Recently reported research findings suggest to me that learning tai chi relates to how neurons are "fired up" when working to recall what researchers refer to as "multiple events" and the sequence in which they are remembered. In my view, learning tai chi and qigong sets are like recalling moves (or "events") in a particular… Continue reading Research show how the brain encodes memory sequentially
According to a recent study "people who stopped exercising for only 10 days showed a decrease in brain blood flow in brain regions that are important for maintaining brain health." This doesn't suggest you will lose cognitive ability, the article's authors write; but "in older people, exercise can help protect the hippocampus from shrinking" which… Continue reading Use it or lose it: Stopping exercise decreases brain blood flow
One problem we run into—and often don't realize—is that we're looking for solutions, rather than engaging in the process of learning. We're leaping ahead of ourselves. Tai chi and Qigong are processes that offer powerful opportunities to learn without worrying about whether we're doing it correctly. Perfection comes with practice. It's taken care of eventually… Continue reading Looking for solutions rather than process?
Build and strengthen your memory of tai chi through regular, sustained practice. Part of your practice is trying to remember a move or sequence of moves despite whether you actually do recall exactly what they or even how to do them. This process is part of overall learning. Many of us have difficulty doing this,… Continue reading Overcoming resistance to learning
In practicing tai chi and qigong, we combine breathing techniques with mind intention practices that may very well affect oxygen levels in the body and successfully delivery of oxygen to cells. The more-immediate recognizable effects of tai chi and qigong fall in the category of whole-body sensations of relaxation, mind-body balance, and overall feeling of… Continue reading New research findings confirm importance of oxygen for fighting tumor growth
In qigong and tai chi, especially if you are a beginner, you can get good results by coordinating breath with movement. For example, you can inhale or exhale while your arms expand out or draw in as you time the speed of the movement to match the inhale and exhale. In another level of awareness… Continue reading Breath, energy and movement
"You want to change the world? Change yourself." My Chinese martial arts teacher, George Xu, told me that once. Of course, I already knew that, but it's always good to be reminded. You can't get enough reminding, especially in the midst of living under the barrage that is this world in this time. Not that… Continue reading All Change is Self-Change