Robin Brooks, Water Lily, Brooklyn Botanical Garden

On this Independence weekend I am thinking about what healthcare independence looks like. Yang Sheng in Chinese medicine means nourishing life. Yang Sheng encompasses our tai chi and qigong practices and, in addition, all of what we consume– the food we eat and our mental habits.

Through our daily practices and habits we are learning to care for ourselves and nurture life. Sleep, hydration, nourishment, exercise and meditation, as well as mindset and herbal medicine are all part of Yang Sheng. All of these practices maximize health rather than addressing a specific illness or disorder.” Roger Jahnke, OMD

The four components of Qigong are body practice, breath practice, mind-focusing practices (meditation, contemplation, prayer, etc.) and self-applied massage. All of these “baskets” of qigong practice are included in our weekly Tai Chi classes. In my mind, the focus on Yang Sheng, or “nourishing life” is what makes our program so valuable and beneficial.

In July and August I am happy to be offering free Tai Chi classes at the Topsham Public Library. Classes will be offered on the side lawn near the gazebo from 9 to 10 AM on Saturday mornings. I will be there on July 10, 17, and August 7 and 14. My friend and colleague Margaret Williams will be covering the other Saturday mornings. Please join us when you can! https://topshamlibrary.org/community-center/events/

summer flowers from my garden

Our Friday morning Tai Chi Easy practice group on Zoom will continue through the summer months. If you need the Zoom link, please be in touch through the contact page on my website.

Your monthly donation ($10.00 per class or $50.00 per month, suggested) for the Friday and Saturday* Tai Chi practice group sessions helps out with operating expenses. Checks can be mailed to me at: Robin Brooks, 47 Ivanhoe Drive, Topsham, Maine 04086. I am grateful for your donations and appreciate your ongoing participation in our tai chi community. (*Saturday classes will return in September.)

Namaste. Stay well, and enjoy!

~Robin