Dr Lam's Tai Chi, Health and Lifestyle Newsletter - Issue Number 166, June 2015
In this issue:
Click on the title above to read the articles, and this link to subscribe and read previous newsletters.
Hello <<First Name>>
Our January 2016 workshop at the beautiful Kincoppal School is now open for booking, and already the single rooms are filling up! We are very lucky that the school can accommodate us for a second year – everyone enjoyed this very special venue to much, and asked us to make sure we went back again. To ensure your chosen class please book asap. You can find the information here
The second print of my memoir Born Strong is now available. Thanks for all your comments on Amazon.com, I have been very moved by your support. My aim was chiefly to bring tai chi to more people, but I have been humbled by some of the reviews. This is the latest:
“I think that this man's story may be the most magnificent autobiography that I've ever read. His life is full of so many heartbreaking events and you can't help but just sit there and think, "How?". He teaches you a lot about life and overcoming tough struggles that may seem to difficult to get pass. I strongly feel that Dr. Lam's story should be taught to children because of how inspiring it is. Along with his life, I learned a lot more about different places around the world in different time periods. I learned a lot about the Chinese culture, communism, the Great Famine, and many other things that left me in shock. Definitely a jaw dropping read.”
For those who have been patiently waiting, and would like an autographed copy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to order, or you can order direct at Amazon either in USA or UK.
I will be back in Sydney by 21 June, and can sign the books then. Next week I will sign orders from USA.
I have just completed a very refreshing workshop tour in Europe. I had a fantastic time catching up with my global colleagues from the UK, Sweden, Italy, Middel East and Switzerland. Switzerland was very special – not only a peaceful and picturesque location in Solothurn but also the special combined MT and ST training. It was an amazing experience with a dedicated but fun group of participants, and you can read Master Trainer Roberto Crea’s account below.
Finally there are still places left for my Tai Chi for Energy Instructor Training Workshop in Adelaide this August. Please click on the Workshop Calendar below for more details.
This Month’s Special:
My latest program, Tai Chi for Rehabilitation will have a record breaking pre-conference in the USA this month, with over 100 participants! Plus I am conducting an instructor training workshop in Sydney in July.
Tai Chi for Rehabilitation can help to recover from a busy and stressful day or a major illness, then progress to wellness. It is an empowering program ideal to aid recovery from ill health. It is the culmination of my medical, tai chi and life experience made simple as an effective therapeutic tool. Almost anyone with any condition can learn this program. For June only, receive a 15% discount when your order the DVD. Please use coupon code TCR1506 when ordering. Offer expires 30 June.
Upcoming Workshops by Dr Paul Lam
- Tai Chi for Rehabilitation Instructor Training by Dr Paul Lam, July 2, Australia, Sydney
- Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor Training with Optional Fall Prevention module by Dr Paul Lam and his Master Trainers, July 4, Australia, Sydney (concurrent)
- Tai Chi for Diabetes Instructor Training by Dr Paul Lam and his Master Trainers, July 4, Australia, Sydney (concurrent)
- Tai Chi for Energy Instructor Training by Dr Paul Lam and his Master Trainers, July 4, Australia, Sydney (concurrent)
- Tai Chi for Osteoporosis Instructor Training by Dr Paul Lam and his Master Trainers, July 4, Australia, Sydney (concurrent)
- Tai Chi for Energy 2 Workshop by Dr Paul Lam and his Master Trainers, July 4, Australia, Sydney (concurrent)
- Tai Chi for Energy Instructor Training by Dr Paul Lam, September 17, United States, NY, Colonie
- Tai Chi for Energy 2 with Dr Paul Lam, September 19, United States, NY, Colonie
- Tai Chi for Rehabilitation Instructor Training by Dr Paul Lam, September 24, United States, GA, Cartersville
- Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis with Dr Paul Lam, September 26 United States, GA, Cartersville
Other workshops by my authorised Master Trainers are displayed on the Master Trainer Workshop Calendar
- Tai Chi for Energy Instructor Training with Dr Paul Lam, October 1, United States, OH, Painesville
- Tai Chi for Energy 2 with Dr Paul Lam, October 3, United States, Ohio
- Exploring the Depth of Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention by Dr. Paul Lam, October 8, United States, AZ, Tucson
- Depth of Tai Chi for Energy with Dr Paul, Lam October 23, United States, CA, Walnut Creek
- Tai Chi for Energy 2 with Dr Paul Lam, October 24 United States, CA, Walnut Creek
Yours in Tai Chi,
Paul Lam, MD
back to top
(Dr Lam receives many letters. Each month we feature one, and he answers any questions raised)
A Letter to Dr Lam
Anna Lisa Balboni, Reggio, Italy
I was at the workshop in Solothurn, last weekend. My bad English didn't allow me to talk very much so I have thought to send you this e-mail.
I want to thank you for this workshop; I feel it has been a very great experience, for my body, my mind and my spirit.
I'm very happy to meet you and to have been in your class this weekend; I've had the possibility to feel your big power and energy and to experience your ability to transmit it to the class.
Before I started to practice tai chi I was a very different person: I was very shy, more uncertain and frightened to express my thoughts, my feelings, my way of life. Tai chi had been and is a long, slowly journey to find and to understand myself. I can't explain how this has happened (above all in English....!) but it happened. I can see this not only in my personal practice, but all days, in my life. Now, when I lose my way, I find it again with tai chi!
My practice is a great and important part of my life because it makes me to change and evolve.
For this, I have to thanks Roberto and his deep and involving lessons. He isn't only a simple teacher; he's able to help you in your personal change. This weekend I really had the possibility to see and appreciate the results of his quality teaching.
Also this weekend a lot of things are changed in me; this workshop had been an experience that made me grow.
I hope to see you soon for another deep learning moment.
Dr Lam replies:
It was a pleasure to meet you Anna Lisa, I can see that Roberto has done a wonderful job sharing tai chi with you. You have great potential in tai chi! I look forward to working with you again before too long.
back to top
Inaugural MT Update/ST Training in Solothurn, Switzerland
Roberto Crea, Master Trainer, Reggio, Italy
On 21st May 2015, the germ of an idea that had been seeded years ago, in a conversation between Dr Lam and Roberto Crea, during a flight from Reggio Calabria to Rome, finally came to fruition in the picturesque village of Oberdorf, in Switzerland.
Ellen Reitsma organised the inaugural workshop, combining MT Updates and ST training, in a beautiful church hall in her village.
Six MTs and six STs from eight different European countries gathered together, creating a dynamic balance for interaction and discussion, demonstration and observation, experience and learning.
(Participants: Ellen Reitsma and Ulrike Grob from Switzerland, Be Ballinckx from Belgium, Amanda Gyllensten and Kent Skogland from Sweden, Roberto Crea from Italy, Nuala Perrin, Anne Crichton, Janice Green and Veronica Ashcroft from England and Amatullah Bahaziq from Saudi Arabia, plus Hazel Thomson from New Zealand – via England.)
With Paul guiding and inspiring the workshop, and keeping us focussed on the goal, “To train safe and effective instructors of TCA”.
We discussed and presented synopses on how to stimulate thinking and empower people to benefit from “modernised Sun style tai chi”.
And of course, during the two days, Paul also provided many gems and insights to experience in our tai chi.
The MTs, too, brought a range of experiences and talents: multilingual Ellen, Amanda’s accomplished presentation skills, Roberto’s technical prowess, particularly in Chen style, energy and management flair from Nuala, Veronica’s forward planning, and the courage and pioneering spirit of Amatullah.
A formidable team!
The MT presentations were enhanced by the inclusion of STs in their groups, not under scrutiny at this stage, the STs were relaxed, attentive participants, and able facilitators in the small group feedback.
When the time came for the Stepwise practice, both the MTs and STs had an opportunity to demonstrate their skill and understanding of the Method, giving the feedback discussions additional depth from their different perspectives and experience.
Towards the end of the workshop, Nuala, Paul and Hazel brought the group up to date with the ST Committee, which aims to enable training to be standardised and consistent. This is work in progress.
The views outside and the peace within the community room, with its beautiful wooden floor, created an atmosphere very conducive to receptiveness, learning and reflexion.
On the first day, the mountains were shrouded in low clouds, like traditional Chinese paintings, clearing and lifting to reveal bright blue skies and warm sunshine on the second day. The Yin and Yang of the weather, complemented exploring learning and educating, theory and practical, all part of the constantly changing dynamic of life.
Extracurricular activities in Solothurn, the nearest town, brought balance to our studies, and fun. They included listening to Ellen’s choir giving an outdoor concert of songs from around the world – in their original languages, walking around the “finest Baroque town in Switzerland”, and sampling lots of Swiss chocolate!
The two days training in Europe, formed a memorable initiation to a new chapter in training MTs and STs together, for their mutual growth and nourishment.
back to top
Celebrating World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Jomarie Monsorno, Instructor, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
In a serene setting alongside the St. John's River, beside the sight and sound of the waterfalls of Friendship Fountain we once again embraced the different styles and forms practiced within our community. We have a fantastic group of instructors/practitioners that support and respect one another and have been participating in WTC&Q Day events together for many years now. Rotating lead instructors, we participate as one group through practice in each style. Then grouped by of our chosen style, we present demonstrations of more advanced forms.
This year we practiced TCA & Part 2, TCO & TCD, Chen style Qigong forms and Silk Reeling and saw presentations of TCE & Part 2, Dao form, Wild Goose Qigong, An original form "My Kata", Martial Art Application, Broad Sword, Fan Form, Straight Sword, Cannon Fist, and 13 Postures. It was another beautiful day spent in movement with Taiji friends of various styles. A special thank you to all of D. Lam's instructors that came together to represent our programs.
back to top
Humour, Laughter and Radiant Health
Dr Bob McBrien, Master Trainer, Salisbury, Maryland, USA
Emma Seppala, PhD is the Associate Director at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr Seppala has listed seven ways laughter contributes to our health and wellness.
The seven ways are:
1. Laughter improves your relationships.
2. It boosts our memory and lowers our stress.
3.Laughter makes us resilient.
4. It improves your health. (She reports one study suggested that just anticipating a funny event boosts immune function while decreasing stress-related hormones.
5. Laughter makes us a better learner.
6. It makes us attractive.
7. Laughter helps us make the world a better place. Find more about the compassion center at Stanford @ http://ccare.stanford.edu/
This month's bit of humor is taken from answers to exams written by 16 year old high schoolers in the USA.
*Q. Name the four seasons? A. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.
*Q. What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on? A. If you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed.
*Q. What happens to your body as you age? A. When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.
*Q. What is the fibula? A. A small lie.
*Q. What does 'varicose' mean A. Nearby.
*Q. What is a seizure? A. A Roman Emperor
*Q. What is a terminal illness? A. When you are sick at the airport.
*Q. What does the word ' benign' mean? A. Benign happens after you be eight.
*Q. How can you keep milk from turning sour? A. Keep it in the cow (my favourite).
back to top
END OF NEWSLETTER
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.