Qigong Workshop, Sunday June 2, 2019

Qigong Workshop
Date: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Time: 1-5pm
Cost: $60
Location: Regent Health Centre, 150 Locke St. South
Prerequisite: None

Please contact me to let me know you'd like to attend: smithmk2@gmail.com, (905) 521-0043, or in person.

It's time to ease into Summer! This workshop will focus on Five Elements Qigong, a routine designed to help us build leg strength and harmonize us with the warm and rich energies of this season. We'll also work with standing and sitting Qigong meditation, forms designed to relax and focus our minds and refresh our spirits.

Holiday Reminder, Construction Information, Acupressure Routines, and a Cool Video About the Nervous System

....that is quite a title!

A reminder that classes are on hold for this upcoming weekend. There will be no classes on Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11, and Monday, May 13, 2019. All other classes will run as usual throughout the month of May, including the holiday weekend.

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There's been an update about upcoming construction plans for Locke Street. This is my best information as of this time (note I didn't write this—this comes from the construction folks):

Locke street will be CLOSED between Canada and Melbourne Streets starting on May 21st, 2019. ( just after the long weekend). THESE SIDE STREETS WILL BE CONVERTED TO TWO WAY TRAFFIC AS PER THE ATTACHED PLAN TO ASSIST WITH ACCESS. Your patrons/visitors to the area can still gain access
Access to Locke Street from Main will remain open up to Canada street during this time as well. 
This closure is the first phase of works to allow the contractor full access to begin the underground works along the west side ( new watermain and water services) and catch basins along this side as well. 
Within these limits of the closure, sidewalks will remain open so that people can still get to their destinations. 
So the easiest way for patrons/visitors to Locke street should be Melbourne to Poulette to the parking lot behind Star Bucks and head over to Blessings Church at Stanley and Locke via Chatham street.
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This past Monday we ran through an acupressure routine for the jaw, neck, and ear. This routine comes from a wonderful collection that is extremely handy for a wide variety of issues. It's always a great idea to learn more about points, how to find them on yourself, and how to use sequences of points massage to help heal yourself. Learn how to deal with headache, local pain, and nervous system issues like insomnia here at Free Online Acupressure

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We talk a lot in class about the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems (at least, I feel like I talk about them a lot), but there are some fascinating new emerging theories about how they work. In this lecture from Nerd Nite, Seth Porges delivers a ton of helpful information about the nervous system, fight, flight, and freeze states, how these states influence perception, and the lingering effects of trauma on the body. (Sidebar: there's one little section where for some reason Porges decides to rip on the concepts of chi and the chakras...honestly I really wish scientists would refrain from comment on fields in which they have no training. But he does have a ton of cool things to say about the vagus nerve, so definitely worth a listen.)

For those of you who are studying push hands, one way to view that practice is to understand that we're trying to learn how to fight while remaining in the green light / relaxed state. Quite a trick! (And the reason why it takes so much training.)

Enjoy!


2019 Easter Weekend, Beginner's Classes, and May Schedule

I hope everyone is enjoying the heck out of spring! Some information on what's going on at the Regent Centre:

Easter Weekend Classes

There will be NO classes on Good Friday, April 19, 2019. 

Classes on Saturday, April 20 and Monday, April 22 will run as usual. 

The Spiritual Development workshop will run as planned on Sunday, April 21st, 1-4pm. (If you haven't already let me know you plan to attend that workshop, please do!)


Beginner's Classes

The new round of beginner's classes that Gillianne and I tried to launch at the beginning of April seem to have gone by the wayside. We blame the construction on Locke Street! We know it makes it very difficult for people to access the Centre. For now, we're putting new beginner's classes on hold. The Saturday class (2-3pm) and the Wednesday class (2:00-3:15) will both be open practice sessions for anyone who wants to attend. For the past week or so, that has meant intermediate Tai Chi training. Please come by for lessons that will meet you at your level! 

Brand new beginner's classes will be on indefinite hold, until the parking situation on Locke Street gets a little bit more reasonable.


May Workshop

By request, the topic of the May 5, 2019 workshop will be Lok Hup Ba Fa. More information:

Lok Hup Ba Fa Workshop
Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Time: 1-5pm
Cost: $60
Location: Regent Health Centre, 150 Locke St. South
Prerequisite: Previous training in Lok Hup Ba Fa



Please contact me to let me know you'd like to attend: smithmk2@gmail.com, (905) 521-0043, or in person.

This workshop will focus on polishing, refining, and smoothing out the lumps from our Lok Hup Ba Fa practice. If you've studied Lok Hup before, whether with me at the Regent Centre or elsewhere, this is your opportunity to revisit and reconnect with this challenging and invigorating set! 


May Class Cancellations

I will be out of town and there will be no classes on Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11, and Monday, May 13, 2019. 


Construction Info

As of now, it looks like the construction on Locke Street will be ongoing into the fall. The Centre has received a heads up that there may be a day or two in the future where, due to the sidewalk replacement out front, the building might not be accessible. We might not know until the same day when this is going to happen. I can inform you by placing a notice on the website at taichionlocke.blogspot.com, but that won't be timely, since these posts take a few hours to end up in your email inbox. I'm compiling an email list of your addresses if you want me to keep you updated directly with regard to any construction news. Email me at smithmk2@gmail.com and ask that your name be added to the list! 

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Upcoming Workshop Reminders

A quick (and belated) reminder that the Spiritual Development workshop will run as usual March 24, from 1-4pm. If you plan to attend, and you haven't let me know already, please do!

The April workshop will focus on Lok Hup Ba Fa. If you've worked on the set previously, and you'd like to polish it, this your time! Details:


Lok Hup Ba Fa Workshop
Date: Sunday, April 7, 2018
Time: 1-5pm
Cost: $60
Location: Regent Health Centre, 150 Locke St. South
Prerequisite: Previous training in Lok Hup Ba Fa



This workshop will focus on polishing, refining, and smoothing out the lumps from our Lok Hup Ba Fa practice. If you've studied Lok Hup before, whether with me at the Regent Centre or elsewhere, this is your opportunity to revisit and reconnect with this challenging and invigorating set!


Contact me for more information or to register at smithmk2@gmail.com, (905) 521-0043, or in person.

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New Tai Chi Beginners Classes Start April 2019

If you've been wanting to take Tai Chi from the very beginning but haven't been sure when to start, now's your time! Or rather, the first week of April, 2019.

Tai Chi is a wonderful way to get a whole-body workout, and to challenge yourself to learn a new way of moving that will help you with everything you need to do throughout your day. Tai Chi is a great way to improve lower body strength and flexibility, remobilize stiff joints, and undo injuries (old and new!) and the effects of chronic stresses and strains. The form we do is 108 moves long, and is for anyone who wants to sink into a substantial practice.

The new Tai Chi Beginner's Cycle will start on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019. Classes will run on Wednesdays at 2:15-3:30pm, and Saturdays from 2-3pm. Your monthly fee ($40 regular; $20 students / financial need / people on ODSP) covers you for all Beginner's classes and, if you wish, Qigong classes on Mondays (11:15-12:15pm) and Fridays (3-4pm).

To register, or for more information, contact Melissa Smith at (905) 521-0043 or smithmk2@gmail.com.

Learn more about what Tai Chi and Qigong can do for you here.

Holiday Weekend Classes are On + Upcoming Workshops

Dear All,

I've had a couple of people ask after classes this coming weekend, particularly the holiday Monday. All classes are running as usual, including classes on Monday, February 18, 2019. Note that I am away this weekend, but Gillianne and Vince will be covering classes. Please come out if you can and support them, and your own practice! It's always good to work out regardless of whether I'm there or not!

Mark Your Calendars:

The Spiritual Development workshop, which was originally scheduled for this coming Sunday, will run on February 24, 2019. This workshop runs from my home. This time around we'll be focusing on ways to welcome in the fresh energies of the Lunar New Year.

On Sunday, March 3rd, 2019, I'm offering a Qigong workshop at the Regent Centre, 150 Locke St. South, from 1-5pm. This workshop will focus on cultivating inner peace through a focused mind. Despite one notable interruption, January's Qigong workshop was absolutely wonderful. I hope you'll join us this time around!

After February's Lok Hup Ba Fa workshop, I decided to offer another one in April, so look for the return of Lok Hup on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Please email me at smithmk2@gmail.com and let me know if you would like to attend any of these workshops, or inquire there or at 905 521-0043 for more information.

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Classes are Cancelled for January 19, 2019

Saturday classes at Regent Health Centre are cancelled due to the weather.

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