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Is tai chi the old person’s exercise?

Did you know that tai chi is where people go when they’ve washed up on the shores of “retirement.” Even in the USA, many think that tai chi is for “seniors.” That’s a euphemism considered appropriate for “old people.” Of Read More …

When the dark night descends

Many of us wake in the middle of the night unable to go back to sleep. Sometimes I think that this happens because we need a moment to pause and take account of ourselves, something we didn’t do during the Read More …

a strange thing to think about tai chi

In tai chi, seek not higher level of ability or accomplishment. These are only material measures. Seek higher awareness of possibilities, on one hand, and of what is at stake, on the other. They say we receive a finite amount Read More …

Tai Chi and the “Six Directions” Technique

If we’re just a little off balance, we compensate by tightening muscles here and there to make up for the lack of alignment. That can lead to awkward discomfort and perhaps pain. In tai chi class, we practice movement that Read More …

Tai Chi Prompt: Know you central equilibrium

Know where your central equilibrium is. Move around it, up and down its length. Forward and back. Straight, strong, alive, flexible, always regenerating.

Tai chi and getting some energy back

It is said that we are born with a finite amount of energy and that is all we have to make it through life. As life progresses that supply of energy is depleted through living: events, act, thoughts, points of Read More …

Integrating new movement to internalize it

Taiji is about moving differently. To move in a new way requires a fresh perspective. Start with gaining clarity of a habituated movement pattern. Habitual patterns are most difficult to see because they become “transparent” or invisible to us over Read More …