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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 […]
Offering of Thanks to Deities

Offering of Thanks to Deities

As we prepare for Chinese New Year, participants from around the world gathered together virtually to thank the deities for the blessings received over the past year. The ceremony included the chanting of the Ten Thousand Buddhas Sutra to pay respect and express gratitude to all deities.
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
Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism wishes everyone a Happy New Year! May 2022 bring peace and harmony to the world.
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
Trust Letting Go

Trust Letting Go

During my individual practice, I have been learning to let go – let go of what? At first it was to let go of weight, to let myself settle, to let myself drop until it was finished. I realized, as the weeks and months went by, that letting go is so much more. It is […]
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 […]
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