February 2013 Blog Posts (10)

Tai Chi-Qigong: A Whole-Person Approach to Restoring Function (MS, Stroke, Parkinson's, Arthritis)

Part 3 of a series on Tai Chi-Qigong for rehabilitation.

When one of our body parts stops functioning, let’s say an arm, there is such a mental, emotional and physical shock that we tend to focus our attention on that one part. If only that arm would move again!  We direct a lot of our…

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Added by Anna York on February 7, 2013 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Tai Chi-Qigong for Stroke Recovery When Progress Has Plateaued

Second Article in a Series on Tai Chi-Qigong for Rehabilitation

Ralph and Maria, two people in my Chi Kung class, both had strokes many years ago, and when they came to my class, they had not had therapy for some decades.  It often happens that once progress…

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Added by Anna York on February 7, 2013 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Tai Chi-Qigong: Restoring Lost Function from Stroke, MS, Parkinson's, Spinal Cord injury, much more! Part 1

Part 1 of a Series on Tai Chi-Qigong for Rehabilitation

Jeff and Maria had strokes many years ago, and  were attending my Tai Chi-Qigong (Chi Kung) class during the summer to see if they could restore some lost function. Others in the class had Parkinson's,…

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Added by Anna York on February 7, 2013 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Tai Chi-Qigong: Moving Mountains

One of the Chi Kung movements we do most frequently in my classes is called “Move the Mountain.”  This movement is powerful in building physical strength, and it is also a powerful symbol for moving any kind of huge obstacles in life, whether they be in relationships, illness, emotions, or even in community, national or world problems.

When we move the…

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Added by Anna York on February 7, 2013 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Tai Chi-Qigong: Posture and the "Power Chair"

“I’ve heard it over and over, but I never got it until today!”

Mary came into class literally glowing and looking different as she sat in her electric-powered chair.  Mary has CP, and previously she was kind of scrunched down in her chair and tilted over to the side.  She was unable to get her feet to rest squarely on the…

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Qigong: "I Bought Hiking Boots!"

Counting elephants in Kenya—not your typical everyday activity! But Jenny loves travel and that’s where she had her most recent adventure. She spent two weeks in the nature parks in Kenya roaming the tundra in search of wild elephants. Jenny has multiple sclerosis, but you can tell she doesn’t like to let it slow her down!    

Today Jenny was waiting to…

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Added by Anna York on February 7, 2013 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Tai Chi Saved Me! "Rooting" Prevents an Accident

Lori came rolling into class with something to share. Lori has multiple sclerosis, and because of weak legs and spasticity she has her feet strapped down to her electric wheelchair footpads. We had been practicing “rooting” in class, and that’s what Lori wanted to talk about. 

“Rooting” is the fundamental principle in Tai Chi and Chi Kung of getting a…

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Added by Anna York on February 7, 2013 at 4:11pm — No Comments

The Disabled Maharajah: An Inspiration to the World

Major-General H.H. Maharajadhiraja Maharana Shri Sir Bhopal Singh Bahadur, Maharana of Udaipur

Udaipur is the most beautiful city we visited while in India. Little did I know that one of its most noted Maharajahs was disabled with Potts curvature of the spine, a disease that paralyzed him from the waist down…

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Added by Anna York on February 7, 2013 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Getting Around in India with a Disability

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

There is a greater variety of ways to travel in India than just about anywhere we have been--bullock carts, tuk-tuks, tongas, motorcycles, bicycle rickshaws and much more. You may want to try some of these for brief rides, but here we will…

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Added by Anna York on February 7, 2013 at 4:07pm — No Comments

India with a Disability: Get a Great Tour Company

Get a Great Tour Company, Not Necessarily an Expensive One!

If you have a disability, you need to get a great tour company that will fulfill you special needs, no matter how challenging they are and how exotic your…

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Added by Anna York on February 7, 2013 at 4:06pm — No Comments

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