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New content on consciousness and “waking up!”

Hi TCB community! A quick note on the posts that are going to be coming out over then next several months. We launched this survey "Deepen Your Tai Chi Practice" and had a really great response from many of you in the community. In putting together what people are struggling with and what people want to improve, we saw some significant trends. People shared that they want greater connection, both physically to chi and to life itself. People wanted more knowledge on being ... Read More
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The Best Way to Learn Qi Gong without a Teacher

You thought it was difficult to find a good tai chi teacher?  Try finding a good qi gong teacher.  Qi gong is an energy art that can dramatically improve health, concentration and well-being.  It can be undertaken by people of any age and with any physical limitation.  Learning qi gong on your own is possible and valuable because the benefits are huge. Here is where the hard part comes in.  Great progress usually demands 1) a great teacher and 2) an explanation ... Read More
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Can you learn tai chi from a book or video?

Let me start by saying that this is one of the most charged topics within the tai chi community.  Practitioners endlessly debate the benefits of teachers, styles and methods.     You have groups that are incensed by the mere idea of learning tai chi from a book.  On the other hand you have people who credit pursuing forms or information that they found in a book or video as their initial catalyst for progress. Let’s unravel each argument.  Hopefully by the end you ... 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
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Tai Chi Clothing

Do I need special clothing? One huge monetary benefit and reason for the proliferation of tai chi is that you don’t necessarily need facilities or materials in order to train.  That being said, once you have been practicing for a while, certain purchases make a lot of sense. Uncomfortable pants limit stance work and typical athletic shoes can impinge on the ankles and stick to the floor when pivoting (more on tai chi shoes here).  When you join a class or eventually ... Read More
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Why People Practice Tai Chi

Understanding why people practice tai chi is extremely important to our own development and to the development of classmates and students. We posted a survey here for two months and collected information about why people practice tai chi.  There were many responses that were expected but there were tons more that were not.  The combined results create a unique picture of the many reasons why people practice tai chi.  For instructors, it is valuable information in what to include in curriculum to keep ... Read More