“Every time we ask a question, we’re generating a possible version of a life.” – David Epston Questions in tai chi group practice give me something tangible to relate to. They challenge me to delve into knowledge immersed just below the surface, waiting to emerge and bring light to a topic of interest. They bring… Continue reading I like getting questions in class
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
Sometimes I feel like I've stared at the computer for too long and I need to take a break, maybe go for a walk. Often, when I do, it's difficult to shift. It's like I'm still looking at the computer while I'm walking. The eye muscles are stagnated in the position of staring at the… Continue reading An Exercise for a Taiji Stroll
I take walks and do tai chi and qigong to ease the ergonomic strain of sitting at a computer for long periods. One move I do is push up sky, the first posture of Eight Pieces of Brocade Qigong. To do it, the arms are stretched directly above the head, palms facing skyward, and fingers… Continue reading A simple (sort of) stretch to break ergonomic fatigue
In front of Bear Creek Falls a three mile hike up from Telluride, Colorado, USA. A nice Chen style form should do the trick.
From my tai chi perspective, young people are just as bad off as older folks in many ways. The reason why is because we all learn to move incorrectly from the very beginning. We learn to walk wrong. We learn to use our bodies in ways that expedite decrepitude. Young bodies in the teens and… Continue reading Learn tai chi young and slow the aging process