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Tai chi and the “Comfort Zone”

Sometimes we have to do something out of our comfort zone if we want to learn. We have to learn out of our moment of inertia. Few want to do that. Few actually do. Most don’t want to even try. It’s our times. All of the effort we make to do anything amounts to an effort to reach what I see as “equilibrium.” It’s human nature. No problem with that. Problem is, Read More …

Getting around to doing tai chi

Lots of people never get around to doing tai chi because they aren’t sure when they’ll find the time. We tell ourselves we want to do a good job of learning, so we put it off until we have enough time to really give it our best try. This sounds a little silly when you think about it, at least if you tell yourself, or others, that you do want to do Read More …

Who does tai chi?

What kind of person wants to learn tai chi? A person who: needs/wants more physical activity needs/wants more mental focus is healing from injury wants to do more than an occasional fitness class enjoys interacting with others in an educational setting wants to delve deeper in the study of the subject is looking for a practice that complements other activities is having health issues, such as autoimmune disease. is having balance issues. Read More …

Getting Connected

One of the first techniques to learn in tai chi practice is to “get connected.” Initially, getting connected is manifested by coordinating breath and body; then with continued practice, synchronizing mind, energy, and body in harmonious motion. Then even further, linking intent with feeling, and ultimately, the result of graceful and powerful movement. There is hardly any reason to go forward in your lessons without a proficiency in getting connected. Fortunately, tai Read More …

Mind says go, body says no

The key ingredient of tai chi is movement. You have to move to do it, to get the benefits and the results you’re looking for. Sounds simple, but we’re surprised when we try to move a part of the body and it doesn’t move. Frustration when we can’t get the body to do what we want it to. The mind says go and the body says no. What’s that all about? As Read More …

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 participants who practiced tai chi had a significantly greater decrease in total score on the Fibromyalgia Impact Read More …