Article: “The Millennial Obsession With Self-Care”

from NPR.com by Christianna Silva The content of this report resonates with the growth of millennials who do tai chi. I think, however, that they are not finding tai chi as easily as I wish they would. The article stresses the role of the internet in promoting self-care among millennials, though self-care has been around forever. Tai chi is ultimately self-care that contrast with the consumer approach to self-care mentioned in the report. Many people buy products (self-care kits) or subscribe to a twitter bot to remind them to take care of themselves. Just do tai chi, I say. Quotes: In 2015, according to the Pew Research Center, more millennials reported making personal improvement commitments than Read More …

A emotion word dictionary

This is about emotion words for which no English equivalent exists. I like this quote from Dr. Lomas who has been researching these cool words and has built a “dictionary” of 1,000 words from all around the world and from diverse cultures. …especcially the final sentence, which reminds me of tai chi learning. “In our stream of consciousness – that wash of different sensations feelings and emotions – there’s so much to process that a lot passes us by,” Lomas says. “The feelings we have learned to recognise and label are the ones we notice – but there’s a lot more that we may not be aware of. And so I think if we are given Read More …

Question about changing directions in Wu Style Tai Chi Form

Sometimes, I get questions from learners that merit sharing. This question is about whether we should pivot on the heels or the balls of the feet when changing directions in the Wu form. QUESTION: When you turn doing Tai Chi, is it always on your heels? ANSWER: This is a good question. By “always,” do you mean outside of class or inside? I learned in Wu style training, of which two lineages exist, to turn on the heels … except when the teacher does something else, such as turning on the bubbling well. The point I try to convey in class is to cultivate enough control to do what you intend to do, such as pivoting Read More …

How much time to I spend doing tai chi?

People ask, “how much time do you spend doing tai chi? Everyday?” I’m troubled to answer, because time is not an issue, only that I practice. Less and less I have to look for the time. It’s more of a command. I know if I don’t heed it, I will pay a price. I am no longer willing to pay for ignoring it. Once I could ignore the call, but not now. If you ever get to this point in your life, whatever your routine practice may be, I congratulate you. I honor you.

Article: Another study about cognitive abilities in older people

Well, they don’t mention tai chi and qigong in this one, but I’ll just go ahead and say it; “Do tai chi and qigong to give that old polipoprotein E (APOE) gene the hard time it deserve.” “Mentally stimulating activities perhaps in combination with known healthy life styles such as exercise are simple and inexpensive activities that can potentially protect people against the development of mild cognitive impairment,” said senior study author Dr. Yonas E. Geda http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/brain-games-linked-to-delayed-cognitive-decline-in-elderly/3482170.html

One-minute or less tai chi exercise tips

We think we have to separate tai chi practice from our jobs and other daily requirements. We see it as a time thing. We either have time for tai chi or we don’t. We have to work. No doubt about that. Tai chi is extracurricular, not necessary. This is difficult to accept as a teacher and a long-time practitioner. I prefer to see the issue as a “timing” thing and what kinds of movement can fall under the category of “tai chi.” By that I mean that if we time it right, we can do tai chi anytime during the day by simply recognizing that we have a minute or two to do something—however little it Read More …

Tip on starting your tai chi practice

They say that practicing at “same time, same place” everyday is best, but I say anywhere, anytime is superior. This is because fluidity is a key strength of your practice. It is an achievement that you reach through practice. Might as well start with it as a goal rather that adhere to an imposed rule of when and where. Of course, often enough it turns out to be a regular place and time. But it is not a hard and fast rule. Follow your intuition. Listen to your body. Step into your desire. Your place will probably be where you feel comfortable and calm and your time might be when you can practice regularly. The early Read More …

Do tai chi in the morning

Do tai chi in the morning. It will place you in a frame of mind that you can carry through the day. Most of us won’t make it the whole day, or even the rest of the morning, as we slip back into an accustomed manner of moving. Our body, our thoughts, our feelings, our speech will return to the norm, yet a residue will remain. Build on that.