What is Qi? Is it truly a part of Taiji practice? Can it be used to augment Taiji’s martial and self-defense abilities?
Benefits The benefits of a consistent Tai Chi practice are many and varied. These benefits fall into the categories of physical benefits, emotional benefits, and spiritual benefits. Physical Benefits Among the physical benefits we have: The release of physical tension.Greater balance.Greater flexibility and range of motion.Increased leg strength.An increase in one’s ability to defend oneself… Read more »
Relax The master principle of all Tai Chi movement is the principle of Relaxation, looseness, ‘song’. When one relaxes completely into the skeletal and fascial structure of one’s body, one naturally aligns one’s body with the principle of effective (effortlessly effective) body mechanics. Aligning bodily with effortlessly effective body mechanics encourages the body to move… Read more »
Prayer to the Unknowable Having grown up Catholic I’ve been exposed to the rudiments of prayer since a young age. From the prescribed, formal memorization of The Lord’s Prayer to a more spontaneous prayer that voices the soul’s supplication, there seems to be a power in prayer to relieve anxiety in one’s heart. This relief,… Read more »
How anger wells up within the bosom feels like something trying to burst out of the sternum. When it takes all one’s strength to keep it from exploding in a torrent of vitriol and violence. When another’s choice of words are designed to hurt or make you feel small. When their words are not wrapped… Read more »
Fear is a tightening of the chest, a shackle to the ground, the knife that clips our wings. At the beginning of anything new, often before the very first step into the perceived abyss, fear cautions and cajoles, warns, and works to keep us from starting. We should feel this fear completely, acknowledge its presence,… Read more »
Each breath is a sacred act. You have been given life and a moment by moment reminder of this exists within the act of breathing. Something of such importance is given no attention by us unless it becomes difficult to do. Breathing is automatic, until it is not, but only in those rare instances that… Read more »
“Chi kung” or “Qi gong” is a general term used in reference to different practices – some moving, some static, some meditative/contemplative – but all involving the accumulation, movement, and storage of “qi”. That then leads to the question as to what is chi? That would be the part where one stumbles a bit. Qi… Read more »