Integrating tai chi in daily activities

We think we have to separate tai chi practice from our jobs and other daily requirements. We see it as a time thing. We either have time for tai chi or we don’t. We have to work. No doubt about that. Tai chi is extracurricular, not necessary. This is difficult to accept as a teacher and a long-time practitioner. I prefer to see the issue as a “timing” thing and what kinds Read More …

Look for the internal movement

In tai chi practice, we look to the external to show signs of what the internal is doing. The external is an outward expression of the internal. Don’t let that distract you and think that the external is all there is. It is only a tell-tale sign of the source of its movement. If the root of the movement is shallow, then the external expression will be weak and without depth. It Read More …

Tai Chi is More than Form

Taijiquan is much more than doing the form. Form is the culmination of several practices. It’s the frame into which you unite them into a collective activity—breath, central equilibrium, gravity, connected movement on the outside, flowing on the inside, intention guiding it all. So if you learn a breathing technique, for example, then be sure to incorporate it into your practice.

A Few Tips for Learning and Practicing Tai Chi

Think of learning tai chi as a way of using your senses developed over a lifetime. Think of tai chi as a way to learn new things. For now, focus on remembering one thing that stands out. Bring it home and practice it. Then come to class to try it out on me or a fellow learner. The rest is exercise for the body and mind. From toe to head, organs, bones, Read More …

Tai chi and awareness

Tai chi is a way to open up your awareness to these things that made up the whole being. We are complex and tai chi is a way of navigating the complexity. It frames out an approach to learning. Built into the movements themselves are signs for how to learn them. That has to do as far as I can tell, with focusing the attention, and focusing it on one thing at Read More …

Tai Chi blog is a philosophical trek

You could call what I’m attempting to navigate in my Dragon Journal blog a philosophical trek into the fascinating world of tai chi. Through personal insights into my particular experience learning, doing, questioning the art of tai chi and qigong movement. It’s about an exercise in language, as well as an exercise in practice. I exercise with the body and exercise the mind to try and articulate what is going on in Read More …