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12 Key Exercises for Brain Health

How to use movement to activate the brain. Once you activate the brain "it likes it!" there are five ways to activate the brain. Shifu Matthews talks about this and more in this brief video clip from her youtbue channel.

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What are you good at in tai chi?

With enough tai chi practice each practitioner discovers that we have an affinity for a particular skill or technique or style. We discover what we are really good at. Some of us are good at being heavy, some at being light, or fast, or big, or little and so on. In China some people are… Continue reading What are you good at in tai chi?

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A Simple Tai Chi BreathingTechnique

Visualize breathing from various locations in the body. For example, as the body moves, imagine inhaling and exhaling through the lower back as though through nostrils. Breathe into and out of the joints, the solar plexus, the soles of the feet and top of the head, the back of the neck. See how it changes… Continue reading A Simple Tai Chi BreathingTechnique

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Six common mistakes tai chi practitioners make

One…they don’t learn to connect single basics to form. Teachers say that before you do form you should learn and practice the basic moves. This is key for internalizing the principles of taiji. I practice standing and walking drills which are repetitive and rhythmic. This is better for many, because many try to memorize the… Continue reading Six common mistakes tai chi practitioners make

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Tai chi is like walking in a dark forest

Doing tai chi is like walking in a dark forest. The forest is your body and the space around it. You have to feel your way more than rely on sight. Your awareness is your eyes, your sense of touch, all of your senses unite into a single entity. A feeling rises in your solar plexus… Continue reading Tai chi is like walking in a dark forest

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What you do in tai chi is only as good as how you move

http://youtu.be/5ReixBYsy2o What you do in tai chi is only as good as how you do the moves. So learning tai chi is all about how to do them...how to relearn how to move, really. Here are some thoughts on how to think about it. I added the video clip that a friend snuck while I… Continue reading What you do in tai chi is only as good as how you move

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Taiji Haiku

where does water flow? from the mountain to the sea. and once it's there, where?