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Dr Lam's Tai Chi, Health and Lifestyle Newsletter - Issue Number 171, Nov 2015

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October is a busy time of year here in the US, with Halloween and Thanksgiving just around the corner.  My US friends tell me the build up to Christmas starts now, so it seems a good time to remind everyone that the closing date for the January One Week Workshop is 15 December.  Courses are filling up fast, do book soon to secure your first choice. 

After the US I am journeying to Santiago for my first Chilean Tai Chi for Arthritis workshop. I am very excited about this venture to a “new” country, and I have a wonderful team of Master Trainers here in the USA who will be able to follow up my visit and help spread our vision in South America.  Recently the Chilean Science News published an article about tai chi, which went to press on a national holiday, and resulted in a rush of enquiries and enrolments.

Recently I visited Tucson, also for the first time, and met the amazing staff of the Canyon Ranch Institute, including their Outreach Advisor Jan McIntire and their President, Richard Carmona, the 17th Surgeon General of the United States.  The Canyon Ranch staffs are passionate about empowering people to a healthy lifestyle, which resonate perfectly with our Tai Chi for Health vision.  It was a pleasure to work with them and share ideas to achieve our goal more effectively.

This Month’s Special:  Christmas is the season for good health and giving. My tai chi DVDs are a gift which can be used by the whole family all year long!  Receive a huge 40% discount when you order any DVD!  Offer expires 30 November.  Please use coupon code NOVSP40 when ordering.

I am very much looking forward to renew our friendship and meet you if you have in work with me before in Chile and Sydney. Have fun preparing for the Festive Season.

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Yours in Tai Chi,
Paul Lam, MD
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(Dr Lam receives many letters.  Each month we feature one, and he answers any questions raised) 
A Letter to Dr Lam
Lois Bascom, Instructor, Shelburne Falls, MA
I would like to share with you my amazing story about how tai chi has enabled my healing.

I have osteoarthritis and the cartilage of the inside joint of one knee is worn away, leaving bone on bone. I was in constant pain and did not want to walk on it. The orthopedist told me I needed a partial knee replacement. Not wanting to go through that, I decided to attend a local tai chi class regularly. This class is taught by Deb Yaffee of Shelburne Falls, MA. She kept telling all of us in this class that we ought to attend a workshop being taught by Dr. Lam. I decided to attend, out of curiosity.

This workshop was Tai Chi for Energy, in Longmeadow, MA. October, 2014.  I loved the Chen style! I began to practice tai chi every day, both TCA 1&2 and TCE1, keeping my body of gravity a bit low so the muscles and ligaments on the sides of my knee would strengthen, and recently realized that my knee no longer hurts. There is no need for a replacement! I am so thankful to Dr. Lam for developing this form, and to Deb for encouraging me to attend that class.

Dr Lam replies: I love your story!  I know many tai chi practitioners who had similar conditions and have made excellent progress through tai chi.  I have lived with severe osteoarthritis for over fifty years myself and can testify to the power of tai chi for pain management.  Keep spreading the news!
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How to Cultivate and Integrate Yi, Qi and Jing - Part One - also known as "Sexual energy" by Dr Paul Lam

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Yi, Qi and Jing are the three most essential internal components in the practice of tai chi. Yi is the mind, Qi the vital life energy and Jing (not to be confused with Jing which is the internal force or strength and Jing which means serenity) the sexual energy. These components constitute the internal power of tai chi. Improving them will enhance your level of tai chi.

Yi and Qi are well known concepts. Yi directs the Qi, and the Qi drives the internal force. Converting Jing to Qi is one of the most effective ways to enhance Qi according to Taoist’s Qigong.

What is Yi?

Without a doubt, the most powerful organ in the body is the mind. Tai chi is characterised by integration of the mind and body. Practising tai chi without mental involvement, for example thinking about going shopping or about your office troubles, as you practise will never be as effective. Mindless tai chi is not really tai chi.

How to improve Yi

Yang Chan-fu said: "The mind is the emperor and the body is the subordinate." "Using your mind not your force" is the dictum in our practise. To do this requires constant training. Be aware and try to maintain a state of “mental quietness.” In this mental state, be focused and tranquil and at the same time try to maintain an awareness of relaxing and loosening (song) the whole body. Keep the body upright and supple, loosen all joints and muscles, and sink your Qi to the Dan Tian (the centre of Qi, located three finger breadths below the umbilicus and slightly inward).

What is Qi? 

In Chinese, Qi has many meanings, the most common being air. In relation to tai chi, it means the life energy that comes from the integrating energy from the air you inhale, Qi from the kidneys, and from the food and water in your digestive system. Qi is the inner powerhouse of tai chi. It provides the internal Jin (internal force or strength), supplies continual energy, and improves your ability to withstand an attack. According to traditional Chinese medicine, Qi is life. It is vital in maintaining health. The definition of death is a body without Qi.

How to improve Qi

All the internal components are closely related; therefore the methods of improving each aspect often cross over. Fortunately, if you improve one aspect that will favourably affect the other. There are many ways to improve your Qi - more nutritious food, a better life style and most exercise will help. One of the tai chi best methods to enhance your Qi is through your tai chi breathing.

Breathe by inhaling slowly and evenly, and as you do that, consciously move your Qi up to the Shan Zhong acupuncture point (in the middle of the sternum, the breast bone at the middle of the chest). Then breathe out, moving your Qi down to the Dan Tian. Do this gently and don’t force your breath or the Qi. Many people feel Qi as a warm feeling. But if you can’t move your Qi, then just try to just think of it moving in the right directions. It doesn’t matter if at first you can’t feel your Qi. Simply think of the parts of your body in the sequence I just outlined and with concentrated practice, you’ll be able to feel and move your Qi.

After a suitable period of practice (whenever you become tired or your knees become comfortable, stand up slowly) and when you’re able to move Qi comfortably with your breathing, then try to circulate your Qi in a microcosmic orbit. This is a circuitous route from the perineum, the area between the anus and sexual organ (which is the Hui Yin acupuncture point) along midline of the back, just underneath the skin (an acupuncture meridian - the governing vessel) up to the top at the centre of the head (Bai Hui acupuncture point), and then from the head down along the front midline of the body (another acupuncture meridian - the concession vessel) back to the perineum. Breathe in and move the Qi up from the perineum to the top of the head and breathe out while gently pushing your Qi down to the perineum.

Next month – What is Jing, How to Improve It?
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Humour, Laughter and Radiant Health
Dr Bob McBrien, Master Trainer, Salisbury, MD, USA
The statement, "Truth is stranger than fiction" comes to mind when we read the collection of parent's requests that their child be excused from class that were sent to a teacher listed below.

We know that teaching is a demanding job. Whenever there is a chance to enjoy a good laugh teachers have learned to grab it.  Following is a selection of excuses parents sent to school with their child. I hope it will brighten your day.

*. Please excuse Johnnie for being. It was his father's fault.
*. Chris will not be in school because he has an acre in his side.
*. My son is under the doctor's care and should not take fizical ed. Please execute him.
* Please excuse Joyce from P.E. for a few days. She fell off a tree and misplaced her hip.
* Please excuse Ray Friday from school. He had very loose vowels.
*. Please excuse Blanche from jim today. She is administrating.
* George was absent yesterday because he had a stomach.
* Ralph was absent yesterday because he had a sore trout.
*. Please excuse Sara for being absent. She was sick and I had her shot.
And my favorite ...
*. Please excuse Amanda from school yesterday. She had perfect attendance the last nine weeks. That’s really good, so I let her stay home for a reward.
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Warning: Dr Lam does not necessarily endorse the opinion of other authors. Before practicing any program featured in this newsletter, please check with your physician or therapist. The authors and anyone involved in the production of this newsletter will not be held responsible in any way whatsoever for any injury which may arise as a result of following the instructions given in this newsletter. 

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Warning: Dr Lam does not necessarily endorse the opinion of other authors. Before practicing any program featured in this newsletter, please check with your physician or therapist. The authors and anyone involved in the production of this newsletter will not be held responsible in any way whatsoever for any injury which may arise as a result of following the instructions given in this newsletter. 

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Dr Lam and Master Trainer Lorraine at the Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis workshop in Tucson, USA Oct 2015
Dr Lam conducting Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis workshop at Atlanta USA Oct 2015
Dr Lam presenting Tai Chi for health and fall prevention at the Tri Point hospital in Tucson to health professionals.
Libby Hill, Senior Trainer at the Ohio Dr Lam's Tai Chi for Energy Instructor's training workshop, Oct 2015
Tai Chi for Energy Instructor training workshop USA 2015
Dr Paul Lam at Canyon Range
Drs Carmona and Lam, with Jan at Canyon Range after Dr Lam's presentation.
Tai Chi for Energy instructor training workshop in Ohio, USA 2015
Dr Lam enjoying his favourite fruit pomegranate at the Canyon Range
Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis workshop in Atlanta, USA 
Dr Lam at the Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis workshop in Tucson, 2015
Tai Chi for Energy workshop in Ohio 2015
Dr Lam and Pat the Tai Chi for Energy II USA 2015
Dr Lam at Tuscon after his presentation at the Tucson University School of Health Science 2015
Dr Paul Lam discussing how to sink your qi  to the dan tian at his Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis workshop
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