Many intellectualize taiji rather than actually doing taiji. Nothing bad about that except it’s a different knowing than if they had acquired their knowledge by doing taiji. This is a challenge for the mind that wishes to be mindful. Whole body moves as a single unit is one of the first objectives of the practitioner.… Continue reading Subtle insights to doing tai chi with mindful intention
They say that age-related conditions such as arthritis have genetic origins. This is only partly true. How you use your body throughout your life is just as, or more, important. Genetics matter less when the body is damaged by improper use. Most people drive their bodies too hard (like an animal of burden), wearing themselves… Continue reading Tai chi and Arthritis
Mind does it, but what is it the mind is doing? Visualizing. Imagining. What is the heart doing? Feeling. Guided by the mind, it moves in various shapes and patterns, speeds, directions (liu he),… The mind is doing it and the heart is doing it and the body is following.
In order to stay balanced something has to give way and open up. Oftentimes it’s the hips. To open the hips you must first figure out what is meant by open. The physical explanation is the femur and hip socket mildly separate from each other. If you apply the liu he (more on this later)… Continue reading Using your hip to improve balance