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Reshape your body with tai chi

I recently caught an article in the New York Times about the effects of swimming and running on heart size and function in athletes. It resonated with me because it seems like something kind of similar happens from long-term tai chi practice. For example, it’s reasonable to see that tai chi can reshape the body by virtue of improved posture, for one thing. Plus, physiological functions, such as breathing and blood and Read More …

Another attempt to give meaning to the term tai chi

A lot of people don’t know what tai chi is . . . . really is. We’ve all heard a bunch to stuff from different sources, but I think that the best way to know what tai chi is is to do it. I think more people would be more likely to do it if they understood a little more about. I’ve taken it upon myself to to write and talk about Read More …

How we move says so much

Sunday, June 9, 2019 How we move says so much about us. We identify so closely with how we move. Whether or not we are aware of it, our manner of moving is very often a matter of self-image. Posture and gait even develop from attitudes—how we see ourselves and how we wish others to see us. It’s a personality thing. We would not be the person we know if we moved Read More …

Tai Chi Retreat on Market

I have recently placed my tai chi retreat on the market for sale. I thought readers of my blogs would be interested in knowing of its availability. You can learn more at forsalebyowner.com (#24201170), craigslist.org, or at Longhollowretreat.info. Here is some of the postings’ text. I’m available to answer questions. I describe it on HesperusColoradoRefuge.wordpress.com blog, too. Please comment if you like. A scenic, recreational property in a natural setting 16 miles Read More …

Secret (not!) to solving tension

You hear “letting go” a lot to reduce tension in the body. Also, “let the qi flow,” which is not heard as much. The how to do either is even less known or understood. One key: find the tension, become familiar with what tension is. Begin simply seeking tension, clenching, holding back, hesitation, and pain (of course). Move through it Not just moving it, the part that is tense, but moving “through Read More …

Tai Chi and its Quality of Movement

There is a way of moving in tai chi that is difficult to teach or otherwise convey. It is difficult to learn, too. It’s a “quality of movement” in which you become, or have become, aware of its nature. It is a state of being that you carry out like you would a movement. It compels the body to change its shape smoothly and freely. Maybe you don’t learn it as much Read More …

Finding center and balance

You have a center point and a center line. The center point drops and rests on the ground and from there moves, expands, shrinks. Become more aware and able to achieve this activity of sinking to build a sense of alignment. From feet to top of head, you can see it as the middle line up and down in the spine. The bubbling well, or bubbling spring (yongquan), is key in helping Read More …