December 2019 / January 2020 Holiday Schedule

This year we're blessed with a schedule that will for the most part allow us to carry on business as usual. If you're available to come out for a class or two, they will probably be running.

Note there will be NO CLASSES on the following dates:

Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

All other classes will be on, but don't worry if your holiday schedule requires you to be away. From December 23 to January 2nd, beginner's classes will be focused on review, and continuing classes on mellow, relaxed stretching and strengthening. 

If we don't see you over the next couple of weeks, I wish you all a very merry holiday season, and a happy and healthy New Year. 

Cheers,
Melissa.

Classes cancelled Monday, December 2; 2019

Due to weather among other things,  classes are cancelled for Monday, December 2 2019. Because of the way my email list works, you may receive this message late. Please always check the website for information about cancellations due to weather. Thanks!

Qigong Workshop, Sunday, December 8, 2019, 1-5pm

It's been too long since I ran a Qigong workshop! It's wonderful--dare I say bordering on decadent?--to set aside a whole afternoon to focus on deliberate, slow, stretchy movement and meditation. What's amazing about Qigong in a workshop format is how body and mind respond to taking all the time we need to ease into our practice. Setting up ideal circumstances for our practice isn't always possible, but this is why workshop days are particularly nice.

The theme of this workshop will be relaxing the body while encouraging the mind to focus. We'll also be working with allowing the mind to flow as we do a trance journey meditation. This is a very special practice in which we allow our minds to present us with imagery as we listen to (prerecorded) drums. With Winter Solstice just a short time away, it's the perfect moment to go within and seek guidance for the season to come. Trance journey meditations are often profound and uplifting experiences that leave us energized and full of enthusiasm for what's to come.

For people who have experience with Qigong, this is going to be a great day to deepen your practice. For those who haven't done Qigong in a workshop context before, you're in for a treat.

Space is limited: please let me know ahead of time if you wish to attend. Contact me at (905) 521-0043 or smithmk2@gmail.com, or tell me in person at class.

If you've received this by email, please do not hit reply: your message will go into the void! Make sure my address, smithmk2@gmail.com, is in the "To" field before you press Send. 

Qigong Workshop
Sunday, December 8, 2019
1-5 pm
Cost: $60
Location: Regent Health Centre Studio

No previous experience required. 

Classes are on Monday, November 11, 2019

Some of you have asked about whether classes are on this coming Monday in light of Remembrance Day. I will be running classes as usual. 

For those who wish to participate, I'll be observing two minutes of silence at 11 am, at the beginning of the break between Continuing Class and Qigong.

If you have any questions or wish to contact me, please do so at 905 521 0043 or smithmk2@gmail.com. Don't hit REPLY to this email! Your message will go into the void.

Tai Chi for Beginners Lesson Guides

For those of you who've been waiting for me to post the Lesson Guides for Tai Chi for Beginners, they're available on the Resource Page now.

Alternatively you can view and / or download the Tai Chi Beginners Lesson Guides here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/dkspy0xkxrz9zqu/AADaOJSs1Kzt0YhTw_KvuPWya?dl=0

Please let me know if you have any difficulty accessing the files. Enjoy! (If nothing else, the terrible stick figures should offer a few minutes of amusement!) 

Note: the Lesson One plan is included in the file called Tai Chi for Beginners. The Guides cover the material through to the first Wave Hands Like Clouds.

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No Classes on Halloween, Thursday, October 31

Just a quick reminder that our evening classes on Thursday, October 31st are cancelled so we can be spooky at home and appease goblins by giving them candy!

All classes will run as usual in November.

Surprise! Open Workout on Sunday, October 27 and Upcoming Qigong Workshop, Sunday, December 8, 2019

Greetings!

OPEN WORKOUT, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2019
Location: 150 Locke Street South
Time:  1:00-3:30pm
Fee: No charge
*Qigong session, 1-2pm, is open to everyone
*Tai Chi sessions, 2-3:30, are for intermediate and continuing students

I booked the studio at the Regent Health Centre for a workshop this coming Sunday, October 27, 2019, and then failed to plan anything for it, in all the rush of getting classes going this month. SO I'll be using the time to run an open workout. This is a session you can attend for no additional cost, if you have the time, and you want to come practice. The schedule:

1-2pm: Qigong
This will be a 101 flow session during which we'll stretch and move and focus our minds. Like my regular Qigong classes, it's open to everyone including beginners, no experience required. (If you're a Tai Chi Beginner and you haven't tried Qigong yet, this is a great opportunity to come give it a whirl! If you're already a student at The Regent Centre and you want to bring a friend, please invite them! There's no charge for this session.)

2-2:45pm: Intermediate and Continuing Tai Chi
Come practice and ask all your questions! Experience with the whole Tai Chi set is required.

2:45-3:30: Other Internal Martial Arts
We'll run through Sabre, Hsing-I, Sword, and Lok Hup—to help you remember the sets you might have forgotten. I won't be teaching these sets from scratch—this is a practice session for those who have already worked with them.

If you'd like to come, please RSVP at smithmk2@gmail.com or (905) 521-0043.


QIGONG WORKSHOP, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2019

For those of you who wish class lasted a lot longer, and who want to do a deeper dive on some of the techniques and exercises we cover, this is the workshop for you! We'll celebrate the impending winter equinox with a slow, stretchy, and contemplative afternoon. In addition to working with warm-up exercises and Eight Silk Brocades, this workshop will include a shamanic trance journey—a form of meditation where we use drumming to assist us—to enhance your experience and set you up for a beautiful holiday season.

Location: 150 Locke Street South
Time:  1-5pm
Fee: $60
Open to everyone, no prior experience required. 

RSVP at smithmk2@gmail.com or (905) 521-0043.