"Recently, Ron Levy and Donna Gorski came to Ru Yi Studio to share their Tai Ji practice with us. We gained some additional insights to this wonderful form of moving meditation. Ron and Donna studied from different teachers who studied from their teachers tracing back to Master Zheng Mang Qing, who was a well known Chinese scholar, calligrapher/painter. He practiced and taught Tai Ji Qi Gong in the U. S. in his mature years, and inspired many westerners to follow this line of study and training.
It was very good for us to observe Ron and Donna's practice. It was gratifying to see the truth in the fundamental concept of Tai Ji that is clear in any style or form. It was obvious to us they practice consistently and enjoy the benefits of this practice. We appreciate very much their demonstration and sharing of their experiences. Ron Levey furthere expressed his thoughts on the subject: "I agree with you completely that the fundamental concepts of Tai Chi are not the exclusive property of any one style or form and that it is the underlying principles that define the practice. I also like to tell people that the ultimate purpose of any form is merely to be a vehicle to the essential content. Form practice serves as an external, physical gateway that enables a practitioner to eventually access the internal energetics by increasing the mind-body awareness. As the mind-body connection becomes stronger and more refined, we become more able to explore the internal dynamics that make Tai Chi such an effective way to improve both physical and mental health as well as many other benefits".
Tai Ji practice, is now familiar to a lot of westerners from extensive teachings by a multitude of teachers, and I must add, thanks to the Kung Fu movies introducing martial artists like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chen and Jet Li to us. While it serves another purpose in commerce and entertainment, this practice is by no means a glamorous, exotic thing to buy for enjoyment. It requires hard work and our respect for the ancient masters who passed it down for the welfare of human kind.
Many have found Tai Ji practice beneficial to them. As to claims of any specific schools and lineage, that is an individual preference. I don't believe anyone can copyright Tai Ji or Qi Gong practice, or claim one style is better than another. If it works for you, then it is yours to keep. But if you don't practice, you cannot keep it in the 'to do later' file because when you finally decide to go back to it, it may have gone from you."
2013 bears the Chinese Zodiac Symbol of the "Snake" in the "Water" element. We like to think of this particular year in the sense of a "water serpent" and not so much a snake in the ground. The multifaceted wisdom gathered from ancient Chinese traditions in connection to nature and universal energies lead us to understand how this particular year is so appropriately different from last year's symbol, the Dragon.
The Snake as a unique creature has so much to teach us:
*A Snake can blend in with nature and adapt
*A Snake can bend and make detours
*A Snake can compress or stretch when situation demands it
*A Snake is cautious, observant, but decisive at the right moment
*A Snake moves slowly and silently, but swift when the right moment arrives
*A Snake is able to shed old skin and renew
This year we spent Chinese New Year's Day with old and new friends at our casual Tea Party with goodies to eat and stories to share. We appreciate your support and encouragement for us to continue our multicultural activities and serve the community.
Year of the Dragon started out with Chinese New Year celebration in our new location in town. Friends joined in the Lion Dance and Reuben Medina and Friends played music for us. Discussion and sharing of Chinese Spring Cleansing Festival stories and kite making.
In the Summer, Guest Artists Alison Hong-Novotney shared Afro/Cuban Folkloric dance and music with us.
Hight light of TIS Fall Bazaar, 2012 was the lecture and music performance by composer, poet, Latif Bolat, from Turkey. We heard beautiful music played on traditional instrument and learned about Sufi culture, poetry by Rumi, and historical background of Mr. Bolat's country. Award-winning author Robert Egby shared his new book about sprial energy in many locations around the world and in Northern New Mexico.
When the snow came to announce winter, we slowed down for reflections and to appreciate our friends and family.
Thus the Year of the Dragon fully enriched us in many ways. Thanks to All.
Enjoy 2012 images below in the slide show
Guest Artist Alison Hong-Novotney with T.I.S. friends at Ru Yi Studio
The Afro-Cuban Dance/Music/Culture event co-sponsored with Taos International Society, with guest artist Alison Hong-Novotney, was a success with many T.I.S. and Ru Yi Studio friends joining us, as well as new out of town friends spending time afterwards in the dance and enjoyed discussions and refreshments.
Alison's lectures helped us to appreciate the depth of the Afro-Cuban culture and the rich traditions that are captured in the music and the dance movements. Afro-Cuban rhythms are inspiring and motivating! The drumming beats were exciting to hear and to dance to. We found ourselves up and dancing and had a wonderful time. Alison also showed us images of the people, their daily lives in dance performances, street parties and spiritual rituals. We were introduced to the interplay between the dance and the percussion music played on conga drums and bata drums, and even with spoons on the walls when the spirit moved them.
Thanks to all for your support and participation; especially to Teresa Austin for the lovely flower arrangements and gracious reception to guests. Our appreciation also goes to Mike Caron who provided technical support to sound connection and video filming.
We were able to raise some needed donations to support future T.I.S. programs and events. Many thanks again to all until next time. Check in with us for upcoming events on the web or just give us a call to stay connected. 575-776-5126 - www.ruyistudio.com and www.taosinternationalsociety.weebly.com
Photo above shows a Chinese Tea Ceremony performed by a student in Wu Yi University, Fu Jian, China. We plan to offer a "Tea For Health" presentation at Pearl Huang's Ru Yi Studio of Multicultural Arts in Taos sometime this summer, as well as introducing more multicultural art exhibits and events.
Classes will only be taught in the mornings Tuesday through Friday during summer. Private sessions can be booked in advance. Studio will be closed on Mondays.
Special Events will be announced. Check the "Program" and "Upcoming Events" Section, or call us for the latest updates and more information: 575/776-5126, 575/758-7282, or submit a contact/inquiry form on the web.
On January 24, 2012 Ru Yi Studio hosted our first Chinese New Year celebration at our new multicultural center in Taos. Pearl Huang, Lulu Lokey, Christopher Heron and Melissa Larson did the Lion Dance with the beautiful Lion Heads that were hand made by Melissa and Lulu with recycled materials for last year's celebration.
Craig Beaudry and others demonstrated Tai Ji forms. Wonderful live music was offered by Taos artist/musicians Reuben Medina, Steve Lamar, John Owens, Mike Caron, Joel Larson and many others.
A lovely Potluck with a variety of foods from many gournet cooks was enjoyed. Special thanks go to our local favorite Chinese Restuarant owners, Songs and Yu Garden, who donated exotic and unique Chinese cuisine for us.
This week, new winter session classes begin at Ru Yi Studio of Multicultural Arts. What a perfect beginning for the Year of the Dragon. We are on the move to soar to reach our goals with positive energy and support from everyone. Thank you!
As 2011, the Year of the Hare, is coming to an end, Ru Yi Studio will expand to a new location with more space for our classes, workshops and exciting new programs.
In the coming "Year of the Dragon", starting January 22nd, 2012, our new location will be in the center of Town of Taos with plenty of parking space in the back. Our new address is 108 Civic Plaza Drive, Unit A, Taos, New Mexico, 87517. New class schedules are being created. Check our Programs Section and plan on joining in. Chinese New Year celebrations are being planned for the weekend of January 21st, 22nd. Get ready to enjoy the festivities with us at our new location in town.
Guest teachers and artists who share our artistic and cultural interests are welcome to participate and discuss net-working possibilities. Let us hear from you with your comments and inputs. Thank you.
Pearl Weng Liang Huang, Founder of
Ru Yi Studio of Multicultural Arts