Tai chi teaches us to open like an arch

arch1Arches are fine examples of man made and natural architecture that display elegance but at the same time great strength and expansiveness. Picture some of the arches you have seen in person or in photographs; the ancient arches of Rome and The Arc de Triomphe, the modern Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the many natural arches across the West.  They all exhibit great beauty and because of their inherent strength, have withstood the test of time.  In tai chi we make use of the arch all the time by practicing the bow stance and the horse stance.  These strong, graceful stances are the very foundation for the tai chi form. READ MORE

Tai chi is not just an exercise – it’s a way of life

Many pewww.taichilee.comople have been fascinated with the slow, deliberate movements of tai chi and the grace and beauty of the postures.  They are mesmerized by the softness and the intense focus of the tai chi player and enticed by their meditative actions.  They can clearly see the physical nature of the movements and how it appears as if the body is getting a complete workout.  But what they cannot see is how this form of exercise for the mind and the body simply becomes a way of life. Read more

But how shall I practice master?

beijing-tai-chi_1695_600x450No matter what athletic pursuit, hobby or skill we enjoy, there always comes a time when we wonder if we are practicing correctly, spending enough time honing our skills or even over-practicing. It’s our natural human instinct to desire improvement regardless of whether we compete with others, because we are still competing with ourselves.

To improve at anything requires diligence and dedication. We don’t necessarily have to become the absolute best at our chosen skill, but in order to satisfy our thirst for self-gratification we must put in a certain amount of time so that we continue to make small steps forward. And importantly that is exactly how we should practice; one small step at a time, focusing on a particular goal. Read more

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If your body doesn’t mind, you should try mind/body!

Its February already and we’ve all had an opportunity to start our exercise and fitness programs for the year.  Whether you’ve joined a local gym, startedMind_Body jogging, or enrolled in a group fitness class of some sort, you are well on your way to treating your body to a more healthy lifestyle.  You will tone your muscles, lose a bit of weight and increase your stamina.  But wait a minute!  Haven’t you forgotten something?

Very often we get so focused on our bodies that we forget about an equally important part of our being; our minds.  After all, what is it that controls all aspects of our perceptions, our reasoning and our thinking, both conscious and unconscious?  That’s right, our minds!  So why do we often neglect mind exercises?  READ MORE

Tai chi and listening energy

Are you truly listening? What’s that you say?  Have you ever stood listening to a friend tell you a story or talk about a problem and then when all was said and done you wondered what it was she was talking about? Have you gone to a concert then afterwards tried to recall or hum some of the songs?

Don’t worry, you’re not alistening-earlone. We all ‘listen’ to things but many times we don’t actually hear them. We are either exercising our selective hearing or perhaps we are relying too much on our ears to hear.

Of course we have to use our body’s auditory instrument to listen but there is another way to actually hear, whether it is spoken word, music, natural phenomenon (like thunder) or any other sound.  Read more.

Tai chi may boost your immune system

Many people are surprised to hear that tai chi is in fact an ancient Chinese martial art that could help you feinfluenza-virus-3d_yinyangnd off an attacker. People are even more surprised to hear that tai chi may also help you fend off an attacker of other sorts; viral attack.  This year the flu seems to be running rampant particularly in the Northeast.  Read more.