Tai Chi Daily Blog

HEALING ANXIETY NATURALLY

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I have often read online that Tai Chi cures and reduces anxiety. I do not feel that Tai Chi practice alone can cure anxiety but it can definitely help. Tai Chi can teach you to learn the feeling of relaxation necessary in order to cope with anxiety symptoms. This is especially taught during fixed step Push Hands, this is a two-person teaching tool in Tai Chi practice. Two people stand in a 70/30 bow stance posture facing each other, through touch try to find each others center of balance. When a Tai Chi player stiffens up, their center of balance is exposed...

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QIGONG EXERCISES

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Depending on the length of a Tai Chi form, it can often take a person more than a year to learn a Tai Chi sequence and/or a lifetime to perfect it. One of the things that intrigued me the most about Tai Chi is that you can never perfect it, and so begins the journey. The Yang Tai Chi short form I practice takes me about twelve minutes to complete each day. Not everyone has the time or dedication to devote to Tai Chi practice. We live in a very fast-paced environment and when someone is not working or constantly...

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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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SOPHIA DELZA - TAI CHI

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I recently read an article titled “How an American Dancer Introduced Tai Chi to America”. The article was about Sophia Delza a pioneer in introducing Tai Chi to non-Chinese-Americans. In 1948, Sophia Delza moved to Shanghai with her husband. On one of her trips to Beijing, she discovered Tai Chi. She wrote in her book T’ai-Chi Ch’uan Body and Mind in Harmony, The Integration of Meaning and Method about a dramatic scene early one morning when she first stumbled upon Tai Chi in T’ai Mizo Park. “Dozens of people, young and old, were each doing his exercise, each clearly centered...

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