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Standing Meditation: A Case Study

Each year in our tai chi community we have been undertaking a 21 Day Standing Meditation Challenge to bring in the new year and to help introduce standing meditation and reap the benefits.  The benefits of Standing Meditation are often difficult to explain because of their subtlety.  A student responded with his experience so I thought it only appropriate to share. My Experience with Standing Meditation This time last year, I found myself in very tumultuous times personally. I had hit a ... Read More
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Help Me Help You Deepen your Tai Chi Practice!

Loading... This amazing community increasingly asks for ways to deepen their practice, improve their tai chi, and have tai chi dramatically impact on their lives. I am thinking about writing a book to help us all advance in a positive direction. Please take two minutes to share your thoughts and I will commit to creating something to help you deepen your practice. If you are interested, leave your email at the end. I may reach out to you to talk to ... Read More
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Tai Chi Weapons – 6 Reasons to study arcane fighting techniques

When was the last time you resorted to using a 7 foot spear to settle a dispute?  Or, do you think you would feel safer if your double-edge sword skills were up to snuff?  Ridiculous, I know.  Yet we study an art form that continues to teach ye-olde weapons forms.  Why bother? Tai Chi weapons forms teach us skills that cannot easily be accomplished with the open-hand form or any other fitness regime. Here are six reasons why you should study tai ... Read More
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Connecting Mindfulness and Tai Chi

  It is extremely difficult to bridge the gap between actually doing the tai chi form and improving your meditative-mindful state.  On one hand, doing the form feels good and we definitely feel better afterwards.  But how do we answer the questions from students, classmates, and ourselves such as:   What should I be thinking about when I do the form? Does your mind race? Are you concentrating on something? I will admit to you dear reader that I have historically been at a loss for ... Read More
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Using Tai Chi to Prevent Illness

  Here is the issue: I practice tai chi. Tai chi has purported health benefits. Am I healthy?   Am I healthier than average because I practice tai chi?   If not, can I change this? Last summer I was on a vacation with my family out of the country and caught the flu from a 6-year-old boy staying in the same place we were.  Vomiting, diarrhea, knocked out for 48 hours. Plus add on two days of a slow climb back to the land of the living.   ... Read More
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How to Judge People’s Energy Level

  Tai chi steady improves the attention and awareness that we bring to different aspects of our life.  This same awareness can act as an early warning system for disease and illness if you are attuned to the signs.  In this essay I will share insights gathered at a seminar with Master Chen Bin.  It led me to conduct a 6-month experiment on my health.  I will share those results in next month's post. Three ways to evaluate the health of another ... Read More
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The Science Behind One Way that Tai Chi Increases Happiness:  Facial Expression

              My aim in writing these articles is to increase the number of people who benefit from the internal arts and to deepen the rewards experienced by those who have already begun. In this essay I will: Provide research related to your facial composition  and how tai chi increases happiness Show how one additional focus during and outside of practice will enrich your life The Inner Smile – A part of History Dating back hundreds of years we have been instructed on the on the ... 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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Tai Chi Shoes

              Choosing the best footwear for tai chi is actually very important because the wrong shoes can lead to injury. Why can’t I wear my athletic shoes for tai chi? Wearing athletic shoes is okay to begin with but understand that the soles of these shoes have been designed not to slide.  Your foot is rotating frequently throughout taichi which can put strain on the knee if there is any drag.  When you step in tai chi, eventually you don’t have weight on ... Read More
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Chinese Symbolism and Tai Chi

              Let’s start with why Chinese Symbolism is WONDERFUL For many, it offers a connection to something more complex or greater than ourselves and is probably a big part of why people are drawn to internal arts as opposed to training in something like Crossfit, boxing, or MMA. Additionally, concepts like internal strength and movement of chi are incredibly complex and humans lack the vocabulary to describe the internal process or effects.  Symbolism in this context means “metaphor.” And more obvious, why is chinese ... Read More