I've been immersed in writing a book for a few months this spring, which explains my lack of posting. It's published now and I hope to renew my blogging. "At its core tai chi is a practice, a routine activity that you engage in, in order to improve and maintain specific kinds of movement for… Continue reading New book offers novices and beyond activities, concepts for practicing tai chi
Tai chi is a tool for adapting to changing conditions. Change prevails wherever you look. The weather changes. The wind blows, doesn't blow, blows hard, then is a breeze. The temperature is hot, cool, cold. It's raining or it's dry. Grass is green and moist, or brown and maybe tinder dry. A tree never stops… Continue reading Adapt to change with tai chi
I have to remind myself often of this. If I don't, my conviction wavers. Pure heart, Clear mind, Strong body, Free spirit.
I tend not to feel good unless my body feels healthy and strong. My mental health is influenced by my physical health. It goes both ways, of course. People seek out feeling good through artificial means, such as drugs, pain killers, mind altering chemicals, and other forms of mediated reality. But they don't usually give… Continue reading Mind-body health goes both ways
Do you know what is so special about internal movement arts? Control. Mind control specifically. That's where it begins. You focus your attention on a focal point in the body, initiate movement in certain directions and shapes, then sustain that focus. Control the mind and the body follows. Control doesn't mean just to hold some… Continue reading A special key to internal movement
You can’t bully your way through the pain. You have to negotiate with it to alleviate it. Give it a wide breadth while you keep a mind towards overcoming habitual postural positions that feed it.
Tai chi classes are social experiences, learning new things in a group setting and practicing together. You get exercise, but you also can reap the benefits of social connection. Research shows that older people are happier and less lonely when they spend time with others. Research also shows they can even be healthier. Evidence suggests… Continue reading About Tai Chi and Social Connection