"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”
You're so busy to take in the wonder, not even enough time to take a moment to mourn the loss of the precious time burning away. What do you do? Here are a few ideas. Tip #1—Where you do tai chi. Get away from where you do your business in order to do tai chi… Continue reading Fit tai chi into your day, simply
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
This is an excerpt from taijizen.org, a school founded by Jet Li and Jack Ma. The site looks non-maintained, with latest posts in 2013. The facebook page looks current, though. Of course, the meaning of taiji stays the same. Taiji 太极 is an ancient Chinese philosophy about the natural world and is one of the… Continue reading A word on the word “taiji”
In the beginning, you want to develop sensitivity to the bottoms of your feet, or the "Bubbling Spring," also called "Bubbling Well," or in Chinese, Yongquan. As you practice over time and develop your gongfu, that feeling that you once had to concentrate so much in order to develop now results from a more-mature practice.… Continue reading The bubbling spring and your gongfu
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
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?