Allowing your chi (energy) to sink is often referred to as putting your mind in the tan tien [located about 2-3 finger widths below the navel] or putting the fire (mind) under the pot (nourishment center), sinking your chi has many benefits. You may notice that with your awareness centered in the tan tien region […]
What to do if you can’t remember You are going through your form and all of a sudden you go blank… how uncomfortable is that?! Doesn’t have to be. There are a number of reasons why this might happen. Was your mind elsewhere? You wonder which Single Whip is this? Did you miss the class […]
Part One Tai Chi comes from Wu Chi Moving from the Beginning Posture (Wu Chi) through the Preparation… As you stand in Wu Chi be aware of yourself as a vibration in space on the edge of movement and stillness. When you begin, allow the body to open on the inside – this is […]
There are two prominent outer layers to our energy fields – each encircles the entire body and function different. One is at arms length, the other halfway between full extension and the body. Somewhat like the eyes, the outer one extends out to “read” our environment and relays back to the inner field what is […]
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Rooting also happens at the top of the head. The Ba Wei point is located at the top-of-head. It is referred to in several different ways in the tai chi classics. For example: As if being hung by a string from above, Let the spirit of vitality reach your head-top, etc.An additional point that has […]
Chen Wei-Ming was a senior student of Yang Chang-Fu back in the 1930’s. I was told that he was deemed the “keeper of the gate” entrusted with upholding the integrity of the Yang lineage. Another story I was told is that when Professor Cheng Man-Ching modified the long form, he asked Chen Wei-Ming (CWM) for […]
Bring conscious awareness to your breathing. Let your mind connect with the in and out breaths. Know that when you inhale, you are bringing in vital and nourishing energy. On the exhale, consciously let go of what no longer serves you physically, mentally, and emotionally in that moment.
The divine energy of the universe is creative. We can join in the continuously unfolding changes in nature – collectively. Feel the joy!