Article forward: Another report on research about tai chi research findings

Falling is the primary cause of traumatic death for older adults, and more than 17% of older adults report between one and five falls in the past three months. The problem seems to be getting worse. I’m getting jaded by all this research of research on tai chi. There seems to be a steady stream of it for sometime. It’s a little boring, however, good as it is to know tai chi Read More …

REPORT: For Tai Chi, the reduction in rate of falls in elderly is statistically significant

This is the text of a Cochrane report stating that statistically, tai chi reduces the rate of falls among elderly people. I always like to hear that. If you like scientifica findings and the language that describes them, then this one’s for you. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD007146.pub3/full?campaign=HSBestof16_Medicine

Tai Chi movement, qi and yin-yang equilibrium

The word Qi (pronounced “chee”) in Chinese refers to vital energy and is found everywhere in nature. The Chinese refer to Heaven Qi, Earth Qi, and Human Qi. In learning tai chi, when we talk about Qi, we often talk about Yin and Yang— two opposing, but complementary, forces that are seen in endless variations. Taijiquan and Qigong are activities that you could think of as exercises, or methods, for working towards Read More …

Standing in Wu Ji

Wu Ji is the first position in the form or before doing anything in Tai Chi or Qigong. The first thing to do is find your Zhong Ding, your central alignment. Your ears are over the shoulders, which are in line with the hips, which are in line with the knees and ankles and the “Bubbling Well” (Yongquan). You will probably have to bend the knees to get there and maybe tilt Read More …

Does “Quiet” in Tai Chi Mean Being Still?

People perceive being still for being quiet, but there is another way of understanding “quiet.” Trying to hold still is only one kind of quiet. It can lead to clenching and tension, pain, and poor balance, especially in beginners. That kind of tension can’t be held long. “Quiet-in-movement” offers better balance, less clenching, reduced or no pain, and much more. Quiet results from the mind letting the body move according to its Read More …

TAI CHI STRENGTHENS BALANCE

Gentle movements produce more exercise than you might think Excerpts: “According to research, taking tai chi in small groups for a dozen weeks two to three times a week reduces falls up to 55 percent.” “Instructor Brenda Michaelis likes tai chi because it works your entire body. ‘You don’t realize you’re exercising, and it’s good for your spirit as well as your body,’ she said.” READ THE REST HERE: http://www.theindependent.com/news/local/gentle-movements-produce-more-exercise-than-you-might-think/article_dd554912-91ac-11e6-bd24-176169d193be.html