“Newly published research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (2015), conducted by Dr. Yi-Wen Chen and colleagues at the Department of Physical Therapy, University of British Columbia, Canada, found that tai chi can be beneficial to people suffering with chronic illnesses.”
This site is always cluttered with Ads but the story is a good one and the research is new and insightful.
Tai Chi really is “the perfect exercise.”
Actually that reminds me a story one of my tai chi students told last night at class. He had seen his medic for a regular (I think) check up and the guy mentioned that my student was in the best shape since they had met. The medical doctor asked what he had been doing and gave a little demo, then the medical doctor said, “it looks like the perfect exercise.” Right on! Class starts Monday night, 7 p.m. at Peak Health & Fitness on the corner of Hewitt and Rucker in downtown Everett. The fee is only $10!
This article talks about both Tai Chi and Meditation putting them in the same scale of revelation as the earth isn’t flat. Check it out if you need more evidence. If you already know that the earth is not flat it isn’t quite so important.
I started this Blog in December, 2005 for the benefit of patients, and others, who want help with health-related decisions. In pure permaculture fashion it simultaneously serves many purposes but, mostly, it’s a resource. It’s not all good, but some of it is great – and it’s usually easy to tell the difference (sometimes I am lazy; some days are better than others:-)
This Blog is a way to share what I’ve learned in over 40 years as a health nut and fitness fanatic, over 30 years as a Chiropractor, and over 20 years as a Tai chi guy. As an athlete since age 11, I know a little about sports injuries; as a chiropractor for over 30 years I know a little about pain and injury, relief, rehab, recovery – and prevention. And as a Tai chi guy I have learned a lot about putting all of that (and much more) together in a way that makes the whole greater than the sum of all the parts.
So on this, the 900th Post, I write to remind you that a simple search (just type the word in the search box to the right) of any one of the following terms or phrases will pull up a list of Posts on the subject. Scroll down the list of Posts to find the one that targets your interest, or read them all to get a fuller picture.
One feature that, so far, has never been used to full advantage is the Comments function. Use it if you want to give feedback (they all get sent to my email) or if you want the subject of that Post to be part of a conversation back and forth (you might have a question).
Here is a list of search terms that you might find productive:
forward head posture
bending and lifting
blue green algae
Here is a Donna Eden (author of Energy Medicine) trick that will help. Here her daughter is showing you how to do it while standing on a street corner in New York, demonstrating that (obviously) you can do it pretty much any where any time.
Like most of the Energy work (Qi Gong, Tai Chi or otherwise), I didn’t feel much of anything at first, even though Donna says you should. (It took me three months of daily practice of the 5-Minute Energy Routine before I felt the slightest effect. Now it’s almost instantaneous!)
Anyway, in my case, I did the above “Oh my God” points thing and felt nothing. Then one day while lying on the couch watching TV, I propped up my hands in position and my finds where they go, and I just left them there. After a while (I don’t know how long, it was many minutes.) there was the BOOM BOOM BOOM of a pulse under my fingers. The left and right pulses were not in synch but I waited and eventually they synched up.
It was cool. Was I less stressed? I don’t remember being stressed. I did it for the happy chemicals:-)
These demos always move too fast, but try to stay with him and view it more than once if you need to.
They may: Lower High Blood Pressure; help your diabetes; reduce insomnia, reduce anxiety, improve heart health, and more …
(Borrowed from the World Tai Chi & Chi Gong site, which borrowed them from someone else:-)
In the Tai Chi Hand Form, we start with Tai chi At Rest. This pose, or posture or Style as it’s called, is a standing meditation that can be held for an indefinite period. It’s the predatory, transitional time where we get centered, grounded and “mindful”. Held for longer periods the meditative effect accrues.
Of course few people take the opportunity to benefit from spending much time in this Style… We all move on the the rest of the Form – this is just the start. It is the start, the start to a magnificent journey. It’s also a place to stay. Here is a report of a recent study talking about the benefits of mindful meditation.
It’s funny, I looked on my own computer and searched Google for a photo of Tai Chi At Rest and didn’t find a single one… It’s a Style that is all about stillness, so… I guess it’s less photogenic. I will take care of that some time and Post it here later…
Incidentally this is the Posture that teaches alignment (standing up straight), breathing, relaxation and centering your mind (on your breath is a good place to start). Here you learn about neutral spine, the all important alignment that is essential in bending and lifting. (Read: It’s actually very very important!)
It is here that we first experience letting go of the unnecessary tensions in the body and appreciate what it FEELS like to really relax. And in our daily Tai chi practice it is all of this that attempt carry throughout the rest of the Form and all other aspects of our Tai chi work. No small feat!
Like every other little tiny aspect of Tai chi, you could write a book about just this Style.
In my own practice, and in an effect not to short change this Style, I take three breaths in this Style, with my eyes closed. Shifting to the Tai Chi Ready Style, we simply drop our hands down – as I do that I open my eyes.
Then it’s on to Tai Chi Beginning Style (you can see why those first two Styles are so easily over looked:-)
Wednesday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m.
Old Spaghetti Factory in Lynnwood on 196th
Thursday, May 29th at 6:30 p.m.
DeVry University in Lynnwood,
across from the Enagic main office
Thursday June, 5th
Everett Chiropractic Center
8625 Evergreen Way, #210
Everett, WA 98208
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