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A new challenge
Posted By: Sifu Phyllis calph
On March 19, 2014 at 11:04


When this page was last updated on February 27, 2014 my mantra was ‘think spring’. Now I want to change that phrase to ‘feel spring’.  Officially spring begins on March 20, 2014, but for me Spring is an attitude.  We can  spring into action  and have a new spring in our step.  It is time to leave winter behind.  I’d like to offer a new challenge.


As you might recall, my challenge for the month of March suggested a 15 minute time for standing or seated meditation and the practice of one tai chi form daily.  Here is my new challenge.  Take a notebook and pen or pencil and from now until the end of April write something daily about tai chi chuan and you.  Here are a few examples from my own experience:



 I almost slipped on the ice today but my practice of tai chi has given me better balance and body control so I did not fall and better yet I did not hurt myself.



I recovered more quickly from a bad cold.  I think that because of how I move and breathe in my practice of tai chi that I rebound more quickly from illness


Or  perhaps you could mention an experience you have had while practicing  a tai chi form –


I turned my waist more in each move while practicing the 24 form.  Doing that put less pressure on my knees. 


We all need encouragement and we all want and need our practice of tai chi to have an impact on our lives.  Otherwise I must ask myself , why do tai chi at all?



Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese Martial Art that is well known for its superior health benefits and high level of effectiveness in combat. Tai Chi forms, which are performed in a slow and relaxed manner, calm the mind and release the mental and physical tensions of our modern, stressful lifestyle. Our school is directly descended from the originator of Yang Style Tai Chi through his grandson Yang Cheng-Fu.

Please call Sifu Phyllis Calph at 651-699-2863 with questions. You may also send us mail

If you call in advance, we can answer any questions you may have before you come to your first class. Of course, you can always just show up to watch a class. Everyone is welcome.

Student Creed

I intend to develop myself in a positive manner and avoid anything that would reduce my mental growth or my physical health.
I intend to develop self-discipline and respect in order to bring out the best in myself and others.
I intend to participate in class consistently, practice what I learn constructively and defensively to help myself and others, and never be abusive or offensive.

Yield and overcome,
Bend and be straight,
Empty and be full,
Wear out and be new,
Have little and gain,
Have much and be confused.

Tao Te Ching - Twenty-Two

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