CTCC thanks Cawood Fitzhugh for this article. Ms. Cawood is a T’ai Chi participant who recently retired as a Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care.
Please note: Any dizziness should always be checked out by your medical provider. The facts on hydration are the same for all, unless there is someone who is medically on a fluid restriction.
In the morning, drinking a warm cup of water before coffee or tea can be quite beneficial for our bodies. This can provide a nice start for some good hydration, giving our bodies water that is needed early in the day. Sleeping during the night is dehydrating, and sometimes we are already behind already in our hydration. We wake up, go to the bathroom – which dehydrates us – then drink a cup of coffee in which the caffeine dehydrates us more, constricting the blood vessels. Additional caffeine is added sometimes to coffees and the lighter the roast, the greater the caffeine. All of this contributes to causes of dehydration which can result in lightheadedness, especially when we exercise early in the morning.
Sometime coffee drinkers can be attached to the smell of coffee brewing and the stimulating good feeling. This is especially true as a younger adult — coffee can make you feel happy to drink it. However, as we age, coffee may actually exacerbate jitters, increase anxiety, increase our blood pressures and cumulative effects may interfere with sleep. Switching over to a good organic tea brand is beneficial because of the antioxidants in the tea which decrease inflammation in the body and may help to minimize blood pressure as well as anxiety. If you are attached to coffee and it brings you joy, try making a cup with 1/2 decaf and 1/2 regular coffee decreasing the total amount of caffeine while still enjoying the same amount of cups.
If you want to try a tea, many coffee drinkers seem to enjoy Masala Chai for the “kick” of flavor, being a little pungent and spicy for the dark roast coffee drinkers. The “Rishi” tea company makes a Masala chai that people seem to enjoy. It is found online through Amazon, locally at Whole Foods and Wegmans and is organic. Green tea is even better, but Americans have traditionally only had bad teas growing up and tend to shy away from tea. Black tea is a way to transition over from coffee and then move into the other wonderful world of teas with their anti-inflammatory effects.
For early morning exercise, it is important for all of us to enjoy a large glass of warm water when we first awake. This hydrates the body, will get the digestive system moving and makes us feel better overall for the rest of the day and enables our bodies to perform our intention by paying attention to what is needed.
Hydration is accumulative. So sipping water or an herbal tea throughout the day, provides flavor, vitamins, minerals and an overall sense of well-being. Of course if you are under any medical care, please follow the seasoned advice of your health care provider. And always remember, there are many reasons for some lightheadedness when standing for long periods or with any exercise. This always needs to be further evaluated by your healthcare provider in an expedient manner.
Charlottesville T’ai Chi Center has received multiple grants from the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) to support various programs in the Charlottesville community.
The three grants are:
$5,000 from the Community Endowment Fund that supports general operation of the dojo.
$10,000 from the Twice is Nice fund that supports programs for seniors in the community.
$1,800 from the Fun is for Everyone Fund that supports programs for at-risk people and seniors in the area.
CTCC would like to express its deep appreciation to CACF for these grants that help us continue our work among various parts of our community that can benefit from T’ai Chi. We would also like to thank the dedicated CTCC members who work so successfully to secure these grants.
The generous donations of organizations and individuals are a vital component of the financing for CTCC. The many classes and programs that we offer both at the dojo and in the community could not continue without them.
This year we are happy to announce that we have partnered with the Festy music festival! This will be the Festy’s 10th year, and to celebrate that they are moving to Downtown Charlottesville. The Festy will take place the weekend of October 11-13 at IX Art Park.
The Festy is an eco-friendly, kid-friendly music festival focused on Music and Mindfulness. Discover your favorite bands at this year’s Festy!
CTCC Open Sessions and Workshops
Friday, October 11 at 1:30pm – CTCC Open Session
Saturday, October 12 at 1:00pm – The Art of T’ai Chi with Hiromi Sensei
Saturday, October 12 at 1:30pm – CTCC Open Session
Sunday, October 13 at 3:30pm – CTCC Open Session
CTCC is holding an online auction in July! More details to come, but for now, if you would like to donate an item or know a commercial vendor who might, please read on…
We are looking for the work of local artists and artisans. As much as possible, we would like to draw on the talents of our own CTCC members. If you are an artist, please consider donating your work. If you have special skills such as massage, yoga, gardening, etc., please consider offering your work. We also ask that you reach out to those in our community who might be willing to offer gift certificates at restaurants or other local businesses.
(The form includes a one-page description of CTCC and our electronic auction to assist in approaching a restaurant owner or a service provider.)
Please note that if you are donating something, you do not need to bring it to the dojo. You can keep it and when the auction closes and a bidder has won your item, we will put the bidder in contact with you.
CTCC is a 501(c)3 and you can deduct your donation for tax purposes. We will accept donation forms until June 30th.