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.

Take the long road and persevere with your tai chi practice

What is it that makes us better, gives us confidence and provides us with a sense of accomplishment? For many of us, taking on a challenge or confronting an obstacle and finding a waLong_road_smy to persevere and overcome is a sure-fire way to give us a sense of achievement. Thomas Edison once said, ‘The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.’

Tai chi can easily provide a challenge for anyone. The trick is the stick-to-itiveness part of the equation but traveling the long road has its benefits.  Read more

 

Use a tai chi approach and take it slow

Do you remember the children’s fable about The Tortoise and the Hare? The fast-moving, witty hare challenges the slow and deliberate tortoise to a raImage3ce. The tortoise consistently plods on all day, step after step while the hare races off but quickly loses focus, stops to rest and falls asleep. He consequently loses the race to a much slower opponent.  READ MORE

 

Put some spice into your tai chi practice

Practice, practice, practice. We’ve all heard that before whether it’s practicing a musical instrument, an athletic pursuit, writing, reading or tai chi.  TherMeandAliya4e is no doubt that it’s important to practice but it should not become a chore or it will become monotonous and more difficult to endure. In other words, we have to figure out ways to make our daily practice interesting and fun while at the same time achieve some small goal or make some small improvement in the process.  READ MORE

 

 

Apply tai chi principles to your tennis or golf game

The often-heard, over-simplified phrase to describe tai chi is ‘moving meditation.’ In fact, tai chi is a Backhand2_withArrowscomplex, internal Chinese martial art based on seemingly very simple concepts. An emphasis on the word ‘art’ in martial art because defined, it is the quality of expressing oneself according to certain principles. So in other activities such as tennis or golf you learn to use basic movement techniques that utilize the core tai chi principles.  READ MORE

 

Tai chi ‘cat walking’ for better balance

We can emulate cats by practicing tai chi mindful walking. One of the things that can help us tremendously in maintaining our balance is simple body awareness. In the case of walking, it is our ability to see, feel and hear while sustaining a sense of where we are. In other words we want to use all of our senses to interpret what we are walking on whether its grass, carpeting, or a wood floor and allow or body to make adjustments accordingly. More importantly, however, we want to use our full body awareness to completely tune in to our surroundings without losing sight of our destination. READ MORE

How is your tai chi foundation?

‘It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.’ David Allen Coe

Think about how important a sturdy foundation is when it comes to a comfortable home. If it is poorly constructed your house will eventually tumble to the ground. Think about your automobile mechanic who spends years learning how to repair engines. Without a competent mechanic who is well educated in the foundation of automobile repair your car would fail to run smoothly and would eventually stop running all together. More importantly, think about your family physician that spends years at college gaining a medical foundation then many more years as an intern so he can provide the best medical guidance for you and your family. Where would we be without proper medical care? READ MORE