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Zmena návykov 0

Zmena návykov

Pred 56 rokmi zomrela moja mama. Mala som vtedy 10. Odvtedy som viedla dosť ľahkomyseľný život. Posledných 40 rokov bolo pre mňa fajčenie spôsob ako sa vyrovnávať s problémami, až kým mi pred 6 rokmi Taoistické Tai Chi nedalo silu prestať. Pred pár rokmi som si objednala pamätnú dosku za moju mamu na Sviatok všetkých […]
Zvládanie stresu a úzkosti každodenným cvičením 0

Zvládanie stresu a úzkosti každodenným cvičením

Pred pandémiou som umenia Taoistického Tai Chi™ cvičila iba na skupine raz do týždňa piatok večer. Medzi skupinami som na ne zriedka pomyslela. Keďže trpím úzkosťou a stresom, vo februári som absolvovala kurz Kognitívnej behaviorálnej terapie, kde som získala nástroje ako ich prekonávať. Ukázali sa byť neoceniteľnými, keď prišiel zákaz vychádzania. Z Tai Chi […]
Cítiť energiu a spolupatričnosť 0

Cítiť energiu a spolupatričnosť

V sobotu som sa prvýkrát pripojila na „Chanting pre svet“. Nechantovala som, iba som nasávala atmosféru a sledovala jeden z textov, ktorý som si vytlačila. Podľa mňa to bolo veľmi uvoľňujúce, užívala som si počúvanie účastníkov. Keď sa chanting skončil, cítila som veľké teplo a mala som pocit, že môže pochádzať iba z energie, ktorá […]
Sila Taoistického Tai Chi 0

Sila Taoistického Tai Chi

    Život je v súčasnosti plný emócii a smútku a umenia Taoistického Tai Chi™ sa pre mňa stali absolútnou záchranou. Môj prvý svetlý okamih nastal, keď som robila don-yu výzvu. Urobila som štyridsať don-yu a potom ďalších desať, pomaly, naozaj som sa sústredila na tlačenie nohami, aby som umožnila chrbtici vyniesť ruky hore. Keď […]
Pokračujem, napriek všetkému 0

Pokračujem, napriek všetkému

Umenia Taoist Tai Chi™ cvičím už niekoľko rokov. Skúsila som to na odporúčanie priateľky a stále to skúšam. Jednou z úžasných čŕt taoistického tai chi je, že to stále „skúšame“ a nikdy si nemôžeme povedať, stačí! Zvládnuté! Keď som bola začiatočníčka, krivka môjho učenia bola veľmi strmá; mám silnú stratu sluchu, ktorá spôsobuje, že učiť sa čokoľvek nové […]
Cítim sa ako kedysi 0

Cítim sa ako kedysi

Všimla som si, že keď cvičím šľachomenné pohyby, mám nasledujúci deň chuť vstať a cvičiť viac. Keď niektorý deň necvičím, mám menej energie zase sa k tomu vrátiť. Tento týždeň som sa pokúsila prinútiť radšej prestať cvičiť uprostred pohybu, keď som unavená, ako to siliť. Pokiaľ ide o zostavu, uvedomujem si stále väčšiu plynulosť spolu so zvyšujúcou […]
A journey starts with a single step…TRUST! 0

A journey starts with a single step…TRUST!

I’ve been doing Taoist Tai Chi for nearly 3 years and it’s the only thing I’ve found that really helps with my fibromyalgia symptoms, so during the pandemic it’s been important to keep up regular practice on my own. The weekly Zoom calls with my class have been very helpful with motivation to keep practising, […]
Reflections on practising alone together 1

Reflections on practising alone together

Going out to a Tai Chi class had been a staple of my weekly routine for so many years, I couldn’t imagine how it would feel without that physical link to the Society, the meeting with other members, and the practising together. I’ve always practised regularly at home, but I’ve now realised I’d been doing […]
More lockdown discoveries… 0

More lockdown discoveries…

I took part in the danyu challenge and did over 2,500. I really enjoyed doing it and all my aches and pains vanished. One night just after I had completed the challenge I tripped over my big labrador dog and fell flat on my face. I am 65. I lay a minute waiting to see […]
Chanting messages 1

Chanting messages

I would like to say a big „thank you“ for the Chanting sessions on Zoom.  My Tai Chi journey started in October 2018 when I went along to my first beginners class. I found it challenging to maintain my practice since the classes were paused.  I have had the time to be able to reflect […]
Finding direction in different ways 0

Finding direction in different ways

When you practice by yourself, there’s no-one else to rely on – you have to be your own instructor! My lovely instructors both said ‘Find a move or something to improve, and make it your Tai Chi Lockdown Challenge’! I decided that mine would be to learn the entire set!  Although I have been practicing for […]
Letting go…more 0

Letting go…more

As I practice during this lockdown I’ve learnt some amazing things. First, to let go, something I thought I had already achieved! Being told to self-isolate after returning home from Brazil, and then going into lockdown made me so very cross, as I had already been doing tai chi on my own for some time […]
The joy of self-discovery 0

The joy of self-discovery

The first 5 weeks of the dan yu challenge were particularly testing as I had sustained injuries to my left knee and left shoulder (unrelated to tai chi practice). I persevered with dan yus whilst trying to listen and feel what was happening. During week 6, whilst doing a Tai Chi set at home, I […]
Pain relief in isolation 0

Pain relief in isolation

Taoist Tai ChiTM arts – my saviour Being introduced to Tai Chi by a friend was the beginning of a very positive chapter of my life. Needing two hip replacements did not make it easy to exercise. However, with Tai Chi I found both a physical and mental improvement. The slow and intense movement helped me focus […]
Opportunity in Crisis 3

Opportunity in Crisis

During the early days of “Stay home, protect the NHS, Save lives” my feelings of concern, uncertainty and worry were quite strong (due to being categorized in a vulnerable group). However, I was very soon directed to the invitation to “do 50 dan yus a day for 50 days” which helped shift my focus and […]
Making the most of the isolation 3

Making the most of the isolation

I usually go in the garden and try to find a flat spot amidst the tussocks. I’m very careful to start in a good position, remembering how to stand and very important to be relaxed, body first and then quieting my mind. Sometimes I just stand and at others I do some foundations, again taking […]
Making room for practice 3

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 0

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 1

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 […]
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