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Health obstacles, optimism and tai chi

I met a woman who is so obese she can't stand. Her knee cartilage is gone and her joints are painfully inadequate for holding her up. She has diabetes and suffers from fatigue. She drives around in a small, three-wheeled cart like you see at supermarkets. I met her at an expo for women, "What… Continue reading Health obstacles, optimism and tai chi

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A little taijiquan cosmology

Taiji cosmology... "Taiji is the mother of yin yang," the classic says. It is the "supreme ultimate." Qi is yang and flows through the body and beyond with a healing power. Like wind and water. Our bodies are like the earth and the blood that flows through our veins is like the waters that flow… Continue reading A little taijiquan cosmology

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A Question of Grounding

A fellow learner came into the practice studio the other day and said she really needed some grounding. I showed her a few things I felt could help and we reached a new place of learning by the time practice ended. Later, I wondered that if we know we need grounding, why can't we do… Continue reading A Question of Grounding

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A Dream of Yi, Mind Intention

In tai chi, we talk about “yi”—mind intention. Applying yi in tai chi is somewhat elusive for beginning practitioners, but once you resolve to understand it you are on your way to new knowledge. The masters used to say “mind does it,” which for them was simple, yet I didn’t get it. Now I do… Continue reading A Dream of Yi, Mind Intention

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Alignment, Tai Chi and alleviating chronic pain

What is your goal for exercise? I reach for the benefits of longevity and quality of life. This is how I visualize taijiquan. Most people drive their bodies too hard (like an animal of burden), wearing themselves down. As we age and injuries add up, we end up with chronic pain. So many of us… Continue reading Alignment, Tai Chi and alleviating chronic pain

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A tai chi exercise

Taiji is movement in different directions: up/down, front/back, left/right, at its simplest expression. It is the concept of moving with attention to alignment, central equilibrium, or “zhong ding.” Please read my remarks about that further on. The trick to learning taiji is to become familiar with moves, then comfortable, then refine them as you go… Continue reading A tai chi exercise