What a wonderful afternoon with Tai Chi students and friends celebrating Chinese (Lunar) New Year! We filled the afternoon with red and gold colors, Chinese snacks, learning about the Year of the Wood Dragon (we had several year of the dragon born people in the room!). Then for an hour+ we all moved our energy together through Tai Chi.
WinterJade Forest illuminated us with fun lore, traditions and history of the Chinese Zodiac system.
She explained that “in Chinese mythology , the Dragon is a powerful and auspicious creature representing courage, creativity and innovation. This portends a promising year, full of possibilities and opportunities. For those born in the Year of the Wood Dragon it will be a fantastic time to start a new business or to begin growing and expanding their hopes and dreams.”
We celebrated the energy of the New Year with Tai Chi, starting with a demonstration with my students.
Then the entire group gathered to experience gentle Tai Chi principles and moves, led by Daniel Thatcher. His calm and clear instruction relaxed us and filled our bodies and the room with wonderful Qi. Qi is the vital energy or the life-force energy that keeps a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health in balance.
As we closed everybody felt refreshed, renewed and re-energized. Ah, the quiet power of Tai Chi lifting us up, emptying out thoughts, feeling centered and ready to go out to our worlds. It’s two days since this New Year’s experience and I’m still feeling the energy.
One more thing — Although not part of our celebration I came across a creative Chinese food sculpture that I need to share. Happy New Year, Year of the Wood Dragon!