You don't need to be expert at tai chi to reach a state in which you feel the effects. You're cultivating movement awareness both externally and internally. External is awareness of the movement of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, skin (or fascia). Internal is awareness of Qi and Shen. Awareness of Zhong Ding and Dantian in… Continue reading You don’t have to be a tai chi expert to feel it
If shoulder sits on dantian or hips, it's good. If you can't get this then coordinating shoulder with hip movement works and serves as a starting point to get shoulder on hip or dantian more fully, or whole body which includes mind, energy, and physical. This in itself is a stepping stone towards grasping "gravity"… Continue reading Tai Chi Tip: Shoulder Rests on Dantian
The more to the side you turn in cow gazes at moon the more you have to spiral up and down in the horizontal turn and as you extend towards your back and look at your opposite heal.
Don't do moves that seem too hard. Take a break. I do sets that progress from simple to more complex in order to accommodate as many of us as possible, depending on skill and experience. I'm also doing my own practice and try to lead by example. You too should work up a set for… Continue reading Tai Chi Beginner’s Advice
Everyone who comes to tai chi brings skills of their own to apply to learning tai chi and improve in the process those very same skills.
Counting the number of repetitions in a drill may take away from observing and feeling the changes and trying to do each successive move more precisely with more grace and power. I tend to not count repetitions like many do. Your mind and body will both know when it's time to change directions or stop… Continue reading Tai Chi Tip: Count or Not Count the Number of Moves
"Internal cultivation supports essence, Qi and spirit, while external cultivation supports sinew, bone and skin." To realize internal cultivation, the practitioner must rely on internal exercise skills. "Changing the thinking form is the key skill" (Liu, Chinese Medical Qigong).