April 29, 2017

Poems by Richard Rooke

(A veteran member of Cold Mountain Internal Arts, Richard Rooke is a published poet.  See the May 4, 2016 blog installment for his advice for beginners.)

Tai Chi Prayer

Allow your weary body rest

From the hamster-wheel of the world

The tangle of...

April 15, 2017

We are all familiar, at least to some extent, with Grasp the Bird’s Tail at the beginning of the Yang 108. Ward Off, Roll Back, Press, and Push – indeed, it sometimes feels like one could do it even in the sleep! These are the first four of the 13 energies (gates or po...

April 8, 2017

Steve Higgins:  Beginnings 

In 1977 I was involved in a life-altering accident when, while walking along the side of a highway, I was struck from the rear by an automobile traveling at high speed.  I suffered substantial soft tissue damage, dislocated ribs, strained mus...

April 2, 2017



Approximately 14 years ago I walked through the doors of Calvin United Church to observe a Tai Chi class and decide whether or not I would find this a worthwhile practice for my body, mind and spirit. For many years I had sought to find a dance...

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