Sneak peek! "Tai Chi of Flexibility" class at Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook, NY. Starts Saturday, January 12. (For details, see flier on previous post.)
Learn how to get flexibile without force or strain. This new class, based on the ancient and beautiful technique called "Silk Reeling", is easy to learn. Reduce your aches and pains and get your energy flowing! Join us at Merritt Bookstore, Millbrook, NY January 12 & 26 and February 9 & 23 at 11am to noon.
DYNAMIC BALANCE: Staying Stable While Moving

Learn how focus and weight shift affect balance with this playful, leg strengthening exercise.

How to Build Balance Confidence in Stages
Learn to shift your weight from both feet to one foot using this classic Qigong exercise for balance and strength.
Gentle, Do-anywhere Abdominal Exercise (click here and scroll down to post comments)

An efficient and less strenuous version of one of the most effective abdominal flattening exercises, The Plank Pose. Great when you're on the road!

New Year, New Start! Pre-order my New Book and for a Special Bonus

 Dear Friends, 

Truly: it is never too late for a new start.  That is the message in my book "Strength Training, Staying Fit and Fabulous" which will be re-published January 18, 2018!  Originally published in 2005, a young editor at Dover Publications found it at her Grandmother's house and thought it deserved to be re-published. (Thank you Nora Rawn!)

I wrote this book as a sort of primer, specifically focused on the timid or out- of- shape beginning level exerciser.  More than 30 years as a teacher convinced me how (understandably) afraid of injury many people are, and I felt that that issue was not well served by other publications.  So this book is replete with tips on how to do the exercises: the correct alignment, breathing, what and where to focus.  I even convinced the original publisher to include anatomical diagrams of the muscles, to help readers get a clearer picture of what they were trying to do.  The result is a book I am proud to share with you.

As subscribers to my blog, I know you'll find it helpful to have this book as a reference.  I will be referring to specific exercises from the book in future video posts.  As a special thank you to those of you who pre-order the book, I will be happy to answer any questions you have, and even help you design a little routine for yourself, using the book as a reference.  (Contact me at  Please, tell your friends and family, too.  This may be just what they need to jump-start a new exercise habit.

So please, pre-order my book, and help me get the attention of distributors and bookstores !  Let them know you are out there, looking for more books like mine.  Thank you so much.  I am honored to have you as subscribers, and I look forward to helping you get the New Year off to a flexible, energetic, and healthy start.

Happy Holidays,

Cris Caivano

Engaging and motivating book! Cris’ descriptions of how to do the exercises are reassuringly clear. Very user friendly! What truly sets this book apart however, is the way Cris addresses the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. Her smart, gentle, and balanced approach will get your energy flowing.

— Lee Holden, author, Qi Gong Master Teacher

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Video: "Strengthening the Immune System"

This exercise, Knocking on the Door of Life, activates powerful acupressure points for a healthy immune system. At the same time it relaxes and warms up the entire spine. Knock on the upper chest with a soft fist to help fight off respiratory problems.  Take deep, full, relaxed breaths to help circulate healing energy through the lungs.