Enlightenment Through Tai Chi – 10/25/21

  Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip #339 Enlightenment Through Tai Chi Enlightenment is most often experienced as a moment that occurs between the in-breath and out-breath. This special place is like a small crack in the cosmic egg. If we look close enough...

Tai Chi Scale/Chi Flow – 10/18/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip #338 Tai Chi Scale Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Ti-Do , or solmization, is the vocalization of the major scale in music. These are eight basic sounds, or since sound is nothing but waves of energy, we can say eight basic energies create an...

Stability and Mobility/A Favor – 10/11/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip #337 Stability and Mobility The concepts of stability and mobility are the foundation building blocks of the internal arts. Stability implies something that is resistant to change or something that maintains equilibrium. Mobility...

Balance/War and Peace – 10/4/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip #336 Balance The idea of balance is paramount to our success in the internal arts. It is very apparent in the physical movements, and less so in the mind and spirit. Yet when we examine our lives, we see how balance is manifested...

Random Thoughts on Tai Chi – 9/27/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip #335 Random Thoughts On Tai Chi * The study of Tai Chi and related subjects is not about changing who you are. It is about discarding who you are not. * Why should I study Tai Chi Push Hands? So I can train myself to have...

Thermometer – 9/20/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip #334 Thermometer The thermometer offers a good analogy for how chi affects the body. Let me explain. When it is cold outside, the mercury (or whatever fills your thermometer) is compressed into the lower level of the glass tube. In...

Learning – 9/13/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip #334 Learning How often have you heard the expression -”Learn from your mistakes”? It is a well accepted idea. I’m afraid I have to disagree. Let me explain. When one wants to “learn” something, what does that person do? He or...

Sensing With Hands – 9/6/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip #332 Sensing with Hands In Tai Chi, the hands are our connection from our mind to someone or something else. It is important to develop sensitivity, and for the form, a sense of reality. Usually in classes, we work with partners to...

Tai Chi Birds/New Class – 8/30/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip #332 Tai Chi Birds When you are a student of wonder, lessons are everywhere. Most afternoons, I sit on the top of an outbuilding, read, write, and enjoy the complete privacy of my back yard. I usually go about the same time in the...

San Bao – Three Treasures – 8/23/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip #331 San Bao – Three Treasures I talk a lot about the Three Treasures – Jing, Qi, and Shen. Tai Chi practice is fundamentally based on the concept of refining energy – of converting Jing to Qi and Qi to Shen. The Three Treasures is...