"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”
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
Navigating a philosophical trek into the fascinating world of tai chi.
Tai chi and qigong are moods--somewhat of an ephemeral notion to a novice perhaps, yet real to a long-term practitioner. If you skip practice for a certain amount of time, you begin to miss it. Your body might even crave it and you won't feel content until you practice. Both tai chi and qigong place… Continue reading The mood of tai chi
In taiji (tai chi) practice, I've heard people say: “change the mind, change the body” which has a catchy sound. Sometimes, I've heard the opposite: “change the body, change the mind.” I don't think it's one or the other, rather both have relevance at different times. Sometimes it's one and sometimes it's the other. Knowing… Continue reading A note on “change” in tai chi
Tai chi doesn’t have to be something you schedule to do. With a little knowledge you can practice a simple technique anywhere, anytime. Here’s one idea. Standing in Wuji . . . . or Being Like a Mountain One way to begin tai chi is simply by standing. For example, Wuji is the first posture… Continue reading A tai chi tip: Doing tai chi anywhere, anytime
In taiji we are doing two things at a time. Maybe four. All require and active and present mental awareness. We are moving physical and energy and we are tracking both with the right and left hemispheres of the brain. Don't ask me which because I'm not neuroscientist. Susan Matthews could answer that question. All… Continue reading Two Bodies Concept in Taiji