Happy Lunar New Year!!

Happy Lunar New Year!!

Happy Lunar New Year. As my friend Dale says, “May your spoons be overflowing with your favorite dumplings”. 2021 is a “metal” year. In Traditional Chinese Medicine metal rules the lungs. How appropriate is that… given that we are in the...
Daily Tai Chi Reminder

Daily Tai Chi Reminder

A common problem for beginners in Tai Chi is over-extending. It is easy to over-extend your head,  arms, legs and energy. This results in losing your arcs and circles. Losing arcs and circles contributes to locked joints and tense muscles. When your joints are locked...
Daily Tai Chi Reminder

Daily Tai Chi Reminder

Keep energy in your hands while practicing. Doing an entire form while focusing attention on the hands is an interesting exercise. It takes intention to maintain an expansive energy in the hands without tensing or collapsing them. A small amount of water could be held...
Daily Tai Chi Reminder

Daily Tai Chi Reminder

What does it mean to relax in Tai Chi? It isn’t only about releasing physical “tension”. It is also about not “tensing” the mind. In Tai Chi we call this state of relaxation “Song”. Tai Chi trains our bodies and minds to move...
DAILY TAI CHI REMINDER

DAILY TAI CHI REMINDER

Tai Chi is the expression of Yin & Yang. Yin & Yang cannot exist without each other. Light does not exist without dark. Yang rises and Yin sinks. Study the form. Feel the dynamic interaction of Yin & Yang in every movement. Happy Training!!!   You...
Welcome to the New Decade!

Welcome to the New Decade!

Allow Strength and Resiliency to Abound in 2021 We have officially entered a new decade with the beginning of 2021. We now can put the 2010s in our rear-view mirror, a decade of challenges on so many levels: health, both emotional and physical, political and social...
Why Would Anyone Want to Study Tai Chi?

Why Would Anyone Want to Study Tai Chi?

As a kid my Dad frequently took me to Santa Monica Beach, which I loved. There was a sense of anticipation and excitement as we drove over the hill from the San Fernando Valley to Santa Monica. The air felt and smelled differently. It was cooler and sometimes foggy,...
Practicing Tai Chi in a Limited Space

Practicing Tai Chi in a Limited Space

For those of us lucky enough to live in temperate climates we have many opportunities in which to go outside, practice Tai Chi and take in the nature around us, but what do we do in the winter months when it may be rainy, cold, windy, damp or snowy? These types of...
Inhale… Exhale… Now What?

Inhale… Exhale… Now What?

We begin our life with a first breath and end it with a final breath – but what about all the breaths in between these pivotal events? How can we use breathing to make dramatic changes to our health and vitality? How can such a simple act as breathing bring...
Tai Chi: The Subtle Art of Movement

Tai Chi: The Subtle Art of Movement

The Chinese ancient arts of Internal Health include Tai Chiquan and Qigong as multi-dimensional practices developing both physical and emotional wellbeing. This is supported by recent medical research which has shown that Tai Chi and Qigong are powerful tools for...