Summer 2011

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Wow, just like that the summer (2011) is almost gone. It has been an eventful summer for me with lots of tai chi events and a trip to England at the end of July.

The classes at the YMCA finished at the end of June. It was a pleasure teaching there and I hope I can teach there again soon. I won’t be able to teach there this winter as I couldn’t match a convenient time with the Y’s scheduling. I learned a lot teaching the YMCA classes and gained a lot of valuable teaching experience. I even got to cover some mind and body classes and teach tai chi at the YMCA’s annual yoga retreat weekend in July.

This summer marked the epoch of tai chi sessions at Shake True Hoops basket ball camps. I managed to teach tai chi to youth from age 8-18 and got to work with some pretty large groups. Working with the young kids was fun but I must say I really enjoyed working with the elite high school basketball players. I was there helping them increase their balance and flexibility. These athletes picked up fast and developed a feel for tai chi’s intricate movements with ease.

Summer events were also a hit with an invite to teach at the Alzheimer Society Caregivers day. I went and taught a class to about 25 women who look after people suffering form this disease. During the day I was able to attend the other workshops on topics such as stress reduction, massage, and recognizing fatigue. It was great to use the opportunity to not only engage the participants in tai chi but also to help them enjoy them selves on their special day off.

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