Friday, February 10, 2006

San Francisco Enjoys Spring Like Weather

A man reads a newspaper as he relaxes on a park bench in Washington Square Park with St. Peter and Paul Church in the background.
A woman practices Tai Chi in Washington Square Park in San Francisco. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese system of slowly flowing movements and shifts of balance that strengthens the legs while conditioning the tendons and ligaments of the ankles, knees, and hips, increasing their range of motion and making them more resilient, less prone to injury. The constant weight shifts train balance and body awareness, leading to confident ease of movement within the form and in everyday life. Tai Chi is a physical exercise that focuses the mind, while conditioning the body. Practicing twenty minutes a day dissipates stress and reduces stress-related debilities, increases stamina, and strengthens the body and will. Western Science recognizes the following benefits of practicing Tai Chi: increased oxygen uptake and utilization (more efficient breathing), reduced blood pressure, slower declines in cardiovascular power, increased bone density, increased strength and range of motion of joints, greater leg strength, knee strength, and flexibility, reduced levels of stress hormones during and after practice, improved immune function, and heightened mood states. So get out there people and improve your Chi!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Rain Rain Go Away....

Rain poured down on San Francisco and Northern California today and will be in the area for the next few days. Rainfall in California has hit recored highs in January with heavy storms flooding out many cities and towns.