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An inspiring 18th annual workshop to start the year on a high note!
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Dr Lam Tai Chi for Health Newsletter 
- Issue Number 174, February 2016

Hello <<First Name>>

In this issue: I had a tremendous time at the January One Week Workshop. It was so wonderful catching up with friends and meeting new ones, everyone came with great enthusiasm, new ideas and fresh energy. By the end of the week, we were inspired and even more energised than we thought possible - we were walking on air! There is so much I would like to share, so I will do it over next few months.

This was the first year we had a draw to win A FREE ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE for 2017. I was delighted to present the prize to the winner Norman Trubik, a great advocate and teacher of Tai Chi for Health and a retired lawyer from Adelaide!

One of our most inspiring and popular morning talks was delivered by Dr Amatullah Bahaziq, a Master Trainer from Saudi Arabia. I admire her devotion to helping her people, so much so that she gave up her work and career as a PhD Clinical Psychologist - she closed her clinic to teach Tai Chi for Health programs full time! There is an epidemic of diabetes in Saudi Arabia and Amatullah is determined to change that!
 
You can read the summary below and see a YouTube clip here.
 
My next workshops will be in Melbourne, the Tai Chi for Rehabilitation and Energy Two.  Tai Chi for Rehabilitation has been helping people from all walks of life around the world. With every workshop the participants inspire me to share more of my and their life experiences, to explore new depths of infusing tai chi with state of the art medical science and positive psychology. Tai Chi for Energy Two is fun and exciting to teach, I love the spiral force within Chen Style. I hope to see you there 
 
This Month’s Special
Our free postage on any order, anywhere last month was so popular we have decided to extend it for one more month.  Please use code FEBFS when ordering.  Offer expires 28 February.  Not to be used with any other discount.
 
Upcoming Workshops by Dr Paul Lam 

March 2016

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June 2016

July 2016

September 2016

October 2016

Other workshops by my authorised Master Trainers are displayed on the Master Trainer Workshop Calendar.
 
Yours in Tai Chi,
 

 
Paul Lam
Director, Tai Chi for Health Institute
http://www.taichiforhealthinstitute.org/
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How to Cultivate and Integrate Yi, Qi and Jing - Part Two

Also known as "Sexual energy" by Dr Paul Lam
© Dr Paul Lam 2000, all rights reserved, exception for educational and non-profit purposes. For example, you can forward to your contacts by email or make copies for your paying students as long as you don’t charge for the copy.
(Part One appeared in the November 2015 issue) 

What is Jing?

The concept of Jing is difficult to translate. “Sexual energy” is as close as possible without getting too complicated. In any case, its definition has changed in China over the years. In colloquial usage, Jing means the semen, and at other times, it means the essence of anything. For our purpose, let’s define Jing as the internal energy that relates to the sexual organs, hormones, energy and desire.
Just as Qi controls the internal part of the body, Jing controls the sexual organs, the organs that produce sexual hormones, and sexual desire. Qi and Jing are closely related and both support vitality. According to traditional Chinese medicine, diminished Jing means the loss of youth and vitality.

How to improve Jing?

The ancient Chinese knew the importance of sexual energy. There are many classical  Qigong texts instructing learners how to conserve Jing. The Daoist’s way, in a simple expression, is to either withhold ejaculation during intercourse or abstain. The Chinese wrote about methods to extract Jing from one's partner during intercourse, and supposedly that person could retain youth forever. The partner who stole the Jing would look and feel many years younger overnight while the reverse would happen to the loser. These “evil” methods are supposed to be secretive.
Throughout history, people have always sought eternity. This is one of the best known “secret” in Taoist Qigong.  If one person could extract Jing from another, many of the Chinese emperors who had power over many lives and access to the best Qigong masters would have lived forever. No one really knows if such secretive and “evil” practices work, in any case, it is a negative approach like stealing.  I believe that yin yang works best while in good balance. Total abstinence is unbalanced, and extracting Jing is not a feasible way to enhance Jing.
 
The Tai Chi way to convert the Jing into Qi is by exercising the area where the Jing comes from, which is also the centre of the Qi. By exercising the Dan Tian area, this dissolves the Jing, converting it to Qi. This conversion is rather like exchange and multiplication of currency: The sexual energy converts to life energy and the life energy enhances the sexual energy. There are four stages which does not necessarily have to do achieve stepwise.

1. Feeling and moving the Qi

Use any Qigong posture to feel your Qi. Utilising the abdominal breathing method and your Yi (mind) to sink your Qi to the Dan Tian, feel your Qi warming up at the Dan tian.
There are two abdominal breathing methods, i.e., the abdominal and the reverse abdominal breathing.
In abdominal breathing as you breathe in; your abdomen is extended gently outward. Then as you breathe out and the abdomen contracts gently. In reverse abdominal breathing, the upper part of the abdomen (where the stomach is) expands and the lower abdomen contracts. When breathing out (usually coordinated with delivering force), the upper abdomen flattens and the lower abdomen extends outward.

The Abdominal Breathing Method
Imagine that as air travels through your nose, goes down the trachea (airway to the lungs), and fills the lungs, your abdomen extends with the air, making it bulge gently outward. Then as you breathe out and the abdomen contracts, mentally picture the air expelling from abdomen, lungs, trachea and finally through your nose. (Physically, air does not enter your abdomen. this is a method of guided imagery to help moving your diaphragm to open up more air space in your lungs.)
You will find it easier to feel and move Qi when your posture and breathing methods are correct, when your body is loosened, and your mind relaxed.
When your Dan Tian is filled with Qi, try to move it in the microcosmic orbit. If you cannot do this part, simply relax, focus on your Dan Tian area and move on the next stage. The key here is to be aware of your Qi and mobilise it if you can.
(Part Three will appear in the March newsletter)
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Winning the Israr Prize and Other Stories

Amatullah Bahaziq, Master Trainer, Saudi Arabia: See a YouTube clip

My name is Amatullah, I am from Saudi Arabia.
 
In 2009 I had back pain for long time. I tried many type of therapy but nothing worked. One day I was in Sheffield, United Kingdom when my friend said: try tai chi, it is a gentle exercise.  I refused at first because my back was sore, but eventually I tried it.  It was really surprising for me how these people aged 35-80 years could do the movements, when I couldn’t.  I found some of them had been practicing for 8-35 years in order to maintain their health. I realised they were much fitter and more flexible than my parents so I decided to learn it.
 
Every day I practiced with my teacher in the park, in all weathers, and my back pain disappeared and has never come back.  After I had my lovely twin boys I was out of service for six months. I tried to find a teacher after that but there was no-one around. I searched YouTube and discovered Tai Chi for Beginners with Dr Paul Lam.  I loved his teaching technique. I bought it and started teaching my friends at work. 
 
To cut a long story short, I decided to become an instructor and began training with Master Trainer Linda Arksey in the UK.  I spent more than SAR 100,000 in one year on my instructor qualifications!
 
In 2014 Dr Lam welcomed me to his MT training workshop.  I was so happy but I felt it was a huge responsibility to be an MT in a great global organisation like Tai Chi for Health Institute. I qualified in Tai Chi for Arthritis in January 2015 and for Tai Chi for Diabetes in May. I quit my job as a psychologist and decide to teach tai chi full time.
 
Now I am teaching Tai Chi for Health dailyand enjoy my life with my family, my hobbies, with good health and well being. 
 
 
I sent my story to "Israr Award" which gives prizes to those who help others.  They received 11365 different stories but the decide to choose only 150 more successful stories, which is mean less than 1.5% from them but I was so happy to be one of them.  
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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,

Carmella Durbin, Instructor, Tranquil Waters, USA
 
Thank you so much for a life-long, wonderful experience. At first, I was afraid of stepping out of my comfort zone but everyone was so friendly and open to diversity. I was a new person there, singing, dancing, oh my!

Learning the 73 was my goal and now I will practice and do the In Depth maybe next year! It is so worthwhile to go back to Australia!

When I hold my class I will share the week-long workshop and the benefits of going to Australia or the USA. I walked away with a new form and also with new friendships! It's the people that I will hold in my heart forever! The experience to share their energy and their passion is the best feeling in the world.

With sincere gratitude, Carmella Durbin 
 
Dr Lam replies:
 
I am so happy that you had a good time.  Yes, the workshop is a great opportunity to work and play hard, and I also enjoyed the social evening!  
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Report from a Sydney One Week Scholarship Winner,

Dianne Willis, Instructor, New Zealand
 
What a perfect 7 day retreat for Tai Chi and for Tai Chi for Health Instructor’s Training workshop.

A heartfelt thank you, to Dr Paul Lam for his vision of the Tai Chi for Health program, and for having the courage to follow his dream – to encourage people worldwide to improve their health and well-being with Tai Chi. 

To then write his two wonderful books - ‘Teaching Tai Chi Effectively’ which includes his Stepwise Teaching Method. This book is an essential guide for all Instructors’ in the program. To be followed up by ‘Born Strong’ his personal story, which really impressed and amazed me to know that he had struggled through life in such a sad way through no fault of his own, and yet to grow to be such a sincere and humble man.
 
May we all nominate him for the Nobel prize for his life work in promoting worldwide, the wellness and well-being of mankind in his Tai Chi for Health programs.
 
On my return home to NZ - while I picked our blueberries for summer cooking/freezing, I reflected on the many benefits, I gained at the workshop: 
  • Beautiful, peaceful view of Sydney Harbour and surroundings, to study and practice
  • Experienced and knowledgeable tai chi instructors in all forms
  • Well organized program and classes for all levels of expertise
  • Varied extra activities – including Qigong Shibashi with Marta Venegas, (which I loved)  So peaceful and calming - thank you Marta!
  • Encouragement always to do our best
  • Humility – to see such beautiful tai chi demonstrations from Dr Paul Lam, Master Trainers and other participants
  • Good selection of tai chi products for sale
  • Friendship and comradeship
  • Tai Chi for Health Institute Certificates, including the Scholarship and Updates.
Also, in watching the Tai Chi demonstrations and while talking to the other participants while in the dining room, I learned about the ‘diversity’ of the many forms of Tai Chi and came away with a strong desire, to explore these and gain more knowledge and expertise to help spread Tai Chi and the Tai Chi for Health program in NZ – to improve the health and well-being of my students, and to enjoy myself while doing so!
 
Thank you to Hazel Thompson for her tireless energy and exceptional organizational skills and the support freely given to Dr Lam, to make the 2016 workshop so enjoyable for all participants.  Thanks also to her son Richard, the Assistant Manager, who cheerfully assisted with internet connections, luggage and general maintenance issues.
 
Special thanks to both Mark – our TCE Instructor, with his talents in the ‘spiral force’ and Jennifer Chung who is one of the most travelled and multilingual Master Trainers in the Tai Chi for Health  program.  Jennifer supported Mark and made sure we were updated in the theory of the Tai Chi for Health principles.
 
For the anonymous donors who supported the Tai Chi Scholarship program for 2016, of which I was a recipient – a massive big ‘hug’ and an appreciative “Thank you for the wonderful opportunity”.
 
Thank you especially to the Administrators’/Staff of Kincoppal – Rose Bay / School of the Sacred Heart, for the use of such a wonderful place to have our Tai Chi Workshop. God bless you.
Thanks to William and Josh for the many delicious meals cooked to perfection.
Accommodation was superb with comfortable beds, wardrobe and desk each.
 
Thank you girls for the ‘loan’ of your space – may you excel at your educational endeavours.
 
Regards to you all from New Zealand
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Humour, Laughter and Radiant Health

Dr Bob McBrien, Master Trainer, Salisbury, MD, USA

When we become more aware of our environment (a tai chi skill) the discovery of a sign that triggers a laugh might be considered a reward for being aware.  When we set a goal to look for humor each day brings, the funny signs we discover bring on a smile or a laugh can brighten our day. 
Here are actual signs that include "punch lines" that help the aware person laugh their way to radiant health.
* We exchange anything - bicycles, washing machines, etc. why not bring your wife along and get a wonderful bargain?
* After tea break staff should empty the teapot and stand upside down on the draining board
* If you cannot read, this leaflet will tell you how to get lessons
* Automatic washing machines: please remove all your clothes when the light goes out
* Bargain basement upstairs
And my favorite, a sign on the door of a repair shop:
* We can repair anything. (please knock hard on the door - the bell doesn't work)  
Do you have a funny sign to share?  Send it to me @ drbobtaichi@gmail.com 
 
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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 Paul Lam annoucing the 31st annual tai chi workshop in Sydney
I have worked with so many wonderful tai chi instructors!
Catherine from Tasmania enjoying the workshop
Dianne and friends demonstrating the Sun 73 Forms
Norman Trubic the lucky and well deserved winner of the all inclusive package for 2017 one week workshop.
No better place to practice our favourite exercise/art
Welcome to the Tai Chi for Arthritis instructor training class
Welcome to the beautiful Sydney Harbour
John and Catherine
Practice before sun set, or was it after?
Big vote of yes for the social dinner
My son Matthew and daughter in law Marsha made and served up their artisan Ice Cream for the social dinner
A thanks from Dad for the Ice Cream, although it was so popular I did not get to have any!
It is the tai chi we came for, yet there is so much more at the workshop
Joanne dancing and singing at the social dinner 
Bo Bo or Paul from Belgium loved the workshop and Sydney - his first time visit to Australia
We earned the certificates!
But it is sad to leave
Parting is the beginning of next meeting
Thanks to Hazel and Richard for your tireless work
practice with smile
Try to find a great place to practice, but any practice is good
Singing incorporates Song and Qi
Sharing energy when practicing with friends
Listening and absorb ideas and concept
Friendship helps to grow stronger qi
Amatullah and Anastasia
Amatullah teaching health professionals at the hospital
Amatullah and students
TV interview
a happy winner
social dinner
dancing on chairs?
Social evening at Sydney January workshop
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