“I’m standing in my space bubble and doing my Tai Chi Animal Frolics.” My five year-old student, Talya, stood calmly in her place and moved smoothly from one animal movement to the next as she said these words. Her face showed a peaceful expression not typical of her. Several weeks earlier, she would have been more likely to come into my room and have an immediate conflict with one of the other children in her class. Now, having learned the Tai Chi Animal Frolics and getting to practice each week in my integrated arts class, she seemed secure, having her own space in which to move calmly, with no one distracting or bothering her. It’s such a simple thing, yet a rarity, to have this kind of opportunity in a school setting, to have a space to yourself anywhere. Her special education aide told me that she often practiced the Tai Chi Animal Frolics in a corner of her classroom when things were particularly stressful for her. Whenever I question myself about the potential of the Tai Chi Animal Frolics and the impact it can have on children, I think of her, and feel a strong conviction to make this program available to as many children as possible.
- Teaching Tai Chi Animal Frolics in my new studio
- Tai Chi Animal Frolics workshop at U.W. Madison Dance Department
- Jeanbaptiste and the Pouncing Tiger
- Mini-residency at Midvale Elementary School in Madison
- Wisconsin Health and Physical Education (WHPE) Conference 2011
- My Successful Tai Chi/Qigong Program in a Public School
- Cranes of the World Festival 2011
- A Week of Mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh
- Tai Chi Animal Frolics in Nepal
- A respite from the relentless stress of daily life.