Two Practices for a Micro-Training Idea

The microcosmic orbit (小周天), or small circuit, is a rather simple and easy breathing exercise for meditation and concentration to cultivate the flow of qi along particular energy paths in the body.

Relieve pain with subtle shifts in tai chi movement

If you experience recurring pain while practicing, a slight shift in your tai chi practice method may be all you need to affect a big change. For example, a closer alignment to the center may be all you need to relieve, or dissolve, pain. Many have knee pain, which is often a sign of incorrect…

Hold that (tai chi) thought

Tai chi teachers hold a place for other learners who are unable to put in the time to maintain a regular practice. They hold the thought for when they return to practice and pick up where they left off. Hold Up Sky Speaking of holding the thought, to build awareness in the practice of tai…

Unique cloud hands demo

A view of cloud hands from teacher Master George Xu, with whom I have studied extensively. Not your common, slow, meditative motion. You can find more brief youtube clips of Master Xu highlighting many common basic maneuvers for practice at Golden Gate Lion Tiger here. Most are drawn from tai chi, xing yi, bagua, and/or…

Curated Article: Tai Chi for Seniors by William C. C. Chen

This is a good read written by William C. C Chen, who is 86 years old now. Entitled "Tai Chi Exercise for Seniors," I thought I would pass it on to readers of this blog. http://www.williamccchen.com/Seniors.htm Thursday, July 12, 2018 "The ancient Chinese martial art of Tai Chi Chuan is the perfect callisthenic for today’s…