Tai Chi Daily Blog — tai chi form

DOWNWARD DOG

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Whenever I practice Tai Chi indoors my German shepherd dog lays down in my practice space a few feet of me to chew his Nylabone. I don’t know why but my dog has done this ever since he was a puppy. Is he doing this just to be next to me or is it done on purpose to bother me? As I begin my Tai Chi form the loud bone chewing begins. As I slowly flow from one movement to the next, the loud bone chewing noises seem to fade away. After a few minutes into my form, when I...

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MOVING MEDITATION

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I was just doing a random search online and found an article stating that Tai Chi is not a moving meditation. One of the reasons the writer stated that Tai Chi was not a moving meditation is because they felt in doing the Tai Chi form you need to pay attention to what is going on outside of the body as well as what is going on inside. I guess their idea of meditation is that you only pay attention to what is going on internally. I think this is a great topic for discussion as I am sure most...

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TAI CHI AND BACK PAIN

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This post was written by LK who is a guest blogger on Taichi-daily.com As I continue working on fine-tuning my Yang style short form, I am experiencing mild but annoying pain in my lower back after each tai chi practice. To relieve the back pain, I was advised to “relax at the end of each movement and let go of unnecessary muscle tension”.  The big question is how to do it. We are often told to relax, but rarely are we taught any practical tips on how to accomplish it. Learning muscle relaxation as a general skill can transform our...

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THE MANY LAYERS OF TAI CHI

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"Every tree and plant in the meadow seemed to be dancing, those which average eyes would see as fixed and still." - Jalal ad-Din Rumi   How many times do you may hear Tai Chi referred to as like an onion because of its many layers? It is an art that you can spend a lifetime studying, but never learn everything it has to offer. The other day I was working with some students who were having some balance issues and I was saying that if you watch a time-lapse video of a flower blooming you can see that the center moves...

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TAI CHI MOMENTUM

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My form usually consists of paying attention to quite a few points and working on them for a week or more. This morning's practice my attention happened to be on my feet. The foot is neither the beginning nor the end but it starts the momentum the rest of the body follows. Each step as I shift into the substantial foot, I am feeling the Chi travel through my body. It starts below the ground up through the bottom of my substantial foot and passes through my body and out to infinity. Then new chi energy travels back down through my head, through my...

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