Apr - Jun  2017. Jennifer's  Tai Chi and Wellness Class Schedule

The Balanced Body
Simple and Natural Solutions for Healthy Living.

A Note from Jennifer

Dear Friends,

Spring is a time for inspiration and renewal and this edition of The Balanced Body is full of great ideas to “spring clean” your health and balance your energy.

You will also find my current Tai Chi class schedule as well as upcoming special events.

I look forward to seeing you soon.
Peace and Love,


“Spring comes and the grass grows by itself.”

– Zen saying


Spring Clean Your Health

Spring is a wonderful time to make simple yet powerful changes to enhance your health.

Try New Things
Spring welcomes the arrival of new seasonal fruits and vegetables that provide healthy vitamins and nutrients. Include new produce that you've never tried before in your meal plan or prepare them differently than usual to spice things up.

Inventory your food pantry and throw away items that have expired or gone stale. Restock and refresh staples, including cooking and baking basics like herbs, spices, and flour. 

Eliminate Allergens
Wash towels, blankets, and linens. If you suffer from allergies replace your pillows at least every six months and consider covering your box spring, mattress, and pillows with dust mite protective covers. Wipe down ceiling fan blades and smooth surfaces. Dust and vacuum behind and underneath furniture.

Change It Up
If the winter months kept you inside, take your fitness routine outdoors. Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine with a walk, run, or bike ride outside. Connect with nature and practice tai chi, meditation, and yoga in the park or on the beach.

American Massage Therapy Association. (2017). Out With The Old. Massage Therapy Journal, 80.

The Wood Element

Nature is waking up from her winter slumber as spring arrives and brings warmer and brighter days. In traditional Chinese medicine spring is associated with the Wood Element, which represents the Liver and Gallbladder. The Liver is responsible for the smooth flow of qi, blood, and emotions. The emotion of anger, the sound of shouting, and the taste of sour are associated with the Wood Element. “If you constantly crave sour foods, or are under a great deal of stress and feel angered easily, then your Liver function needs support” (Lu, 2017).

During the winter the Wood Element rests, storing and concentrating its’ energy. As winter draws to a close, Wood initiates the rising energy of spring and new life. Trees and flowers bud and blossom and animals give birth as the new cycle of life begins. By following nature’s lead and resting during the winter, you will ensure you’re ready to “spring” into the season with energy, a sense of purpose, clear vision, and action.

Ways to live in harmony with spring and re-balance yourself:

•    Go outside and breathe fresh air, feel the sunshine, and observe and enjoy nature.
•    Take a long walk outside or do other gentle exercises to relax your mind, body, and spirit.
•    Stay calm and don’t get caught up in spring’s intense energy.
•    Play with plants. Grow a garden. Eat greens.
•    Avoid alcohol – drinking in moderation can help preserve your Liver’s energy.
•    Look at situations, yourself, and others with fresh eyes. 
•    Allow new ideas to grow over and replace old ones. 
•    Be creative and try new things.

Be sure to use your spring energy mindfully so you may harvest the crops you truly want to sow in yourself and in your life.

Gumenick, N. (2017, March 17). Cycles: Spring The Season of Wood Energy. Retrieved from The Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Inc.:
Lu, D. N. (2017, March 17). Liver/Gallbladder According to Five Elements Theory. Retrieved from Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation:

Simple Liver Exercise

Form a loose fist with each hand. Keeping your fists and wrists relaxed gently tap with the palm side of your fists up the inside of your legs. Start at your ankles and continue up the inside of your calves and inner thighs. Repeat for three to five minutes. This exercise gently stimulates your Liver meridian and allows your qi to flow freely thus relaxing the Liver. You may perform this simple and effective exercise daily.

“People who shine from within don’t need a spotlight.”

- Unknown

Tai Chi & Qi Gong Classes Spring 2017 Schedule

Greenbriar Woodlands Adult Community 
Residents Only
WHAT:  Tai Chi Fusion Classes
WHERE: Club House 
WHEN:  Early Spring - Wednesdays, March 15, (Skip March 22), 29, April 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2017
Spring - Wednesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, (Skip June 7), and June 14, 2017
TIME: 9:30 - 10:30 am
WHO:  All levels welcome
Investment:  $10 per class drop in rate or prepaid discount $48 for 6 weeks
RSVP: or voice mail/ text 973-670-4064

WHAT:  Therapeutic Qi Gong Classes
WHERE: Club House 
WHEN: See dates for Tai Chi Fusion Classes listed above
TIME: 11 - 11:30 am
WHO:  All levels welcome including students with wheelchairs/walkers
Investment:  $5 per class drop in rate or prepaid discount $25 for 6 weeks
RSVP: or voice mail/ text 973-670-4064

Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures and breathing techniques with focused intention. This class is perfect for anyone looking to stay or get healthy and increase their vitality, prevent chronic illness, and relieve the symptoms of aging and disease. Enjoy this gentle 30 minute low impact class, which includes simple and easy-to-remember movements to improve your strength, balance, and coordination.  

Sangha Yoga – Tai Chi Classes - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
WHERE: 673 Batchelor Street, Toms River NJ
WHEN: Early Spring - Thursdays, March 9, 16, (Skip March 23), 30, April 6, 13, and 20, 2017
Spring - Thursdays, April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, and June 1, 2017
TIME: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
WHO:  All levels welcome
INVESTMENT: 6 Classes for $75 prepaid package (due 1st day of series) or $15 per class drop-in rate.
RSVP: Please pay directly through the studio. For more information, visit

Toms River Yacht Club Tai Chi Classes
Members Only - Public by request
WHEN:  Tuesdays, March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, and May 2, 2017
TIME:  6:30 – 7:30 pm
WHO:  All levels welcome
INVESTMENT:  6 Classes for $75 prepaid package (due 1st day of series) or $20 per class drop-in rate. 
RSVP: or voice mail/ text 973-670-4064

Upcoming Special Events

World Tai Chi Day
WHEN:  Saturday, April 29, 2017
TIME:  9:45 am - 12ish pm
WHO:  All levels welcome
INVESTMENT:  Please bring a food item to share for the potluck lunch
RSVP:  By April 21 - or voice mail/ text 973-670-4064

Experience a traditional Master Jou style class, complete with warm-up exercises, meditation, Qi Gong, Chen style Tai Chi, nature, friendship, and potluck lunch! Friends and family are welcome. Please bring food items to share. 

Immortal Chi

WHEN:  Sunday, May 7, 2017
TIME:  7:30 pm (meet in lobby by 7 pm)
INVESTMENT:  $30 - $35 per ticket plus any handling and administrative fees
LOCATION: Grunin Center for the Arts, Main Stage, Ocean County College
RSVP:  by April 21 - or voice mail/ text 973-670-4064

Immortal Chi weaves a compelling narrative around a Tai Chi master and his ultimate challenge to regain his inner energy and life force. Audiences can expect to see adrenalin packed stunts, traditional weaponry, and incredible feats of human endurance, innovative video projections and stunning costumes. In short, Immortal Chi is a feast for the senses that brings the ancient traditions and rich theatrical history of China to life with a rousing 21st-century twist.
Master Jou’s Tsung Hwa’s Birthday Celebration
WHEN:  Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, 2017
TIME:  Saturday 9 am - 6:30 pm, Sunday 9 am - 4 pm
WHO:  All levels welcome
INVESTMENT:  Early Registration (before June 30) $60 for one day, $100 for both days  
LOCATION:  The Master Jou, Tsung Hwa Memorial Tai Chi Park Foundation, 818 Route 23 Wantage, NJ 07461
RSVP:  For more information and to register visit: or call Bruce at (862) 268-6867

Celebrate Master Jou’s Centennial Birthday with Us! Come join and become part of the family of students, colleagues and friends of the late Master Jou, Tsung Hwa in honoring and celebrating his memory by sharing his Tai Chi principles, practices, and philosophies on the Anniversary of his birth on July 13, 1917. Enjoy a full weekend of workshops, demonstrations, and inspirations by colleagues, instructors and students.

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Monmouth and Ocean County
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