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Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s disease involves a loss of memory, and of other aspects of cognitive functioning.  Frequently, emotional well-being is also affected.  These changes are profoundly life changing both for the person with Alzheimer’s, and for their family. Worldwide, at least 44 million people are living with some form of dementia.  Regular physical activity and social interaction enable […]
Bowl of soup

Bowl of soup

I think of Taoist Tai Chi™ practice like eating a bowl of soup. It literally nourishes my body. I sometimes see it as eating a good meal with friends. I feel well fed and relaxed.  ~Stefan
Hiding

Hiding

Coming out of hiding. There are times when, I too, hide behind the mist. The teachings of the Taoist Tai Chi™arts give me the tools to emerge and shine again.  ~Christine
Saturday Virtual Practice

Saturday Virtual Practice

The Saturday Taoist Tai Chi™ arts virtual sessions have been instrumental in deepening my understanding of the organization, his teachings, and my own personal practice. Through these sessions and my practice I have come to realize my training not only contributes to my physical well-being, but is relevant to everything in my daily life, allowing me to […]
How My Practice Is Helping Me Deal with Cancer

How My Practice Is Helping Me Deal with Cancer

Having been diligent about my annual mammogram for the past 35 years, I was shocked to be diagnosed with breast cancer recently. (Thankfully, it is early stage.)  What was perhaps equally surprising was the way some people tried to be encouraging by saying things like, “You’re a fighter!” “Give cancer hell!” “You will win this war.” But […]
Finding Stillness in a time of chaos

Finding Stillness in a time of chaos

My personal practice has become about letting go: letting go of counting how many donyus I do; letting go of the habit of doing jongs only while waiting for the toast to pop or the kettle to boil; letting go of unrealistic goals. I now have an understanding of the stillness that comes from just doing Taoist […]
Letting go of resistance

Letting go of resistance

Before the pandemic, my personal practice consisted of integrating the instructions and the corrections I had received from previous classes and observing the new feeling. Now, with the wise advice of our directors to let go, to trust and to be consistent, I first investigate my sensations without precise instructions. I am more an observer […]
A path of balance

A path of balance

Eighteen years ago I began Taoist Tai Chi™ practice with the goal of improving my physical well being. Tai chi was recommended to me as an exercise I could attempt even though I was extremely ill with a progressive liver disease and the many associated symptoms caused by a failing liver. I had no idea that Taoist Tai […]
A New Body

A New Body

I am so thankful to Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism™ every day. I had both of my hips replaced 10+ years ago and last summer I was up on the cottage roof laying down new shingles. What I have discovered over the years is that the surgeries removed the damaged and painful surfaces, but […]
Keeping Balance at 93

Keeping Balance at 93

I am 93 years old.  Twelve years ago, I was having a difficult time dealing with the passing of my wife.  My daughter suggested I try tai chi.  She thought the exercise, and getting out and meeting new people, would help me deal with the grief. I found the Fung Loy Institute of Taoism Regional […]
Lung Cancer Awareness

Lung Cancer Awareness

I was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2011. Shortly after, I had surgery to remove part of my lungs, which left me in a lot of pain. When I started practicing the Taoist Tai Chi™ arts, a new life started for me. Now I feel wonderful!  ~Maria
Reverence

Reverence

Practicing Taoist Tai Chi™ arts helps me treat everyone and everything in my life with respect, thoughtfulness and gratitude. Whenever I’m having a difficult time, I turn to my Taoist Tai Chi™ practice. Almost immediately I start to feel reverence again towards the people around me, my home, my garden, my cooking. ~Galina
Osteoporosis Awareness Month

Osteoporosis Awareness Month

At 56, when I had been practicing the Taoist Tai Chi arts™ for 6 months, I had a baseline bone density test. I’m now 66 and my doctor ordered a new test. As we age, we can expect to see a decrease in bone density. I was very pleased with my results: my bone density increased 8.1% in […]
Staying social

Staying social

Virtual meetings help me stay socially active, they help me break through the isolation. Even though I don’t speak, I have the opportunity to see others. Listening to their  stories and teachings helps me to feel better by offering me comfort. It brings a sense of relief and joy.
World Stroke Day

World Stroke Day

14 years ago I had 9 strokes.  I couldn’t stand, walk, talk, see or eat.  I had to start all over again. My Taoist Tai Chi™  practice has helped me to build balance and strength, to lose fear and to do all the functions of life. It has given me my life back!~ Sasha
Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

I’ve had breast cancer twice; once before I began practicing Taoist Tai Chi™ arts and once after. The first time, I had difficulty with tightness and scarring, which made it difficult to move. When my cancer came back the second time, my recovery was much quicker because practicing the Taoist Tai Chi™ arts kept me supple and limber. It […]
Music and Jongs

Music and Jongs

I am a professional musician and Taoist Tai Chi™ practice keeps me in shape physically. It helps me not get injured, keeps me elastic, and somehow keeps my body working even if I’m nervous. The hand movements are particularly good for my playing. This is all very important for me.  ~Oren Video Player    
Helps with stress, better sleep.

Helps with stress, better sleep.

I had high stress, high anxiety, lots of pain, and very poor sleep. I was a mess and my lifestyle was not healthy. Almost by chance I tried out a Taoist Tai ChiⓇ arts class. I noticed very soon after that my anxiety was more manageable and my pain started to go away so I could sleep […]
Forever Young

Forever Young

I am 89 years old. For me, Taoist Tai Chi™ arts are a moving meditation that provide me everything I need to feel good. I can do this for myself!  When I practice opening the chest and extending the spine, I like to feel what is going on inside my body. The feeling is very important to […]
A practice for life

A practice for life

All generations benefit from the age-friendly activities of Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism. Seniors make key contributions to our community finding renewal, joy, growth & connection.  Engaging in Taoist Tai Chi™ arts leads to a feeling of internal stillness balanced with an outward expansion. Irrespective of one’s age, there is a progressively deeper connection to life, […]
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