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Lunar New Year 2022
Year of the Water Tiger

Each year many Asian cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year, based on the Chinese lunar calendar, with festivities lasting over 2 weeks. It is also known as the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival. Marking a time of birth and renewal, it is also a time to honor one's ancestors. Each year features a different animal of the Chinese zodiac of 12 animals. Tuesday, February 1 marks the start of the Year of the Tiger (to learn more about traditions of the Lunar New Year, join us on February 11 - registration is below). Each year Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi is hosts events over the course of a month to help usher in the Lunar New Year.

This year we will hold a mix of in-person and virtual events.

The events are designed for the general public and do not require any previous experience. These events are popular, so register before they fill up!

Events include: Annual Cleaning Ceremony, At-Home Tea Tasting with Tea Expert, Free Family Kung Fu class with Lion Dance story, Free Valentine's Day Tai Chi Workshop, Free Traditions of the Chinese New Year workshop, Chinese Calligraphy workshop, and more.

We recommend that you arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to in-person events to settle in and about 5 minutes before online events so that you can check your computer settings before the presentation.

*We will have a small silent auction that you can view in person. Proceeds will go to the winner of our charity challenge, which is part of our celebration of Jing Ying's 22nd anniversary.

Monday, February 14

Free Valentine's Day Tai Chi Class from 10:30am to 11:30am - Start your week with a free tai chi class that has a special sweet twist. We will celebrate Valentine's Day with some fun tai chi exercises and a bit of healthy chocolate (free!) February is also Heart Health month, and we will talk about how tai chi helps yourcardiovascular health. Show someone you love and care for them by bringing them with you to class! It is suitable for all levels of fitness.

Wear clothing that allows for movement, such as a t-shirt and sweatpants.

Register here.

Tuesday, February 15

FREE Introductory Family Kung Fu Class from 6:30 to 7:15 pm. Suitable for children ages 5 to 10, this class is an introductory lesson in Kung Fu and will include a Lunar New Year story about the Chinese Lion. A parent/guardian is welcome to join the class. Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early to check in. Pre-registration is required so we can control class size.

Register here.


Sunday, February 20

The Power of Pebbles and Angels *Virtual* Workshop - from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Presentation by Patti DiMiceli of Embrace the Angel. Patti is a life coach, end-of-life doula, and a certified grief educator and coach. She is also a tai chi student at Jing Ying.

Imagine this: You are standing at the edge of a still pond. Bending down, you pick up a small pebble
and toss it in the water. A small splash and then ripples begin their journey across the water towards
the shoreline. What shores will these ripple touch? You many never know.

You are a “Pebble Thrower in the still Pond of Life.” You have the power to “create ripples” in your
world—one tiny step at a time—in the lives of others and around the world. But we can’t do this alone.

In this 60 minute presentation, Patti will explain how she taps into the power that we’re all born with,
transformed some of life’s most painful lessons into fuel for good, what tools & tips she used to
sharpen her skills and use her talents, how she discovered the Sacred Space of Brave, the baby
steps she took to unearth her Life Purpose and move towards The Light, and more. Everyone is
welcome! Come with curiosity, questions, and a willingness to learn and share.

Register here.

Friday, February 25 (5:00-6:30pm)

Chinese Calligraphy workshop
- Learn basic brush strokes and characters from Chinese Calligraphy. We will focus on auspicious characters for the Chinese New Year, so you can create something to display at home. We supply paper, ink and brushes for use during class.

Presented by Wendy Ng. Fee: $5 to cover cost of supplies. You must pre-pay to hold your spot.

Register here.

Completed Events:

Monday, January 31

Annual Cleaning Celebration
Before the Lunar New Year starts, it is important to clean your home in preparation for the new year. You symbolically clean away any bad luck left over from the previous year and make room for good luck coming in for the new year. We do the same at our Jing Ying facility, which is like home to us. At the end of each class, we will ceremoniously do a brief cleaning.This event is for students, their family, and friends of Jing Ying. Come help your school get ready for the new year. Registration is on the MyStudio app or at Jing Ying.

Sunday, February 6

Virtual Tea Tasting from 2:00 to 3:30pm - Looking for something fun and interesting to do? Join us for an informative workshop presented by Lynayn Mielke, owner of The Well Infused Life of Annapolis. Lynayn is a tea professional with Level IV Certification from the Specialty Tea Institute. You'll try several teas, learn about their proper preparation, and gain knowledge about their health benefits.

This years tea tasting will be virtual, which means you will learn how to make your tea in YOUR personal setting, which will set you up for success in properly brewing your tea.

Follow the registration link at the bottom of this page to sign up for your tea kit, which you will pick up from either Jing Ying Institute in Arnold or from East West Tea Emporium in Eastport. You will have two kit choices. Please provide the email you are most likely to view because you will be emailed the Zoom link after registration.

As we've done with our in-person tea tastings, you can order any of the sampled teas in larger sizes afterwards as well as any other teas Lynayn has available. She is also offering a discount to participants for any teas that are purchased within 48 hours of the workshop. She can package them up so you can pick them up at Jing Ying in Arnold, at East West Tea Emporium in Eastport, OR she will drop them off if you live or work in the Annapolis area.

Lynayn is a fun and engaging speaker, and you will walk away from the event knowing more about tea than you ever thought possible. Did you know that it is the most widely consumed beverage in the world? That there are more than 3,000 varieties of the tea bush (cameillia sinensis) and that herbal "teas" aren't actually tea? Lynayn will also be doing a mini tea meditation and discussing its importance for wellbeing on a body and spirit level. Join us to find out so much more during this fun event. We've designated @90 minutes, but Lynayn is willing to stay longer to ask questions.

Because this event requires putting together kits that will be picked up beforehand, we need participants to reserve their spot no later than Thursday (noon), February 3. Use the link below to register and pay on-line.


KIT 1: Comes with a "easy gaiwan," in which you will brew and strain your teas, a tea tasting cup, and all the teas we will be brewing (enough for one to two infusions).
$37.50 per kit

KIT 2: Comes with a tea tasting cup and all the teas we will be brewing during the tea tasting (enough to infuse just for the evening).
$25 per kit.

Since sign-up is through a direct link to The Well Infused Life, please drop an email at that you have registered & paid so we can enter you into our Lunar New Year door prize drawing!

Monday, February 7

Free Online Tai Chi Class ("Moving Meditation") from 7:00-7:45 pm.

Would you like to develop the relaxed power of a tiger - to move with the fluidity and smoothness of a tiger stalking its prey?

Join us as we celebrate the Lunar new Year of the Tiger with this introductory class on harnessing the whole-body power of the spiral movements in tai chi.

Discover how this ancient and low-impact form of exercise promotes joint health, improves flexibility and strength; improves balance and helps prevent falls; helps with arthritis, blood pressure, diabetes and chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia; and increases bone density.

We will practice basic tai chi & qigong movements and silk-reeling exercises. You have the option of staying seated for all or part of the workshop (we encourage you to stay within your comfort zone). This workshop is suitable for all levels of fitness. Free.

Register here.

Wednesday, February 9

FREE Introductory Family Kung Fu Class from 4:45 to 5:30 pm. Suitable for children ages 5 to 10, this class is an introductory lesson in Kung Fu and will include a Lunar New Year story about the Chinese Lion. A parent/guardian is welcome to join the class. Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early to check in. Pre-registration is required so we can control class size.

Register here.


Friday, February 11

Traditions of the Chinese New Year, Workshop for Families
from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. Learn about Chinese culture with information about Lunar New Year Traditions. Participants will get to sample some traditional treats and will receive a hong bao (red envelope) that will contain a small amount of money. Our presenter will talk about how her family celebrated the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong when she was a child.

Presented by Wendy Ng.

Register here.