Hello again, mind-body students!
Another year has come and gone. The blog continues to grow, and more and more people discover the benefits of a Tai Chi-based mind-body practice every day. For this blog, we are going to take a look back at just a few of the highlights of what happened this year.
Top 25 Tai Chi Blog!
We started the year off with a bang in 2018! At the very end of 2017, we were named one of the Top 25 Tai Chi blogs on the web by Feedspot. They identified ramelrones.com as a great blog to follow for high-quality Tai Chi content! It was truly an honor to be recognized along with the other great websites they listed.
Dana-Farber Lecture Series
Then, it was time for us to release a video blog series that was over a year in the making! Back in the fall of 2016, I gave an extended lecture at Dana-Farber as an introduction to Tai Chi and mind-body practices, which we released in seven parts here on the blog. The topics I covered ranged from posture and deep breathing to finding a qualified mind-body teacher! If you are just starting out on the blog, I highly recommend you check out these videos!
Tufts Covers Our 15 Years of Work
In the spring of this year, we announced that Tufts Medical Center had made a great video and publication featuring the integrative therapies research and treatment that my colleagues and I have been a part of for over 15 years now!
Zakim Story & Prayer
In the summer, I shared a three part blog series about the Music Heals the Soul event honoring Lenny Zakim. We got to talk about all of the amazing people involved in the Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies, discuss my old family ties to the Zakim family, and even share a bunch of photos from the event. It was a wonderful night and I am so happy I got to share it with my blog readers!
Meditative Shaking and Pulsing
After that, we had a five part series on meditative shaking and pulsing that incorporated a lot of Tai Chi theory from my book Sunset Tai Chi: Simplified Tai Chi for Relaxation and Longevity. We covered the whole body, from the ankles all the way up to the neck!
The Complete Leg Workout For Health and Martial Arts
What a workout we made here! This workout series was a full 6 weeks of great leg stretching, strengthening, and focused meditating. Every week, we introduced one stretch, one strengthening exercise, and one meditation technique that built up the foundation of our body, our legs!
Introduction to My Online Courses
Finally, just last week we finished our series introducing all of my online courses on Udemy. This series gave an intro to each of my courses, what you can expect from them, and what kind of audience each one is targeted to: upper back pain sufferers, lower back pain sufferers, people with no time, people who want to improve their focus, and much more!
What a great year! There is plenty more that we covered this year on the blog; too much to summarize in this one post. I encourage all our readers (new and old!) to look back and read other highlights from 2018 and beyond.
That’s all for the blog for 2018! We wish you all a wonderful holiday season and New Year! As always, happy stretching, deep breathing, empty your mind, strengthen your energetic system, and evoke your spirit!
Note from Matthew, the editor: As 2018 comes to a close on the blog, it is time for me to say goodbye. It has been such an honor to work with Rami on the blog for the last five years! I will always treasure every interaction I had with the many blog readers that I met and spoke with along the way. From Dana-Farber classes, to martial arts training camps, to lectures and more, Rami and I heard endless support and encouragement for the blog. There truly is no group of people more dedicated to healing and mind-body practice than all of you!
Thank you, Rami (and the late Rick Abrams!) for making me a part of this wonderful community. Even though my career is taking me on a different path, I will always be around. I am a mind-body student for life!