Tai Chi Breathing

Many people breathe only into the upper chest and not the lower. This is not good practice because it hinders oxygen intake. It doesn’t bring in as much oxygen as your body can take in, nor as much as you need. It’s not the only kind of breathing we have, especially if you’re a beginning […]

About loosening exercises in tai chi

I don’t really know about what other tai chi teachers do, but I show learners loosening exercises that they can do to achieve a number of results. One is to improve concentration on repetitive, rhythmic motion for building skill in biomechanical efficiency, balance and even power. Usually, I encompass these kinds of exercises in “single-basic” […]

Recalling yourself with tai chi

Part of doing tai chi is to find a familiar part of yourself that you forgot about. You feel good when you find it, like when a long-lost and loved relative or friend appears out of thin air. It’s a satisfying feeling that says all is not lost and hope abounds. Tai chi is about […]

Another tai chi is…

The brain must change how it perceives movement in the the body and the body needs to move in more beneficial ways. You need to move differently or not move in ways that have caused pain, whether from injury or chronic misuse. Weakness and wearing down from lack of use also causes these conditions. The […]

Tai chi is . . . .

So many people don’t know what tai chi is and I’ve spent years seeking the words to describe it. Here is another attempt. “Learning tai chi is a process of continual growth in skill and knowledge. It is a matter of sharpening our powers of observation and cultivating greater awareness of the manner in which […]