World Tai Chi Day San Diego 2017 Charity “Funraiser”

___________________________________________________ worldtaichidaysandiego.com ___________________________________________________   WORLD TAI CHI & QIGONG DAY SAN DIEGO 2017 @ THE WORLD BEAT CENTER   CHARITY "FUNRAISER" EVENT   INCLUDING:   HOLISTIC LIFE EXPO   KUNG FU CON   24 HOURS OF WORLD PEACE LIVE WEBCAST   --ONE WORLD, ONE BREATH, $1 MILLION FOR CHARITY!--   LOCATION: World Beat Cultural Center, … Continue reading World Tai Chi Day San Diego 2017 Charity “Funraiser”

How To Achieve Tai Chi Posture In An Instant

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

Stillness Is Death

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

How Yoga and Tai Chi Complement Each Other

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

Structure, Balance, Flow

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

Moving With Chi

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

My Kung Fu Is Better Than Yours

...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

Dychtwald on Retraining Habits

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

Dychtwald on Posture

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

Dychtwald on Tension in the Legs

Excerpted from Bodymind, by Ken Dychtwald: While very few people ever actually injure their knees, all of us frequently hold tension and stress in our legs that to some degree impairs our movements and limits our bodymind awareness. For example, stand up and experience your legs. Imagine that you are in an extremely desirable situation … Continue reading Dychtwald on Tension in the Legs