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• Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Portola Medical & Dental Clinic 480 First Avenue Portola (530) 832-6600 Graeagle Medical Clinic 7597 Hwy 89 Graeagle (530) 836 1 i 22 Loyalton Medical Clinic 725 Third Street Loyalton (530) 993-1231 Indian Valley Medical Clinic 176 Hot Sprinqs Rd Greenville (530) 284-6116 -Skillled Nursing Care Loyalton (530) 993 t225 Portola (530) 832-6546 Eastern Plumas Health Care ,People ilelping People." Main Hospital Campus 500 First Avenue Portola, CA 96122 (530) 832-6500 or (800) 571-EPHC • Comprehensive In & Outpatient Services - Including Full Service Lab, X-ray, Mammog- raphy, Ultrasound, CT, Respiratory Therapy and Outpatient Procedures • 24-Hour Emergency Room • ACLS Ambulance (call 911) New Tai C-hi class begins Nov. 6th, Thursday 5:30pm Open Enrollment Yoga Center in Quincy David Schaffer, LCSW LCS 18350 Life Counsel 530-283-9686 5661 Chandler Rd. Quincy, Ca 95971 "°°°°'"°°Th;rap;t'*" Ta C*hi Instructor'°" ......... 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As someone who has practiced and presented tai chi for over 25 years, and tried to make it as accessible to others as possible, "this remains a frustrating puzzle. What is tai chi? Even that is difficult to define, so let me use description. Observing someone doing tai chi, you see a series of slow flowing movements, seemingly without beginning or end. It has been likened to a "long river," always moving and never still. It is also likened to the "stillness of a mountain." How can something be moving and still at the same time? Another fiddle. ' Tai chi has been called many things: an exercise promoting health, particularly improved balance and flexibility; a meditation, meaning helping the thoughts to quiet; a martial art, each posture having a self-defense function; and a dance, mindful motion. In my experience, it is all of these things, and much more, it all depends what a person wants from it. Myths of its origin take you to a time when people gave close attention to nature: the movement of water and wind, the careful steps of the deer and heron, the turning of the earth and stars. They imitated what they saw and discovered it was a way to enter into one's own "nature" and the natural flow, to become in harmony with the Way The Tai Chi Riddles of Nature, known to them as the Tao. These people lived in what is now called China some 5,000 years ago. In their culture evolved a system of medicine based on the notion of two opposing forces in nature, and the energy that flowed between them. We know them now as yin and yang in the tai chi circle, the two "fish," white and black, flowing into and out of each other. The energy, or chi, is the vital energy which animates the universe, and our bodies, and is found all around us, in our food, water, and the air we breathe. The forces are opposite each other but not in conflict: think of night and day, hot and cold, positive and negative, empty and full, male and female. One can't be without the other. According to their medicine when the energy gets blocked or stagnates in our body there ispain and disease. They developed methods to free that energy which would allow ,the body, and mind, to heal. Acupuncture is one of these methods. "Chi kung," the skillful manipulation of energy using breath and motion, is another. Tai chi, the exercise, is part of chi kung. So enough background, what about the riddles2 If it is so natural, why is it so difficult to learn? And how can it be both moving like a fiver and still as a mountain? This is where our mind, or rather, our brain comes in. Our busy "multi-tasking" modern brain, as one student in my class put it. To do tai chi one must draw upon and use awareness, a different activity of the mind. You must be in the moment - not somewhere else planning and problem- solving or worrying. You must give your brain a "break" and focus attention on what is happening right now, right here, doing one thing at a time. In tai chi's case, the motions of the body. You have to be "feeling it," as another student put it. And that is, as the saying goes, easier said than done. That is also tai chi's greatest gift, in my opinion. It is a practice - and it does take practice - to "feel it," the free flow of your "long fiver." The stillness is in one's mind, one's brain, and that stillness directs the movement of the river and is the mountain. But does this explain the difficulty in learning tai chi? Well, in my experience, two things are required to learn tai chi: (1) Show up for class - you learn best in a group first; and (2) practice at home, you must progress with tai chi on your own. Sometimes these two things are called the "secrets" of tai chi. But really there are no secrets. It is an art which "the more you go into it, the more there is to go into." And the more you benefit. Ultimately, the teacher is tai chi itself. Oh, the first fiddle about walks on 4, then 2, then 3? Us, human beings. A young child, an adult, an elder with a cane. And, of course, if you learn tai chi, you may not need the cane. Article submitted by David Schaffer We Got Your Back! .... and arms and legs and feet and neck Now accepting new patients in our Portola and Loyalton Offices MARTIN L. SANFORD, DC I-.HIRrlpRAC'I'OR I 5 COMMERCIAL ST PORTOLJk, IA 96122 53n-B3 .-444. 305 BEClOM'rH ST LOYAl_TON, CA 9611B 530-993-1 ODD Gregory Sawyer, DDS Family Dentistry. Orthodontics & Certified invisalign Provider (530) 283-2811 2034 East Main Street Quincy, CA 95971 (across from Polka Dot, East Quincy) OPEN M0N - FRI 8am, 4:30pro Evening appointments available Family Dentistry Periodontics Oral Implantology Periodontal Prosthesis Michael W. Herndon, D.D.S Amsterdam Fellow 431 W. 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