The idea of applying tai chi principles to every aspect of one’s life is attractive to almost everyone. It is easy to understand that the more we integrate principle into life, the more we embody our art and enrich all aspects of life. This article reviews how skiing can inspire deep tai chi practice.
by Edna Brandt, LAc Licensed Acupuncturist and Tai Chi Teacher
Your houseplants or your lawn or garden will grow more or
less by themselves, though they will get gangly or weedy
without attention. If you want a premium lawn or prize roses,
you need to cultivate, to pay attention to what is needed. You
need to make sure that there is the right placement, the right
amount of water and sun, the correct fertilizer. If you
cultivate your plants or lawn, they will have beautiful qi.
In the same way, you need to cultivate your own qi to have
the best health you can. Without special care, you will
Some insights into the challenges of learning Tai Chi by by Edna Brandt LAc Licensed Acupuncturist and Tai Chi Teacher
This handout has been used by Dan Ogrydziak and others to support students in their practice.
A gentle way to fight stress
Tai chi helps reduce stress and anxiety. And it also helps increase flexibility and balance.f you're looking for a way to reduce stress, consider tai chi (TIE-CHEE). Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.
The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year, but not all the time and not for everyone. Sometimes there is so much cooking, cleaning and hosting to do that we don’t have any fun. Other times, our different family members are at each others’ throats. For many families, it may be the only time of year everyone is together and sometimes we use it for praise and other times it’s an endless time of criticism. Here are a few tips (including Tai Chi!) for reduced holiday stress and anxiety.
1. Plan Ahead
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