A long clip 22.47 but worth watching if you want to practice Qigong lying down on the floor or in bed. It’s from Acupunx and contains several short segments of breathing and moving exercises.
I may develop my own staff training program so staff can teach aged care residents with restricted mobility issues, in the aged care sector – if there is interest
This week I’m running a special one hour presentation for fifty grade five students at a primary school.
It’s part of the Pozitive Kidz are happy kidz program I run, and in this session the emphasis will be on leadership, self esteem and confidence.
All the skills I teach are based on Tai Chi. I simply adapt them to suit the various age groups I work with – from 5 years old to 103 years old!
As usual, I’ll have my props with me for the students to emphasise key points – Hammy Hamster, Spooky and Monkey Brain. I’ll also run a short conversation segment (based on the principles of Appreciative Inquiry) to highlight positive leadership experiences and skills.
To finish the session, I’ll use my favourite toy, ‘Jacques the Shark’, which always gets the students excited and laughing.
And I’ll bring my teachers’ aide to help – a two metre long Tai Chi staff. 🙂
In my Sports Chi program one of the areas we cover is to look at the practical meaning of various Chinese proverbs and/or quotes that can help athletes improve their performance.
One of my favourite quotes is ‘invest in loss’, which is thought provoking because it makes you think on a different level when it comes to success in contests and games.
Obviously you need to focus on what needs to done to be successful, but just as importantly you need to think about what you’re prepared to give up to be successful.
For example, you may have to give up time, money, energy or booze etc. to achieve your sporting goals.
Once you identify what you need to give up and take action on that, then you’ll understand and appreciate the true meaning of ‘invest in loss’ and move towards success.
One of the residents at a recent Chair Chi session sat away from the group watching us.
After a little while he started to copy our movements which was pleasing. Eventually he got up, grabbed his chair and joined the group.
Towards the end of the session he left and I wondered where he had gone. Then he reappeared wheeling in his wife, who was in a wheelchair. They both joined the group. She sat watching and he again participated.
At the end of the session I said goodbye to the group and walked towards the door. He quickly followed me and said, ‘I’ve done Tai Chi before but I’ve forgotten the moves’.
I reassured him that the principles of Tai Chi and Chair Chi are the same and the movements he had forgotten are still there – they only need to be rediscovered’. He smiled and I reckon he’ll back for the next session
It’s great when a resident decides to join in without being asked.
They are always welcomed and I think what encourages them is the good Chi in the room.