When Do You Turn Your Tai Chi Off?

While practicing, you are relaxed, aligned, your movements are smooth, deliberate. In other words, you are actively maintaining your tai chi composure. The question is, when do you stop? Do you turn your tai chi on when you practice the form, and turn it off when you stop? Do you turn it off when class … Continue reading When Do You Turn Your Tai Chi Off?

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

Thinking And Breathing

Thinking is like breathing. We do it pretty much all the time, automatically. We can only exert so much conscious control over it. We can put it on hold for a short time, but the moment we stop paying attention it starts to happen again. Its quality and rhythm are influenced by our habits and … Continue reading Thinking And Breathing

Why Meditation Should Engage The Body As Well As The Mind

Because the body and the mind are not only connected, they are different facets of the same thing.  Every aspect of one is reflected in the other. In tai chi, we say that everything physical has psychological analogues, and everything psychological has physical analogs.  What shows up in your practice shows up in your life, … Continue reading Why Meditation Should Engage The Body As Well As The Mind

The Three Regulations of Qigong

Tai chi is a form of qigong (energy work).  The practice of qigong, including tai chi, involves the engagement of three ongoing regulations, which are the elements of what I refer to as tai chi composure. The Three Regulations are body regulation, breath regulation, and mind regulation.  Body is the physical aspect of our experience, … Continue reading The Three Regulations of Qigong

Slow Down, Live Longer

In beasts from large to small, there is an inverse mathematical relationship between base metabolic rate and life span.  A fast heart equals a short life, a slow heart equals a long life.  In fact, the total number of heartbeats in a lifetime is roughly constant between species. This is likely part of the mechanism … Continue reading Slow Down, Live Longer

On Meditation

Meditation takes us into our own subconscious, what some might call a visit to the soul. The soul is like a garden. It must be tended, or weeds will grow. If our garden is overgrown it may not be a very pleasant place to visit. The only remedy is to spend more time tending it! … Continue reading On Meditation