About Robin Rosario
“All that we need is deep inside us waiting to be discovered.”
Tai Chi & Qigong Instruction
How do you move through the world?
Not easy to answer, right?
I would like to assist you with that, or at least get you thinking about it.
How do you quiet your mind?
Is that even possible?
I have some ideas on that also.
If those kinds of questions don’t rouse your soul, if maybe they seem too daunting in scope, perhaps think instead of what I, as a practitioner and student of Tai Chi, Qigong, and a former Acupuncturist, do with my students in specific terms.
“This morning when I was putting on my pants, standing on one leg, I was thanking you,” says a 79-year-old woman who is a faithful attendee of my classes.
That example might elicit a knowing chuckle, but let’s break it down on a serious level. There is a combination of mental and physical strength required to stand on one leg. It calls for balance, determination, focus. Implicit in the woman’s statement is also the suggestion that it hasn’t always been the case that she could perform this seemingly simple act in her daily life.
This an application of the principles I teach. It could manifest in a morning task, while playing a musical instrument, sitting at the computer, chasing after a toddler or running a 5K. Or it could show itself in the energy you have because you aren’t spending your days gripping your muscles or holding unwanted tension. Instead you are gaining awareness to transform those old patterns.
I encourage people to check in with themselves regularly and notice their holding and gripping patterns. The more aware you become, the more you realize you’re doing it.
To get some insight into me, a self-proclaimed phoenix and late bloomer, here is a glimpse of me at age 19: severe back problems for years and told by a doctor it was a degenerative disease and only going to get worse. Because of the severe back problems, I was referred to an acupuncturist, a man who was a nerdy, Buddy Holly lookalike. Acupuncture was still in its infancy and wasn’t mainstream, so it was a risk I opted to take. Three treatments later, I was 90 percent better. My acupuncturist recommended that I study Tai Chi and it would change my life.
Thus began my journey into Tai Chi. I began in 1973 by studying Yang Style Tai Chi and Sil Lum Kung Fu. In 1979 I met my teacher Larry Johnson, whom I continue to study with to this day. Under his watchful eye I have studied Wu Style Tai Chi, Hua Shan Daoist Qigong, 18 Buddha Hands Qigong and Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu. Larry’s willingness to share his wisdom and infectious inspirational energy with me has been invaluable. I am very grateful for his dedication to his teaching and training.
Tai Chi taught me how to learn. This is something I say often. Moving slowly takes us into an entirely new realm. When do we ever move slowly? The nature of our culture is to go fast and multi-task. In Tai Chi we slow everything down. We learn to move more gracefully; learn to move more fluidly; learn to be curious; learn to feel. In order to do this our minds must change. Moving slowly allows to us the time to savor the nuances that occur. I apply these principles of Tai Chi to everything in my life.
I am passionate about Tai Chi, Qigong and Chinese Health Exercises and the remarkable gifts they have imparted to me. I am and hope to forever be a student of these arts. Part of being a good student is eventually teaching. Teaching is also learning. As a student here’s what I’d like you to bring along to optimize learning: an open mind. I’m sure many of you have heard the expression of having a “beginner’s mind.” What does this really mean? In my personal experience it means that I’m in a state of wonder and curiosity. It means that I am ready to receive. These practices are about awareness. Awareness is the key to so many things. I hope you join me on this path so that we can unlock many mysteries.
What people are saying…
From the moment I met Robin she was so welcoming, gentle and graceful but with such inner power that I knew she had a lot to teach me. I was already on the Qigong path but the style of Robin’s teaching is very supportive and motivating. She has the ability to deliver constructive criticism in the most positive way. Robin has brought me into the Tai Chi world as well as our Qigong practice and my 63 year old body has the most benefit!!
Robin Rosario is a phoenix of many paradigms. Her instruction is something extra-ordinary and fulfilling to the human experience. I recommend everyone and anyone take advantage of her decades of martial arts offerings.”
“I met Robin Rosario in the summer of 1982 in Redwood Park, where she trained me in Choy Li Fut. With Robin’s decades of experience in Tai Chi, Qigong, Acupuncture, Acupressure, and with her truly “ magical touch” she recently eliminated chronic post-op pain from my right hip. She has restored my health in so many ways it would take pages to describe. She is always training with her teacher Larry Johnson, always learning, always sharing, always encouraging you to be better. She is a treasure that I hope will always be in my life.”
In general, tai chi has been enlightening and strengthening for me. I have tried a number of other classes (yoga, bikram, spin, cross fit) and always lost steam after a few weeks. The emphasis of consciousness on body position and movement has struck a cord with me.”
Ready to Make a Change?
Join my online class every Monday 12pm-1pm PT or sign up for private class available on Saturdays 8:30am-12:30pm PT.