Learn how to repulse the monkey after you do commencing form by everydaytaichi lucy chun at Kilauea Park, Honolulu, Hawaii
Flowers galore for Alice as we welcome in the Year of the Rooster, by everydaytaichi lucy chun, Honolulu, Hawaii
lucy's mother, Alice Lau Lo, our family matriarch, once used to cook Chinese New Year rice pudding, gau, for each of her children and friends, and also cooked us jai, vegetarian monk's food, which she made sure we had for breakfast on the first day of the New Year.
Today, she relaxes and enjoys the cool and windy weather in her Kuliouou home of 70 years, with her loving care givers, Bessie, Lavender, and Catherine, who keep her strong at 100+ years young!
Happy Chinese New Year: Kung He Fat Choy from a rooster... everydaytaichi lucy & ken, Honolulu, Hawaii
The art of carving Chinese narcissus has been passed down to ken by his father. Here are a few of his narcissus cultures he has created. Click here for a collection of photos and instructions on how to grow narcissus for both the traditional long stem as well as the crab claw style.
Thursday Level 1 & Level 3 everydaytaichi classes off to a great start to welcome the year of the Rooster at Kilauea District Park
Maintain tai chi posture as you play Yang 24 tai chi, stretch and relax to develop your peng energy, by everydaytaichi lucy chun
Laying down tai chi basics & tai chi posture as we Commence at Kilauea District Park by everydaytaichi lucy, Honolulu, Hawaii
everydaytaichi lucy & ken wish you all a Happy Chinese New Year, Kung He Fat Choy from Honolulu, Hawaii
Exercise to Help You Stay Sharp, Calm and Discipline
by Phil Hardesty
When you treat a friend really well, have you noticed how he or she will relax and expand, producing funnier jokes and smarter insights? Treat your body as your friend, and you’ll see the same change in yourself.
Being strong will also keep you sharp
I hear it all the time—“My workouts keep me sane,” usually followed by a laugh. Beyond weight-loss, firmer muscles, and feeling better in your body, exercise is like money in the bank. It gives you a stash of confidence. People leave the gym with a bounce in their strides.
That confidence is justified. Exercise has documented benefits for your mind as well as your body. It will help you ward off mental decline as you age and stay calm, disciplined, upbeat and mindful of your physical needs.
Being strong will also keep you sharp. In a 2017 study published in Current Sports Medicine Reports, researchers from the University of Mexico reported that exercise improves blood flow in the brain and boosts the formation of new neurons. As a result, it cuts your risk of developing Alzheimer’s and can help slow decline in dementia patients.
According to the Alzheimer’s Society, the best exercise is a combination of cardio, strength, balance and fun activities like gardening or playing ball; anything that keeps you mobile, improves circulation to the brain and helps with balance and coordination.
Knowing that you’re taking good care of yourself tends to feed confidence, and a sense of well-being. A 2016 study by Japanese researchers published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine further confirmed previous research that people who exercise are less likely to get depressed. (See Ornish Living article, The Powerful Benefits of Combining Exercise and Meditation for Depression.)
On a day when the stresses mount, go for a strenuous workout. Fear is our body’s response to danger. Back on the savannah we could throw a rock at the hyena rooting through our food or run from the tiger. In modern life, we often can’t directly tackle a threat. You can, however, put your body to work. By lifting weights, striding at your maximum speed and breaking a good sweat, you’ll quiet the anxious monologue in your head and burn away the stress. A 2016 study from a team in Budapest published in Psychiatria Hungarica concluded that regular moderate intensity exercise (ie. anything that elevates your heart rate) can even relieve symptoms in people with an anxiety problem like panic disorder or agoraphobia.
Regular exercise can help you stay on track with a healthy diet as well as your regular commitments and obligations. A 2006 study from a team at Macquarie University in Sydney, published in the British Journal of Health Psychology, tracked how well volunteers were able to run their lives after they began exercising. After two months of regular workouts,the participants said they felt less stressed and had cut back on smoking, alcohol and coffee. They also reported eating healthier food and keeping up with chores and commitments.
Athletes often say that learning to work through physical discomfort when they set fitness goals gives them greater tolerance for emotional discomfort, too. A rejection, for example, is less likely to send you to the bar to drown your sorrows. (See Ornish Living article, Fitness That Works for Pro Athletes Can Also Work For You)
Staying In Touch
Many of us forget our bodies in the course of a modern day. You might be hunched before a computer for hours, running on too little sleep, carrying too many pounds, or ignoring chronic pain. When you exercise, you develop an awareness of your muscles, joints and sweat on your skin. The more we move, the more likely we are to notice when we’re hungry or tired or sick—we’re paying attention. Fatigue or soreness remind us that we only have one body and it needs our attention and love.
NEW 2017 Tai Chi Classes to begin at Kilauea District Park by everydaytaichi by lucy chun, Honolulu, Hawaii
Mondays 530PM Level 1:
Jan. 23- April 10 ( 2 holidays: Presidents Day, Prince Kuhio Day)
Tuesdays 9AM Level 2:
Jan. 24-March 28
Thursdays 9AM Level 1:
Jan. 26-March 30
Thursdays 10AM Level 3:
Jan. 26-March 30
Playing Tai Chi is like a holiday ALL the time for us at Aina Koa Park, everydaytaichi lucy's non-instructional session, Honolulu, Hawaii
Today's VOG is so bad that the Tyndall effect is affecting my vision, by everydaytaichi lucy chun, Honolulu, Hawaii
Hawaii News NOW reports: VOG Invades Oahu
HONOLULU (AP) - Vog -- or volcanic smog -- emanating from erupting Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island blanketed Oahu, 200 miles to the northwest, today.
The state Department of Health says the volcanic haze was carried by Kona wind conditions, which are normal for this time of year.
Lisa Young is an environmental health specialist with the department's Clean Air Branch.
She described the vog this morning in Honolulu as "quite heavy." The department issued a no-burn notice to farmers on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island who have permits to burn agricultural waste.
The vog will remain until the tradewinds return, which the National Weather Service predicts will be Thursday.
Vog is formed when sulfur dioxide gas reacts with sunlight, oxygen, dust particles and water.
The sky is soo bright that I have to shield my eyes from the heavy blanket of VOG that also makes me tear, cough and sneeze, as if I have an allergy or a cold!
According to Wikipedia:
The Tyndall effect, also known as Tyndall scattering, is light scattering by particles in a colloid or else particles in a very fine suspension. It is named after the 19th-century physicist John Tyndall.
Ken, on his morning hike in Hawaii Kai spotted yet another interesting sight on the mountain trail. Something that he's never seen before! It is a red star mushroom. See Wikipedia description below.
Red Star Mushroom, according to Wikipedia:
The first native Australian fungus to be formally described, Aseroe rubra was collected in 1800 in southern Tasmania and named by the French botanist Jacques Labillardière. The scientific name is derived from the Ancient Greek words Asē/αση 'disgust' and roē/ροη 'juice', and the Latin ruber 'red'. It is a member of the stinkhorn family Phallaceae though has been placed by some mycologists in a separate family Clathraceae. Like them it bears its spores in a brownish slime which smells of feces or carrion and attracts flies, which spread the spores.
It begins as a partly buried whitish egg-shaped structure 3 cm (1 1⁄4 in) in diameter, which bursts open as a hollow white stalk with reddish arms erupts and grows to a height of 10 cm (3.9 in). It matures into a reddish star-shaped structure with six to ten arms up to 3.5 cm (11⁄2 in) long radiating from the central area. These arms are bifid (deeply divided into two limbs). The top of the fungus is covered with dark olive-brown slime or gleba, which smells of rotting meat. There is a cup-shaped volva at the base that is the remnants of the original egg.
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