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Making room for practice

Making room for practice

  I use the different rooms in the house for my tai chi practice – The loft room… holding on the bannister I do snakes. Standing in front of large mirror in the bedroom… I can check on what I’m actually doing with the Tor Yus and the foundation exercises, interspersed with Dan Yus. The […]
You’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone

  The first couple of months of 2020 had brought a number of difficult issues for close friends and family, all of whom  looked to me for physical and emotional support. Each one needed totally different skills and all together were a difficult mix. But, having discovered Taoist Tai Chi a couple of years ago, […]
Putting health first

Putting health first

Since  ‘chanting for the world’ on Saturday, I’ve been thinking about the new challenge of engaging consistently with my practice. I am lucky that I have space both inside and out, but I am limited by time. I definitely want to do some tai chi before the working day starts, but it keeps getting dropped. I […]
A Three Day Retreat in Isolation

A Three Day Retreat in Isolation

Cultivating self-discipline with Taoist Tai ChiTM arts Lockdown does not suit me, and after a few weeks of only leaving the house for a bit of exercise and shopping, I was beginning to feel like a caged tiger. Each day I was doing a Tai Chi set, the foundations, and the Dan Yu challenge, but […]
A beginner’s perspective on practicing alone

A beginner’s perspective on practicing alone

Scott started his Taoist Tai Chi journey with a beginners weekend last year. When classes were suspended earlier this year due to COVID-19,  he initially thought he was craving further instruction, and missing doing the set as part of a group. “Taoist Tai ChiTM arts have become a pretty big part of my life in […]
Straight to the goal!

Straight to the goal!

                          While we are all trying to deepen our personal practice and staying home, we were touched by the inspiring testimony of the members from the group “Five Fingers” (a group that has been practicing Taoist Tai Chi for three years), in Livorno, […]
Chanting for the World Brings Many Together

Chanting for the World Brings Many Together

Hello Pegoty,  It was good to hear your voice today. I like what you brought to the table about the NY Times opportunity to tell what we are doing to get through.  I jotted down  these words and phrases from Marsha, Andrew, Jim and others to share with students in my weekly email check in: […]
Tai Chi and Me = Happiness

Tai Chi and Me = Happiness

July marks the two-year anniversary of my first encounter  with Taoist Tai Chi® arts and I am reflecting on my journey so far. Almost immediately the word happiness comes to mind. This seems an odd choice; while learning tai chi makes me happy so do lots of other activities. Obviously, there is more to my […]
Taoist Tai Chi® in the Classroom

Taoist Tai Chi® in the Classroom

A project in the Quebec City Area shows that it is possible for 9-10 year old children to appreciate, and benefit from, Taoist Tai Chi® arts. Tracey teaches a grade 4 class. She began practicing Taoist Tai Chi® 2 years ago. She immediately thought of her students. She said:  Wow! I would love for my […]
Doing the ‘impossible’ and helping others

Doing the ‘impossible’ and helping others

“The fact that you can do something that you’re told is impossible gives you hope.” Providence Healthcare, which provides rehabilitation, palliative care, long-term care and community programs in Toronto, has just published a story in its Outlook magazine about long-time Taoist Tai Chi® arts participant Assunta Sciani.   Assunta, who has had Parkinson’s Disease for […]
‘A Gift That Flows Through Me’

‘A Gift That Flows Through Me’

Luana Goodwin has told the Tallahassee Democrat how her Taoist Tai Chi® arts story is long, complicated, and difficult because it’s been a journey not only of physical changes but emotional discovery as well. Diagnosed years ago with panic attacks, Laura  says that now she is pushing through the fear to tell her story. “It’s […]
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