This article states that, "Meditation doesn't have to be stationary." Welcome to tai chi, people. http://www.medicaldaily.com/mindfulness-meditation-tai-chi-how-meditate-and-best-meditation-technique-you-402001
My teacher, George Xu, says to "think" energy moving through the body. Part of my understanding of this matches his instructions, but I go beyond the literal meaning of his words. For example, I "feel" the energy moving as though that were thinking. I "think-feel" or "feel-think". From my training with my teachers and readings… Continue reading Energy and the role of the body in tai chi
As with many things in life there is a trick to doing tai chi. Knowing this makes learning easier, quicker, and more fulfilling. This trick, which really isn't a trick as much as a rather useful technique, is to remember something. Something remembered is something learned. You might feel overwhelmed by the amount of information… Continue reading A simple trick for learning tai chi
People perceive being still for being quiet, but there is another way of understanding "quiet." Trying to hold still is only one kind of quiet. It can lead to clenching and tension, pain, and poor balance, especially in beginners. That kind of tension can't be held long. "Quiet-in-movement" offers better balance, less clenching, reduced or… Continue reading Does “Quiet” in Tai Chi Mean Being Still?
Gentle movements produce more exercise than you might think Excerpts: "According to research, taking tai chi in small groups for a dozen weeks two to three times a week reduces falls up to 55 percent." "Instructor Brenda Michaelis likes tai chi because it works your entire body. 'You don’t realize you’re exercising, and it’s good… Continue reading TAI CHI STRENGTHENS BALANCE
Here is a link to a brief report on the findings of a study recently conducted on pain. This is the first known study done on tai chi and neck pain. http://www.news-medical.net/news/20161013/Tai-Chi-can-effectively-alleviate-persistent-neck-pain-study-finds.aspx
Every person comes to tai chi with conditions, circumstances, and issues unique to them; but most of us share one issue in common—the ability, or inability, to concentrate singlemindedly on a specific point, or task, in the body. Sustained attention is not easy, especially when dealing with unfamiliar information. This relates to the subject of… Continue reading Tai Chi and Concentration