Category Archives: Tai Chi Chuan

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 »

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 »

The Tai Chi Form

Most of us are familiar with, to some degree or other, the slow, flowing movements of the Tai Chi Chuan form. The form is a series of interlinked flowing movements, that look like a stylized, imaginary fight with a number of opponents. This is true in a Tai Chi form, as much as it is… 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 »