Connecting movements in tai chi & qigong. Sitting back. Moving your energy. Try jumping!
This is easily tested: Try jumping off the floor, but before doing so, hunch your shoulders firmly up by your ears and leave them there whilst jumping. You can still do the jump, but it’s not nearly so effective. Then try doing the same but relax your shoulders.
We do this every time we walk: When placing a foot ahead of us to walk and moving the weight on to it, the pelvis sinks into
What is ‘listening’ in tai chi & qigong? Ideally, listening is very light; it is being able to sense and respond to the gentlest of touches. If the pressure of one hair were placed against your skin, you would feel its direction and give way. Setting up how to feel it…
Listening is most easily felt when you are working with a partner, but in a different way it also applies to solo tai chi practice.
To feel it, it is necessary to have a partner to help you:-
1) Hold your a
Who practises? Your ‘norm’.
By this I mean the way that you usually make your body move, sit, stand, function. This is the way that your habits of, for example, tensing one muscle unnecessarily when using another, are constantly repeated, so much so that it feels strange when you break the habit – the most common of these probably being the way that we use our shoulders, or our lower backs.
Practising will have effect of your ‘owning’ the new way of using your body; it’s t
Revolving doors work because they have perfect central equilibrium, and therefore use minimum energy. In movement, we are aiming, as far as possible, to emulate that feeling, noticing that when one side of us turns one way, the other side turns the other way, and that each side of us is perfectly balanced. In other words, we are trying to feel the whole of our personal universe revolving in space whilst being subject to gravity. “For every action there is …” Getting it.
When speaking, you speak in phrases.
If you take a phrase like, “Don’t you know what I want?”, by putting the stress on different words, it starts to take on different meanings – in fact you can repeat that 6 word question 6 times, stressing a different word each time, and you have 6 slightly different sentences. The same has to be true for other aspects of our lives, speech is not the only way of expressing ourselves. Artists, dancers and craftsmen have their wa
There are many reasons for stress. What stresses one person might to another be a positive drive to action. And after the emergency…
The problems begin when the sympathetic nervous system, having dealt with the emergency, doesn’t settle down again and continues to over-function; this could be because of problems at work, at home, or with life generally. When this happens, the ‘temporary’ boost of glucose and the shutting down of part of your system becomes more th
Further to the previous blog…
“Song Yao” = Release the waist (see previous blog on ‘Song’).
“Kai Kua” = Open the Kua, or inguinal region on the front of the pelvis. Open the knees (or Kua).
The under-rotation of the pelvis cannot work very effectively without the Kua opening. This is easy to feel if you try the opposite… Try tucking the tip of your tailbone (coccyx) further under, but simultaneously squeeze your knees together.
Once you’ve felt how awkward that is, you k
The smallest movement is the strongest. Needless to say (perhaps), the hub is your centre, (your dantien, your core), the spokes are your limbs. When you move your body, this is the part of you that you should feel moving first. As a beginner it’s all too easy to get distracted by what your arms and legs are doing, but actually it’s much easier to do tai chi if you make the centre direct and control all of your movements. How do you become aware of this?
1) Stand with your
… or to put it another way, if something around me changes, I need to change as well. Change
By and large we don’t like change, unless we consider it to be positive. Change is worrying for It’s making your relationships work; it’s getting what you need out of your work; it’s about not being stressed by events; it’s about coming to terms with change, even when the change isn’t what you’d hoped for; and, not very surprisingly as this is about tai chi & qigong, it’s also doing