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Tai chi: Taking matters into your own hands

I enjoy seeing people doing tai chi, taking control of the one thing they know they can changeā€”themselves. Their bodies, their minds and their vital energy. We're brought up in a culture compelled to accept being told what is good for us. Increasingly, however, that's leading to questions about just what is good for us.… Continue reading Tai chi: Taking matters into your own hands

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Repeating movements helps to cultivate memory and feel qi

I find value in repeating the same movements over and over with my students with the intention of helping them to grow more aware of what the moves have to offer them in tai chi terms. For example, "qi go through" is a term Master Xu uses often to refer to the flow of energy… Continue reading Repeating movements helps to cultivate memory and feel qi

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Wu form posture names

list excerpted from Wikipedia.org The 108 postures of the Wu family style of T'ai chi ch'uan are listed below. For each unique form name there is a literal translation, the Hong Kong school's translation and then the Shanghai school's translation in italics where they differ, followed by the original Chinese characters:   The 37 section… Continue reading Wu form posture names

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Adapt to change with tai chi

Tai chi is a tool for adapting to changing conditions. Change prevails wherever you look. The weather changes. The wind blows, doesn't blow, blows hard, then is a breeze. The temperature is hot, cool, cold. It's raining or it's dry. Grass is green and moist, or brown and maybe tinder dry. A tree never stops… Continue reading Adapt to change with tai chi