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The benefits of meditation: 5 Reasons to seriously consider beginning today

Meditation sounds really good for us and who wouldn't want to emulate the peaceful people we always see in pictures of meditation.  Unfortunately, meditation is not like a crossfit workout where the results of your efforts are painfully evident the next day and visible over time. The benefits of meditation are reaped after a period of consistent practice.   With pursuits like this, it is hard to begin and sometimes hard to stick with it.  In this essay, let's provide some ... Read More
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Using the 3 Dantiens to find Enthusiasm

I recently went through a time at work where I really wasn’t motivated.  Projects I was part of took on a gruelingly slow pace.  Activities I would normally do without any real effort required coffee. And rather than be energized by what I was doing, I was really exhausted by the end of day. At the time I can assure you that I came up with all sorts of excuses as to what the problem was, no of which were me ... Read More
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Tai Chi Breathing: 9 Guidelines to get the most out of your practice

If you are overwhelmed with the intricacies of tai chi then this topic is going to be refreshing for you.  For the ultra-beginners, tai chi breathing is one area that you don’t need to focus too much on.  Your job is to learn the movements of the form.  Breathing will improve just from learning the form and practicing. Once you complete the form and have been practicing for a while, questions always arise as to how you should breathe, when you ... Read More
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The Benefits of Correcting Posture

Experience the benefits of correcting posture!   Why do we spend so much time correcting posture and why is the western world waking up to posture’s importance? Take any tai chi class, the good, the bad, or the ugly, and your first and continual introduction to the art has a huge focus on posture. The quintessential tai chi images, regardless of style, show beautifully erect and elongated postures. While posture alignment in tai chi has always been a foundational focus, the reasons behind ... Read More
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Reverse Breathing

Surprising to most of us, we don’t have just one breath.  There are several types of breathing that our body employs and it changes throughout the year, throughout our lives, and depending on our emotional state.  Reverse breathing is a natural body process that we can consciously manipulate to improve health.  Let's discuss the importance of reverse breathing to the internal arts, dispel some negative ideas, and offer some simple instructions to improve our practice. What is reverse breathing? Reverse breathing is the ... Read More
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Science Relating Tai Chi and Happiness:  Movement

            This is the second article in a two part series on happiness.  Check out Science Behind Why Tai Chi Increases Happiness:  Facial Expression for the first installment. Newcomers to martial arts ride the initial wave of excitement when they begin studying and attend class judiciously.  However, that initial excitement always wears off and we need facts to create the buy-in to keep practicing until results are felt. Secondly, beginner students follow an instructor’s commands on blind faith entrusting the instructor to lead them ... Read More
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The benefits of the tai chi long form over the short form

                  Most tai chi styles offer at least 2 forms:  long and short.  Some styles like Yang have categorized them into a multitude of sizes 18 - 24 - 48 - 83 - Tall - Grande - Venti... Let’s talk about the values of the different sizes of the forms.  In this article I am going to commend you for learning a short version of the form but also supply some physiological research as to why eventually pursuing the long form is ... Read More
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There has never been a better time to learn tai chi

Prominent scientist and lecturer Alan Leshner stated that “we have probably learned more about the brain in the past twenty years than in all of recorded history.”  I find this to an apt metaphor for tai chi too. More has been learned about tai chi (by Westerners) in the last 20 years than in the previous 2000 years combined. We are on the crest of an informational wave that is not only increasing the numbers of people who want to  learn tai chi ... Read More
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The Benefits of Brainwave Entrainment

              We introduced brain entrainment in the first of these two articles : Quickly Reap the Rewards of Meditation: Introducing Brainwave Entrainment What is brain entrainment? Brain entrainment uses an external stimulus such as sound or light to cause brainwave frequencies to correspond with an intended brain-state for the purpose of inducing sleep or a deep meditative state. It is based on research showing that the human brain has a tendency to move towards a dominant frequency. The argument for brain entrainment The benefits of meditation ... Read More
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Meditation: Quickly Reap the Rewards using Brainwave Entrainment

              When people ask me why I do qi gong, tai chi or meditate, I always start by explaining the benefits you receive after practicing for awhile.  People are genuinely interested in beginning but there is often a hesitation because of the commitment of time and learning that is needed before you really start to reap the rewards. I always wish that I could jump the skeptic ahead so that they could immediately feel the difference that internal work causes: better health, ... Read More