Applying breath and movement from tai chi practice is not just more stuff to add to your daily activities. It is the foundational thing that you do before everything else. Every breath, like every moment, underlies every movement. To get from here to there, you use awareness of breath, body position and intention. These are… Continue reading Reminder: Tai Chi foundation of breath and movement
If mental states affect physical conditions, and researchers don’t know how it happens, then how can the cause/effect relationship be proven? As Stephen Locke, MD, states in The Healer Within (1986), “‘Knowing’ that one’s state of mind influences one’s body does not prove that it does." In his book he talks about the trend in… Continue reading If mental states influence physical conditions, where does tai chi play a role?
"Tai chi is not just for old people," says columnist Viki Mather. I know what she's talking about. People hate anything that resembles "exercise." Not my problem. They are so WRONG. "There is a stigma about tai chi that it is for old people. And it is true that doing tai chi can help regain… Continue reading Article: Tai chi not just for “old”
Whether you're sure you want to do tai chi or not, here are things you can consider to help find out if it's the right thing for you. But DO NOT take someone else's word for it one way or the other. Which means, technically speaking, don't take my word for whatever you're about to… Continue reading 10 tips for stimulating your tai chi practice
Central equilibrium. This is the Chinese word I know it as—Zhong Ding. I assume readers are familiar with it. I came to understand that central equilibrium is more than alignment. Alignment has a linear quality that we can become aware of in our bodies. It is two-dimensional, a line between two points. Equilibrium, which we… Continue reading Zhong Ding
Taijiquan is about cultivating a mood and immersing yourself in it. Continuous and stable, you carry it through the day’s activities—as many as you can. It’s not easy to do this, but many will agree that the mood is very engaging and contagious. I can’t get much more specific without risking mutilating it trying to… Continue reading Tai chi “mood”
The great Wu Style Taijiquan Master Ma Yueh Liang said it took him 10 years to “discover” qi and the rest of his life to learn what to do with it (Bill Moyers, “The Mystery of Chi,” 1993). We’re all involved in a similar progression of discovery and discerning activities that bring qi into our… Continue reading Have you discovered your chi yet?