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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
Goon Yam Festival

Goon Yam Festival

Today participants of Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism around the world chanted to pay respect to Goon Yam (Guanyin), the bodhisattva of compassion. Goon Yam inspires the cultivation of compassion. Celebrating her through chanting, our intention is to bring more peace and harmony to the world.  
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    
Double Ninth Festival

Double Ninth Festival

On the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, participants of Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism chanted the Scripture of Filial Piety to celebrate the Double Ninth Festival. Chanting expresses our intention to pay our respects to our elders and to our ancestors, and our wish for everlasting harmony.
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 […]
Our Private Practice

Our Private Practice

Feet planted. Body grounded. A starting point. The stuff we carry around mentally, spiritually, physically. We become our own teachers. Trust, responsibility, letting go. Learning on a different level.  Just be in the practice. Step back from worry about what comes next. Be comfortable, listen to our own bodies.Move, trust, feel it deep inside. Using our practice.Helps us support others.Mentally, spiritually and […]
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, […]
Wong Dai Sin Festival

Wong Dai Sin Festival

Participants of Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism around the world chanted together on September 29 to celebrate the festival of Wong Dai Sin. He was a simple shepherd who displayed great virtue and is said to have cultivated immortality by practising the Taoist Arts. His story tells us that with a good heart anyone […]
Finding Harmony 3

Finding Harmony 3

Liseth W. of our Costa Rica affiliate brushes knees at Manuel Antonio Beach on the Central Pacific Coast in Costa Rica. Please send images of your self practice—ideally with a local landmark or other indication of your location —along with your name, branch, location, and permission to publish to blog.usa@taoist.org. We cannot guarantee publication, but […]
Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival

On September 21 participants of Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism chanted in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The autumn moon is a time when families and friends come together to appreciate what we received over the past year. Together, while enjoying mooncakes, we wish each other good health and longevity.
Arthritis Awareness

Arthritis Awareness

My arthritis is called ankylosing spondylitis and it affects my spine. When the inflammation is happening, it’s very painful.  
 I’ve been doing Taoist Tai Chi® arts ever since I was first diagnosed, and that’s what I mostly use to manage the pain.  It keeps me moving … and if I don’t move, I seize up. My […]
Posture

Posture

When I prepare meals, I apply the principles taught in the Taoist Tai Chi® practice. I keep my posture aligned, allowing my chest to be open and my shoulders to be relaxed. This simple detail makes my back pain disappear.  ~Christine
Finding Harmony 2

Finding Harmony 2

“Wherever you are, you can find a danyu bar.” – Rich P. of Dunedin, FL, doing assisted danyus at Lobster Buoy campsite in South Thomaston, Maine Please send images of your self practice—ideally with a local landmark or other indication of your location —along with your name, branch, location, and permission to publish to blog.usa@taoist.org. We […]
Taoist Tai Chi® practice and weightlifting

Taoist Tai Chi® practice and weightlifting

I have been practicing Taoist Tai Chi® arts consistently since I turned 28. Now 22 years later and through many years of competing nationally and internationally as an Olympic-style weightlifter and powerlifter, I find that Taoist Tai Chi® practice is an integral part of my physical, mental and spiritual health. I am proud of my history as an […]
Finding Harmony

Finding Harmony

Brendan F. of Buffalo, NY, takes Taoist Tai Chi® arts to new heights at the Grand Canyon.  Please send images of your self practice—ideally with a local landmark or other indication of your location —along with your name, branch, location, and permission to publish to blog.usa@taoist.org. We cannot guarantee publication, but we will try our […]
Increased Energy

Increased Energy

I take prescription medication that suppresses central nervous system activity, making it hard for me to get up in the morning. In BC, the online chanting and Board of Directors discussions take place on Saturday mornings at 6:30 am. When the suspension of in-person activities happened, I was excited to have the opportunity to chant […]
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