On Fridays at noon, my office offers tai chi classes. Yesterday, we did several sets of “fly like an eagle” (http://www.everyday-taichi.com/qigong-exercises-flying-eagle.html), and the dreamy song of the same title has played like an earworm since.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, food and movement are keys to good health. At The Free Farm, we’re super healthy as we improve access to good food while we do lots of movements! Because May is Asthma Awareness Month (http://www.cdc.gov/Features/AsthmaAwareness/), it’s a kind reminder of how movement can help health conditions (http://www.webmd.com/asthma/news/20081028/tai-chi-may-help-control-asthma). Asthma is a Metal (lung) condition and the bird in flight movement (such as flapping one’s arms) stimulates the lung channel, as it involves deep abdominal breathing exercises that strengthen the lungs by pulling energy into the body (http://www.examiner.com/article/the-five-animals-work-on-your-joints-and-bones-that-are-seldom-exercised).
At The Free Farm today, my abdominal muscles got a terrific workout from laughing so hard because either I’m so easily amused or my fellow Free Farmers are really funny, tehe :O). And maybe I was giddy because we completed construction of our garden table!!! Check out our movements below :-)
http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/pdf/newsletters/MindlessNewsletwinterbig.pdf). Despite the lighter colors of Stanley's food contrasting the dark color of this bowl, I paid more attention to my appetite for delicious food and got second helpings :-)
Please join us on our next volunteer workday for another movement-packed day of asthma relief! Breathe deeply and may your qi flow!
Public Service Announcements:
Sun., May 6, 2012, 10:30 am, Storytime + Garden Walk
Helen Crocker Russell Library, SF Botanical Garden, 9th Ave. at Lincoln Way, SF
Starting in May, storytime will be held on the first and third Sunday of each month. We’ve had our share of April showers, so May’s books are all about flowers. Our featured book, Princess Chamomile’s Garden, is all about mouse-princess Chamomile and her quest to plant her own garden on the royal grounds. This book will get children thinking about planning and growing a garden of their own. http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/visiting/
Thurs., May 10, 2012, 7:30-9 pm, Urban Tree Ecology with Ted Kipping
Randall Museum Theater, 199 Museum Way, SF 94114.
Come learn about what trees are naturally adapted to and what we subject them to in our biologically depauperate urban environment. This talk will change the way you view the trees of San Francisco! For more information, contact Patrick Schlemmer at JKodiak@earthlink.net or (415) 225-3830. http://www.sfns.org/