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Xing-Yi: Heart-Mind Harmony

Think of the head and the heart as yin and yang, and the artificially imposed distinction between two two suddenly melts away.

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Notes from practicing “peng” and a stimulating conversation

I used to assume that we westerners prefer explanations as we learn tai chi. In contrast, in China, teachers might not explain anything at all. However, explanations, or descriptions, are not as defined culturally as an individual preference, I think. We learn by listening to explanations and by doing. We had a productive practice Saturday… Continue reading Notes from practicing “peng” and a stimulating conversation

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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.… Continue reading Tai Chi movement, qi and yin-yang equilibrium

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Energy and the role of the body in tai chi

My teacher, George Xu, says to "think" energy moving through the body. Part of my understanding of this matches his instructions, but I go beyond the literal meaning of his words. For example, I "feel" the energy moving as though that were thinking. I "think-feel" or "feel-think". From my training with my teachers and readings… Continue reading Energy and the role of the body in tai chi