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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 […]
Release of Stress, Peace and Ease through Practice

Release of Stress, Peace and Ease through Practice

I have become more interested in the internal alchemy and have been reading The Path of Dual Cultivation. I am noticing the feelings in my body, the release of stress, and allowing things to come to me without expectation. -Pearl, British Columbia *** I have a mood disorder for which I take medication.  I find […]
Remembering to Let Go

Remembering to Let Go

When the coronavirus pandemic caused the lockdown, we were asked to stay strong and keep practicing Taoist Tai Chi® arts.  I did one or two sets daily, but this felt incomplete. Then Saturday morning chanting was introduced. Initially, I didn’t think I could do it. I got lost in the words and almost gave up. […]
Practicing Stillness: Stories #11

Practicing Stillness: Stories #11

A part of my Taoist Tai Chi® practice right from the start has been done in the kitchen. My Beginning Instructor encouraged us to do don-yus while waiting for the kettle to boil. I thought about her words for probably ten years, always in my ears every time I entered the kitchen, but I don’t […]
Profound Stillness

Profound Stillness

In the afternoons I often go out to a large grassy field where I have room to do sets and long uninterrupted rows of a move. However the mainstay of my individual practice is dan yus and tor yus each morning in my tiny kitchen where I can use the lines on the floor to […]
Discovering Joy and Connection

Discovering Joy and Connection

Before classes were suspended in early March, it had been difficult for me to establish a daily practice. However, I am finding now that it is not a struggle to practice daily; instead I feel such joy and peace in the movements. I am noticing my spine, my tailbone, I feel my arms responding to […]
Healing with the Taoist Tai Chi® Arts

Healing with the Taoist Tai Chi® Arts

When I started the Taoist Tai Chi® arts four years ago, my knees were sore on occasion especially if I tried to kneel down.  Gradually, as I came to class twice a week at the beginning and learned the movements in the set, my knees improved and I happily added an extra class to my week. […]
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