Cherry Blossoms in Yu Yuan Tan Park in Full Bloom
With Spring in full bloom (I have a bunch of Cherry Blossom pictures to prove it), this is the season for activity, a time of renewal and the stirring and loosening of stored energy after the longest winter in the history of winters (that’s how long this past winter felt anyway). Now that it’s finally over (hallelujah!), I’ve gotten back into the grind of training for upcoming half-marathon in Inner Mongolia (click here for info about the Genghis Khan Inner Mongolia Outdoor Adventure) thanks to Heyrobics and HeyRunning’s Summer Camp 2013. As great as it is to start pushing for more physical exercise and to “sweat like a Swede”, the motivation to push yourself really only comes in spurts (let’s be honest guys, we all have a tendency to get lazy and not hit the gym for weeks/months at a time) and what happens once there comes a day when your body just can’t handle a 5k run and hour-long intense aerobics programs?
For those of me who are keen and curious to learn about long-term ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle focused on balance and learn about the traditional Chinese practice of Qi Gong, a cross between deep-breathing, meditation and stretching, I’m delighted to spread the word about a FREE health talk presented by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner and educator, Alex Tan of Straight Bamboo TCM Clinic aka The Hutong’s TCM Guru and my Health Hero.
The first time I met Alex Tan was about a year ago when I showed up for his free health talk and since then, it’s had a powerful impact on my lifestyle. I’ve changed my eating and sleeping habits for the better and changed the way I think about one’s overall state of health and well-being.
With a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Alex has been practicing for almost 10 years. He runs his own Straight Bamboo health clinic out of The Hutong Community Center and leads TCM health related courses that can positively affect your health for the rest of your life.
My Health Hero Alex Tan Teaches the Principles of TCM
This weekend (Sunday, May 5), Alex will be presenting an invaluable session introducing how we can use both eastern and western ideas to improve our health and how to incorporate these into our daily lives in both a practical and useful way.
“Alex Tan explains the real keys to Chinese metaphysical ideas and how to use this as a platform to launch into a new paradigm of health taking you to the place where you have the vibrancy and energy to be who you want to be, to do what you want to do… To pursue your dreams!” - The Hutong
Learn to “inhale”the best of Chinese medicine and culture
A fresh perspective on health in clear, straight-forward steps following Chinese medicine as it was meant to be used and taking a more proactive approach to taking care of your body and mental health.
“Treating disease after it has manifested is like digging a well after you are thirsty or forging weapons after the war has begun.” - Yellow Emperor’s internal classic 221BCE
Taking place this Sunday, May 5 starting at 3PM at The Hutong Culture and Community Center, you can sign up for this free health talk here.
How is this class free you ask? Well, this is a lead in to non-obligatory a 5 session “Eat Sleep Breathe” Workshop in the following weeks (starting May 19).
“In this five-session ‘Eat Sleep Breathe’ workshop we aim to help you to lift the veil on some of the ideas and philosophy behind Asian health and lifestyle practices. The goal of this program is that you will acquire a basic understanding of the concepts of traditional Chinese health & longevity. The aim is to also to become proficient in an authentic set of ancient Qi Gong exercises, leaving you with the motivation and ability to include these positive rhythms into your daily life. ”
Click here to read about Alex Tan’s 5-week course that introduces a different perspective on nutrition, diet, and a preventative philosophy of living. Instead of just waiting to get sick and cure yourself with a quick-fix, Alex teaches you easy ways to incorporate healthy habits into your daily life for restoring and maintaining energy, being more efficient and feeling more positive.
Alex Tan teaches new perspectives on nutrition, the importance of scheduled eating habits and preventative Chinese health
Alex Tan Leads a Qi Gong Breathing Workshop on The Hutong’s Rooftop
Date: Sunday, May 5, 2013
Location: The Hutong
Address: #1 Jiu Dao Wan Zhong Xiang Hutong 东城区九道弯中巷1号
RSVP: Click here to sign up.
About Alex Tan’s Straight Bamboo TCM Clinic:
Straight Bamboo TCM Clinic is open 5 days a week for acupressure and related treatments.
Individualised and personal treatment with a focus on holistic health, effective communication & information for English speakers
Treatment and assistance designed to help you understand your imbalance and what you can do about it using Chinese medicine dietary therapy, Qigong, positive psychology and daily rhythms
Acupressure, Moxibustion, Cupping, Gua-sha & Massage
Lifestyle Consultation – How to gain greater health & happiness using ancient Chinese health knowledge; for people who want to increase health awareness and discover balance through positive interventions