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Be a Warrior

December 28, 2021 6:40 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s a great time to become a warrior woman or man. In Tai Chi, the warrior journey starts with the Wu Chi stance, where you relax into “nothingness” (not into “nothing” … a big difference). It is when you relax your body and mind so you can “hear”, “feel” and “experience” your inner spirit. It’s how you prepare your being for the “moving meditation” of tai chi.  Historically, tai chi was practiced in secret, within families (thus Yang... View Article

How Tai Chi Prevents Falls

July 8, 2021 3:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A number of studies indicate that seniors and those with other health challenges, including Parkinson’s Disease, fall less frequently if they learn tai chi. So, what is it about tai chi that helps prevent falls? It’s definitely more than just improved balance. Greater Leg Strength. Practicing tai chi helps develop greater muscle strength, which helps substantially in avoiding falls. Many people spend a lot of time sitting these days, which causes leg muscles to atrophy.... View Article

Spirals in Tai Chi

May 30, 2020 4:43 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Spirals are circles that move energy (qi) for gathering and releasing.  Spiraling connects yin and yang. Spirals connect to dan tians.Spirals are energy driven rather than muscle driven.Spiraling is a joining of heaven qi and earth qi.Spirals require relaxation of the body and mind so they can connect.  Spirals coil and twist the energy externally and internally. Spirals are shown in the legs, as in: something goes up, something comes down.  Spirals are shown in... View Article

Tai Chi for Recovery

May 8, 2018 4:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Tai Chi is an ancient practice that incorporates body, mind and spirit. It is well known for its role in stress reduction and improved balance by blending body movements with mindful and spirit- filled intention. Tai Chi soothes the body, calms the mind and fills the spirit.  In today’s rapidly paced society, Tai Chi is a healthy outlet for dealing with stress and tension during any kind of recovery. It changes lives by changing the... View Article