our wildest imaginations.  And when we’re a community, that’s when the real magic happens.  Perhaps you can feel it too – in the music.

Root Meditation
The End of Suffering…………..by Gary Malkin and Thich Nhat Hanh
Padmasambhava……………….by k-liv on jamendo.com
Tara………………………………..by k-liv
Kyosui (O-daiko)……………….by Kodo
Mantra – Om Namaha Shivay.by Vyanah. Full CD available on vyanah.com
River Run…………………………by Paul Winter Consort
Om Mani Padme Hum…………by Jonathan Goldman
Glass Idol…………………………by Paul Hoppe and Tim Wheater
Moola Mantra Incantation…..by Deva Premal
Moola Mantra Invocation……by Deva Premal

Saturday Morning Kai Chi Do
The End of Suffering…………..by Gary Malkin and Thich Nhat Hanh
Open Minded Medal…………..by Kellee Maize (I love this!)
This Little Light of Mine……..by Gospel Dream
A Oracao Do Amor…………….by Iras
Everything is in You…………..by Jai Uttal
Amma (Extended Mix)……….by James Asher
Hara Hara Bom…………………by Jai Uttal
All I’m Sayin’…………………….by Spinnaface, on the Free Music Archive
Crazy Beatz………………………by L&M Project
Enur (featuring Natasja)…….by Calabria
House that Body………………..Eddie Thoneick presents Elementis
Rain in the Sun………………….by David Gordon
5 Minute Power Meditation…Music for Meditation and Relaxation
Journey to Shambala………….by Oliver Shanti and Friends
Superhero…………………………by Flooze
Ave Maria…………………………by Icons of R&B
Javanese Lullaby……………….by Cory Alan Carlick

Fire Meditation
Gopala Lullaby…………………..by Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach
Shakti……………………………….by Wah!
Prayer to the Buddha Maitreya by Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach
Jai Kali Ma…………………………by Bhagavan Das
Prayer to Shakyamuni………….by Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach
Om Namo Bhagavate……………by Desert Dwellers
Lilies on the Lake………………..by Michael Hoppe and Tim Wheater
Rain in the Sun……………………by David Gordon
Lotus Call Part 1………………….by Budi Siebert
Mantra………………………………by Krishna Das
Being and Time……………………by Swear and Shake

Sunday morning Kai Chi Do
The End of Suffering…………..by Gary Malkin and Thich Nhat Hanh
Sri Suktam………………………..by Shanti Shanti
African Skies…………………….by African Tribal Orchestra
Kali Maheshwari………………..by Lokah
Amma (Extended Mix)……….by James Asher
Karuna Sagari Ma……………….by C.C. White
Hara Hara Bom…………………by Jai Uttal
Dance Shiva Dance……………..by Jai Uttal
Varanasi…………………………..by Naid
It’s About Love………………….by C.C. White
Kebab Connection………………by dunkelbunt
At Sunrise…………………………by Desert Pearl
The Beauty Way…………………by Douglas Spotted Eagle and James Bilogody
Shanti (Peace Out)………………by MC Yogi
Blessed Be the Rain……………..by Miriam Venus
Psalms 23………………………….by India Arie and MC Lyte
Javanese Lullaby……………….by Cory Alan Carlick

Many Blessings!

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Photo:  “Paradise is Here!” by Eddi van W. on Flickr Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

 

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