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ARTICLE: Efforts to teach tai chi to pre-schoolers

Interezting motivation for teaching tai chi to kids, but who knows. It could lead to great things. According to [Deb] Hanney, WACOG [Western Arizona Council of Governments] applied for a grant to extend hours for its Head Start-affiliated childcare facilities, but the grant required a mandatory nap or rest time. A compromise was reached in the form of yoga and tai chi sessions for Western Arizona preschoolers this fall.

Learning tai chi is like learning a language

It seems so obvious Tai chi is like language Learning it is like learning to speak in a new idiom Like music It’s like learning to play an instrument Your body is the instrument It’s not an unknown language, because you use your senses to learn. You listen, see, feel, touch, engaging the whole being

We learn when new info presents itself

It’s not a sense of urgency, but rather a sense of need that establishes the pace of learning in tai chi. It takes time and patience. When you need something, it comes only as fast as it is possible …. often slower than we wish. We just have to go that speed as possibilities become available …. or as we become aware of them.

Forwarded Article: Stepping outside of your comfort zone

By making minor, but meaningful “tweaks” in how we act, we can decrease stress and increase confidence. Tai chi helps a lot of people to be more confident in a number of ways and this article relates to that. One key to it is that it works better if you consciously intend to develop greater confidence in your speech and posture.

Slow movements of taiji and qigong

We move slowly in tai chi. Why so slow depends on the practitioner. A beginner goes slow because that is how they develop control and take time to listen to their inner being and realize that slow movements result from moving more artfully. At first you can measure your activity by moving slowly. Later you are more clear on what you want to direct the body to do internally. Ever-deeper views into Read More …

ARTICLES: More “Tai Chi ‘may’ Relieve Afflictions

These two news articles refer to new research results talking about tai chi improving the lives of peripheral neuropathy patients and reducing stroke risks. I continue to hold tai chi and qigong classes in Durango for learners with a variety of challenges, as does my teacher and friend Susan Matthews in Cortez (she’s the anatomy, stroke and Parkingson’s expert). So please tell your friends about this news and help them help themselves Read More …