Category Archives: Mindfulness

Tension-Free: 7 Amazing Benefits

The release of tension in the body can lead to the release of unconscious memories to the conscious mind. This is true because we can suppress painful or traumatic experiences by unconsciously tensing certain parts of our musculature. There is also anecdotal and subjective evidence to support this, such as the spontaneous tears that may… Read more »

1 Astounding Message of Hope

There are occasionally times in our lives when uncertainty is king, and we need to step out of our comfort zone. This is often because we have no choice in the matter. The rug has been pulled out from under us and we must choose a new path. A path that feels risky and without… Read more »

Move from the Centre

The Dantien What is traditionally called the Dantien has an important place in the discussion of Tai Chi.  The Dantien is said to be an energy point/nexus located approximately 2 inches bellow the navel, but within the body.  It is often said to be a reservoir of what is often called ‘chi’ in Chinese.  Whether… Read more »

Qigong: A Further Exploration

Relax Relaxation is the priority and prime focus of all Taoist Exercise  and Martial Arts, including Qigong.  Relaxation is induced through deep breathing, awareness of and release of tension, awareness of breath, and mindfulness.  Breathing in the practice of qigong is a deep diaphragmatic breathing with an expansion of the abdomen on the in-breath, and… Read more »

On Death and Dementia

A close relative of mine died recently.  He was in his 80’s. I am uncertain of the cause of his death.  The most important fact for our  discussion is that the  last few years of his life were touched by the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I believe that this is one of the… Read more »

The Benefits of Tai Chi Chuan

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 »

Relaxation

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 »