The less you think you know, the faster you learn.
It takes negative effort.
To find your proper posture, visualize that you are wearing a heavy, lead-filled backpack, with the straps resting squarely on the bony parts of your shoulders. What's more, imagine that you will have to wear that backpack all day long, and stand so that you can bear the weight indefinitely. This will make you sensitive … Continue reading How To Achieve Tai Chi Posture In An Instant
When is the body ever completely still? Only in death is there no movement. If you are living, you are breathing. If you are breathing, you are moving. The movements of tai chi ride upon the breath wave like flotsam following an ocean current. The hip bone is connected to the thigh bone. The thigh … Continue reading Stillness Is Death
Yoga and tai chi have several elements in common, but they also provide distinct benefits. This is how they are alike and different: Alike Both are mind-body arts that work by regulating and integrating body, breath, and mind, and are suitable for people of all ages and physical conditions. Practice is meditative, and benefits include … Continue reading How Yoga and Tai Chi Complement Each Other
Tai chi teaches us to move with structure, balance and flow. Structure is alignment of the joints that takes forces into the bones, giving muscles mechanical advantage. Balance is alignment with gravity that provides central equilibrium, keeping the body planted and upright. Flow is complimentary muscular activation, allowing us to move without stress by literally … Continue reading Structure, Balance, Flow
Doing tai chi is often confused with doing forms. Forms are a means to an end. The end is to move with chi. Can forms help you to move with chi? Perhaps. Are forms required to move with chi? Certainly not. When doing forms and when not doing forms the question tai chi asks is … Continue reading Moving With Chi
...is a sentiment that is very much alive in real life, not just in old B movies. An old joke goes, "How many tai chi players does it take to screw in a light bulb? Only one, but it takes 99 others to stand around and lament, 'That's not how we do it.'" Maybe it's … Continue reading My Kung Fu Is Better Than Yours
Excerpted from Bodymind, by Ken Dychtwald: I have discovered in my own bodymind that many of my habits and preferences are not necessarily due to any major commitment or physical deficiency but rather to a lack of involvement in new and stimulating activities. The forces of laziness and the easy way out all too often … Continue reading Dychtwald on Retraining Habits
Excerpted from Bodymind, by Ken Dychtwald: There is a simple experiment that you can try by which you can see at once what kind of feet you have. First, find a friend to help you with this experiment. Stand up and assume a position that feels natural and comfortable. Then, have your friend gently place … Continue reading Dychtwald on Posture