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Article of interest: High blood pressure is linked to cognitive decline

This recent article mentions that research on lifestyle changes is being done to understand the effect of high blood pressure on cognitive brain functions; i.e., the ability to think, remember, and reason. Interesting reading. Here is the link to read it. https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/features/high-blood-pressure-linked-cognitive-decline    

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Five (maybe six) questions people (might) ask before deciding to learn tai chi

You have to learn tai chi to see its effects. It doesn't seem easy to do, but it's simpler than many people think. People make a choice to learn when they start tai chi. They understand it takes effort and commitment. They can see that much about it. I identified five (maybe six) basic questions… Continue reading Five (maybe six) questions people (might) ask before deciding to learn tai chi

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Having a good place to do tai chi is important

In the article, "U.S. obesity rates climbed to a record high in 2015," it's reported that 28.0% of adults are obese (30+ pounds overweight) and the rate of diabetes was 11.4%, both all-time highs. The information comes from research from Gallup and posted in Healthways Well-Being Index online. It lists factors that contribute to the… Continue reading Having a good place to do tai chi is important

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A tale of a taiji student seeking secrets

George Xu told a story a few times about visiting his aging teacher in hopes of obtaining "secrets" from him. But his teacher never told him anything. Master Xu visited him often hoping for some insight, but his teacher passed away before he ever did. After he died he asked his teacher's wife what he… Continue reading A tale of a taiji student seeking secrets

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Play the pipa and the real thing

Students new to taijiquan often ask what is a pipa when they learn the "play the pipa" posture in the Wu style tai chi form. I found this video on facebook.com of Wu Man playing the instrument, the four-string lute, with Haruka Fujii playing Japanese symbols. View and then see for yourself what a pipa… Continue reading Play the pipa and the real thing

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You don’t have to learn it all at once

I think many would-be tai chi practitioners quit or don't even get started when they see how much there is to learning it. It certainly takes some effort to learn, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. I learned about the concept of "tiny steps" from the Institute of Wellness Education, where I've begun working… Continue reading You don’t have to learn it all at once

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Tai chi is about control: Perfect for control freaks

What's going in inside your body is important to explore regarding control. We seem to have concluded as a population that we can't control our insides—the autonomic nervous system functions, such as breathing, heart beat, blood circulation. We are coming around in greater numbers to a different point of view of this. We believe more… Continue reading Tai chi is about control: Perfect for control freaks