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My Journey in Taoist Tai Chi® Arts

My Journey in Taoist Tai Chi® Arts

I love to run, and have participated in many marathons including a trip up Mount Kilimanjaro and a trek along the Inca Trail. I decided to sign up for Taoist Tai Chi® arts to help me become a better runner. A few years back, I started to experience breathing problems while running. No specialists or […]
Powerful Effects of Chanting

Powerful Effects of Chanting

Taoist Tai Chi® practice helps us gain flexibility, not only physically, but also in our thinking. This has been invaluable for deeply appreciating the silver lining in the unexpected circumstances 2020 brought our way. In the before-times, it often seemed that other obligations would limit time available for my personal practice, and goals such as […]
Self-Practice is Self-Care

Self-Practice is Self-Care

Self-practice has been a struggle for me. My husband spent eight weeks in hospital after February 29th, and passed away in early May. During that time my focus was on him, not myself. I have found the chanting and Zoom meetings invaluable to my mental health. Not only are they very educational, they also make […]
Zoom Meeting Life #134

Zoom Meeting Life #134

Malgré la pandémie les participants de l’Institut de taoïsme Fung Loy Kok, nous nous rencontrons à quelques reprises en visioconférence durant la semaine. Nous échangeons alors sur différents aspects de la tradition taoïste et de notre entraînement. Je réalise qu’avec les mouvements de l’enchaînement l’ensemble occasionne une belle et riche pratique Tai Chi Taoïste® hebdomadaire. […]
Taoist Tai Chi® Arts a Blessing at This Time

Taoist Tai Chi® Arts a Blessing at This Time

  I damaged my shoulder a couple of weeks ago and have been in constant pain since, limiting my practise somewhat. This morning, a few minutes into chanting the Northern Dipper sutra, the throbbing stopped and has remained quiet since.   This pandemic time has been a blessing to me, helping me to further develop […]
Taoist Tai Chi® Practice and Breast Cancer

Taoist Tai Chi® Practice and Breast Cancer

Pain Relief: Caring for Ourselves, Caring for Others   I have had breast cancer twice, once before I began my Taoist Tai Chi® practice and once after. The first time I had difficulty with tightness, and range of motion. The second time my practice kept me supple and limber, and I felt strong, vital, alive […]
Mastectomy and Taoist Tai Chi® Arts

Mastectomy and Taoist Tai Chi® Arts

Pain Relief: Caring for Ourselves, Caring for Others Recovering from a mastectomy, Taoist Tai Chi® arts helped me move! They reduced my pain, calmed my stress, opened my chest which helped with the scar tissue, and built my strength to deal with the challenge. This is not just about your cancer, it is about your […]
Taoist Tai Chi® Arts: A Precious Gift

Taoist Tai Chi® Arts: A Precious Gift

I leave home, my husband driving me to the International Centre in Orangeville, for my ongoing stay four to five days per week. I arrive at the Centre, unpack, and settle in, already feeling a sense of peace and stillness envelop me. I help by opening some of the temples and this has a way […]
Happiness in the Just Doing

Happiness in the Just Doing

    I find myself settling into a nice quiet routine.  I have always brought so much effort, energy, intention, whatever into my Taoist Arts® practice — and it wasn’t fulfilling anymore.   This period of isolation has taken me through so many encounters with my inner Self, and I find myself just letting go of […]
Feeling the Daily Practice

Feeling the Daily Practice

  My daily practice of Taoist Tai Chi® arts started in earnest some years ago with a danyu challenge. I added two sets of 108 movements soon after classes were suspended.  I always tracked the numbers of danyus and sets on my calendar. I know the practice benefits me in so many ways including helping […]
Growing Appreciation for Daily Self-Practice

Growing Appreciation for Daily Self-Practice

Each day I practice Taoist Tai Chi® arts it feels like I have taken a mini-vacation. When I do one or two sets daily, stress is released and my mind, body and spirit become relaxed. I have also recognized how daily practice of the dan yu increases my heart rate and circulation. I have grown to […]
Personal Practice: Playing and Relaxation

Personal Practice: Playing and Relaxation

  Covid isolation has brought me to a place of being more present, slowing down, paying attention.  This extends to the Taoist Tai Chi® arts where it actually has become playing.  Finding my balance, exploring the move.  Sometimes feeling a drop, a relax, a resting place and just as I settle in, the shift begins, […]
Reflecting on the Strength of Our Organization

Reflecting on the Strength of Our Organization

I reflect on Master Moy’s words quoted on the home page of the website: “We are not learning taijiquan, or the Tai Chi Boxing set; we are learning Tai Chi, the Grand Ultimate…” So we are not learning an exercise form or a competitive form.  We are learning “Tai Chi, the Grand Ultimate.” As a […]
Calming in These Difficult Times

Calming in These Difficult Times

My practice during the past few months has allowed me to more fully experience ‘letting go’ and enabled me to concentrate on the feeling rather than the form. It has been very calming and keeps me grounded in these strange times. -Carol, British Columbia *** When the pandemic hit, so many of my activities were […]
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