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A way to think about flexibility in tai chi?

It's not what you think. It's not how far you can extend your elastic, connective tissue or how much you can stretch it and let it go like a rubber band. Although this is one way of looking at flexibility, there is another. And that is the ability to move parts of your body that… Continue reading A way to think about flexibility in tai chi?

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Article: Tai Chi helps with depression

"Tai chi significantly reduces depression symptoms in Chinese-Americans" Published May 25, 2017 The tai chi intervention involved twice weekly sessions for 12 weeks, in which participants were taught and practiced basic traditional tai chi movements. They were asked to practice at home three times a week and to document their practice. I've always believed that… Continue reading Article: Tai Chi helps with depression

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A emotion word dictionary

This is about emotion words for which no English equivalent exists. I like this quote from Dr. Lomas who has been researching these cool words and has built a "dictionary" of 1,000 words from all around the world and from diverse cultures. ...especcially the final sentence, which reminds me of tai chi learning. “In our… Continue reading A emotion word dictionary

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Article: The positive lexicography project

This is about emotion words for which no English equivalent exists. I like this quote from Dr. Lomas who has been researching these cool words and has built a "dictionary" of 1,000 words from all around the world and from diverse cultures. ...especcially the final sentence, which reminds me of tai chi learning. “In our… Continue reading Article: The positive lexicography project

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Question about changing directions in Wu Style Tai Chi Form

Sometimes, I get questions from learners that merit sharing. This question is about whether we should pivot on the heels or the balls of the feet when changing directions in the Wu form. QUESTION: When you turn doing Tai Chi, is it always on your heels? ANSWER: This is a good question. By "always," do… Continue reading Question about changing directions in Wu Style Tai Chi Form

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Knowing what you want to do in tai chi practice and doing it

One key to reaping the greatest benefits from tai chi is to develop a home practice. Practice is something you do regularly, which offers opportunities to refine and discover new things as you learn. I recently suggested working on releasing tension and not to clench or tighten joints, tendons and ligaments, as well as muscle,… Continue reading Knowing what you want to do in tai chi practice and doing it

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Tai chi as a method for retraining mind and body

A beginner can think about learning taijiquan in a number of ways. I find it useful to think of taijiquan as training the mind to change the manner in which we move the body. Similarly, changing how you move your body also changes something in the brain. Tai chi is really a method for retraining… Continue reading Tai chi as a method for retraining mind and body