Awareness Increases Faster Than Ability

Awareness Increases Faster Than Ability

“Awareness always increases faster than ability if we are training correctly”. My teacher, Larry Johnson, has said this me this may times over the years. At times I have despaired that I was getting worse instead of better even though I put a lot of attention into my...
Tai Chi Walking

Tai Chi Walking

Every Tai Chi style has its own unique way of Tai Chi walking. Here are some questions to consider when practicing Tai Chi walking. Do you step farther out then you are able to maintain your balance? Do you clunk down when you step? Where is your weight when stepping?...
On Being a Teacher & a Student

On Being a Teacher & a Student

Do you need a teacher to learn Tai Chi?  I believe that a good teacher is a must!!!  In my humble opinion a good Tai Chi or Qigong practice makes us more joyful and happy.  It is important to choose a teacher that emanates joyfulness, one that makes you feel happier...
More Neck Awareness

More Neck Awareness

Does your neck ever crackle and crunch? Last week in class a Qigong exercise required turning our heads left and right. At the end of class a student mentioned that when she turned her head she felt a crunchy crackly feeling in her neck and asked if there was...
Neck & Shoulder Awareness

Neck & Shoulder Awareness

Relaxing the neck and shoulders: In the past when I have been told to “relax” I never liked it. For the most part I found it annoying and it had the exact opposite effect on me. Through Tai Chi I learned a completely different mindset about tension and relaxation. The...
Tai Chi Thoughts

Tai Chi Thoughts

Tai Chi has taught me how to learn. I say this often. When I was young I was not a very good student. My mind was very active and it was often difficult to concentrate. I started studying Tai Chi at 19 not knowing what I was embarking on. When I was young, I used to...
Daily Tai Chi Reminder

Daily Tai Chi Reminder

“And suddenly your know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings”. This is a wonderful quote by Eckhart Tolle. This is how I felt when I was first introduced to Tai Chi in 1973. I had injured my back and went to see an acupuncturist....
Daily Tai Chi Reminder

Daily Tai Chi Reminder

Slo-Mo is the way to go!!! Tai Chi is meant to be savored, like allowing an incredibly delicious piece of chocolate to slowly melt in your mouth. Sometimes during practice I find myself in a place of timelessness, a place where I feel so incredibly good, a place that...
Daily Tai Chi Reminder

Daily Tai Chi Reminder

 Recognizing the Kwa: When talking about the Kwa we are generally speaking of the inguinal groove that connects the leg to the torso. Often Tai Chi is an optical illusion. Tai Chi movements can be difficult to “see” for beginners and non-practitioners. For example, in...