The lower tan tien – located approximately 2-3 finger widths below the navel – is the center of nourishment – both energetic and physiologic. In the Form we move from this center. If you can center your awareness in this area of the body, it will help contain your energy from over extension. Although centered […]
Most of my learning about the “knot between the pearls” came from hours of learning and focus with Maggie Newman (a senior student of Professor Cheng man-Ching). In the mid to late 70’s she meticulously, arduously, and for me at times painstakingly drilled us who attended her summer 8 week intensives at Naropa Institute, on […]
Reeling of Silk – Chi Kung Exercise – Video This is a great exercise for the Lungs and Large Muscle Groups. (Caution: Start gently, do not practice for a long period of time as to become lightheaded. To start, 3 upward and 3 downward motions is sufficient.) Breathe in as the arms go up and […]
Intuition is a tangible yet unseen aspect of our being. It is the part of us that reaches out, beyond what the eyes can see to touch and sense our environment and universe. There are many layers to the intuitive realm, however because it is barely measurable by science, it is believed to be a […]
Root yourself to the Earth. Find flexibility in the being open to the changes of the Universe.
When you first start to study tai chi the body informs the mind – this is done by what you feel and see when scanning the body for tension, checking your weight differentiation and foot placements, monitoring your alignment, and coordinating the body mechanics from the vertical and horizontal axis. After a period of time […]
Meditation is a change in the “state of mind”. IMHO in meditation, sitting, standing or moving, when one experiences “non thinking” it is simply that the mind is not focused on internal dialogue. There are dimensions to what might be considered dialogue… In tai chi, the dialogue could be too much focus on what you […]
There are so many different kinds of “Chi”. There is mind chi, muscle chi, family chi, spirit chi, and the chi that flows in the body. There is earth chi, universe chi and nature chi. All organic matter has chi. Of matter itself, chi will always be its essence.
The Central Channel is the only meridian of its kind that has its own points. In Traditional Chinese Medicine there are more than one depiction of the Central Channel. Chi Kung (Qigong) practitioners more often refer to it as the orbit of energy that flows down the front and up the back. Acu-point practitioners refer […]
I just listened to the podcast for this TED talk a few days ago and it reminded me of a form progression session a couple of weeks ago. We were working on the four corners, and every time I made some mistake; a foot misplaced or an arm mis-timed. I finally did one, just one […]