Thoughts about when to practice tai chi

When you do tai chi and qigong (day of week, time of day) can affect the quality of your daily life schedule in positive ways that you might not be thinking about. We have been meeting Saturday mornings in the park to practice tai chi and qigong and I think others really enjoy these morning sessions. Summer mornings in SW Colorado are exceptionally peaceful, bright, and clear.

Morning is perhaps the most common time to practice tai chi around the world. But our busy lifestyle’s hinder many, if not most, of us from practicing everyday. Although I offer an evening and morning practice a week, I would do both everyday if circumstances were more amenable. I do at home many days, though. In lieu of being able to have daily group practice, Durango Tai Chi learners can practice at home on days and times between weekly group practice. This can stabilize your energy levels and enhance your productivity. Here are some thoughts on morning practice that you might find useful.

Think about what day and time a tai chi and qigong practice would be best for you. Think about why it would be, particularly in relation to other things you’re doing in your daily routines. Tai chi practice might be better for you in preparation for the day or even the whole week, on one hand, or it might be better as you wrap up the day or the week. You may prefer to prepare early in the week, as well as early in the day; or practice after the week’s events are winding down and you’re feeling the wear and tear of your busy lifestyle.

I enjoy morning practice over evening practice on any given day, because I am refreshed from a good night’s rest. My mind-body configuration absorb so much energy at that time. However, an evening practice effectively shakes off the energetic crust (or static energy) that forms from rushing to meet life’s demands. It’s really a toss up whether or not one is better. It depends on you and your lifestyle and daily schedule—as well as you energetic needs at any given time.

It might seem more difficult to “get in the mood” for evening tai chi, because it’s just another task to do when we’d prefer to head home and crash in the easy chair and veg out for a while. If you ask me, after doing evening tai chi, vegging out acquires a more-stimulating character and your brain and body will thank you for finding the time and making the effort.