Yin Yang philosophy, the foundation of Tai Chi Chuan, can be difficult for beginners to grasp so here’s a very simple exercise I teach to help people feel this concept called Yin Yang.
Here’s an easy exercise to do so you can get an understanding of the importance of opposites (Yin Yang) in Tai Chi.
- Stand with your feet about shoulder apart
- Arms beside your body
- Raise you arms out in front of you to about shoulder high
- Bend your elbows so you arms move towards your body
- Lower your arms to starting postion. [Read more…]
A couple of days ago I ran another Chair Chi session for an aged care center and the residents ages ranged from 90 to 103 years-old. That’s over 1543 years of age!
What an amazing experience. It certainly reaffirmed my belief that age is not a barrier to practicing Chi exercises that can help calm and also energise when required.
Well, I’ve done it again.
I’ve put another staff member to sleep who was watching a Chair Chi session I ran for an aged care center today.
As I was working with a group of elderly residents I noticed the staff member sitting nearby start to drift off to sleep. He was watching the gentle hypnotic Chi movements we were practicing and kept nodding off.
A little while ago I was in Shepparton for a holiday. On one of the sunny days, Sue and I decided to veg out beside the lake so we set up our picnic table, chairs, lunch and just kicked back and watch the world go by.
After a while I got itchy Tai Chi feet and decided to walk over to the edge of the lake to practice some Tai Chi and Chi Kung. I felt energised and to finish off my practice I got into the embrace the tree posture (standing meditation).
Adults, children, and the odd dog walked, ambled, trottered by, glancing over towards me. I ignored them and stayed focused on my stance work.