What the NIH says about tai chi—factsheet excerpt

The National Institutes of Health put out informative fact sheets regularly, and you might like to peruse them for info on a number of health-related subjects. Recently, I read a fact sheet in which the following was stated: “People with fibromyalgia may benefit from practicing tai chi according to a study in 66 people. Study […]

The progression of tai chi focus of attention

The progression of tai chi focuses attention deeper with continued practice over time (gongfu) on the inner alignment of the body as represented by this diagram. Beginners focus on the outside movement of extremities, while more-seasoned learners are able to focus more deeply on the core alignment and how to move there. The three dantians: […]

Turning attention inward—and outward—in tai chi practice

Taiji is a meditative practice. We often think that means turning the attention inward. True. It could be a focus on breathing, or silencing the mind of thoughts. You can do that in taiji, but as a moving meditation you also have a task of focusing on the outside of the self. Or more accurately, […]

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” […]