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L’équilibre / Balance

L’équilibre / Balance

Parmi trois des grandes passions qui me procurent joie, quiétude et réconfort, les arts Tai Chi TaoïsteⓇ offrent quelque chose de supplémentaire. C’est la communauté de participants, l’ingrédient important qui m’apporte l’équilibre. Among the three great passions that give me joy, quietness and comfort, Taoist Tai ChiⓇ arts offer something extra. It is the community […]
Darkness and Light

Darkness and Light

Out of darkness comes light:  If the quarantine, lockdown or isolation due to Covid-19 is the darkness, then the light is the cultivation and growth of my personal practice of the Taoist Tai ChiⓇ arts. While our in-person sessions are on hold, the continued urging by the leadership of Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism […]
Quietude

Quietude

J’ai besoin de quiétude, d’harmonie pour que les changements se produisent à l’intérieur de mon être. Mon corps se prédispose alors à recevoir de nouvelles consignes, de nouvelles directions, pour enregistrer le mouvement, la sensation, le changement intérieur.   I have calm and a feeling of harmony to allow changes to take place within me. […]
Increased Energy

Increased Energy

I take prescription medication that suppresses central nervous system activity, making it hard for me to get up in the morning. In BC, the online chanting and Board of Directors discussions take place on Saturday mornings at 6:30 am. When the suspension of in-person activities happened, I was excited to have the opportunity to chant […]
Working in Harmony

Working in Harmony

“When I’m playing, everything is working in harmony. Mind, body, music. Harmony and dissonance are so important in music. Taoist Tai Chi® practice has enriched my idea of harmony and everything working together. I can feel when it’s all coming together.” ~Oren
Joy in Music

Joy in Music

Before doing Taoist Tai Chi® arts I played the violin by deciding how I wanted the music to sound.  I added a lot of ornamentation on top of the melody, which didn’t always follow the underlying form.  The effort to make the music sound a certain way would often lead to neck and shoulder stiffness. […]
Refuge

Refuge

Le temps passe, la pratique persiste et s’adapte à mes besoins changeants.Un mouvement pour apaiser mon esprit lorsqu’il est agitéUn mouvement pour l’énergiser et le clarifier Un mouvement pour m’enraciner et trouver mon équilibreUn mouvement pour développer ma force et mon alignementUn autre pour me contacter profondément, dans la douceur.Les mouvements du corps, du coeur et […]
My Reflections

My Reflections

Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2020. Participants were encouraged to think about 50 reasons for practicing Taoist Tai Chi® arts. As I reflect on my years of Taoist Tai Chi® practice, physical benefits such as better balance and strength come to my mind. I am still quite flexible despite […]
Moving through PTSD and grief

Moving through PTSD and grief

I began my Taoist Tai Chi® practice just over a year ago at one of the most challenging times in my life. I was grieving the loss of my Mom. I was experiencing symptoms of PTSD that caused me to wake up gasping and anxious, so I was not sleeping much at all.    A […]
Turning around PTSD

Turning around PTSD

How does one begin to recover peace of mind following traumatic life experiences? Tom’s story includes a military tour in Vietnam which left him with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a diagnosis of cancer from exposure to Agent Orange. He discovered that with Taoist Tai Chi® arts, turning around PTSD is indeed possible. Tom tells […]
Serenity

Serenity

Au moment où toutes les classes ont été interrompues, nos directeurs ont été rassurants avec des consignes simples et nous ont offert l’opportunité de pratiquer le chanting.  J’ai voulu en découvrir les bienfaits.  Après quelques semaines, à ma grande surprise, aux bienfaits physiques (posture, concentration, voix plus forte), s’est ajoutée la joie de chanter pour […]
Peace of Mind

Peace of Mind

La quiétude n’est pas facile à atteindre pour moi. La pratique Tai Chi Taoïste® et le lâcher prise m’aident à y avoir accès et à l’intégrer en profondeur. Attaining peace of mind is not easy for me. Taoist Tai Chi® practice and letting go help me to access and integrate it more deeply.~Christine
Trust yourself and just Do

Trust yourself and just Do

Taoist Tai Chi® practice is just so part of my life that it affects everything, including my art. I think creativity requires an openness, and this practice develops the strength and balance for openness, both physically and mentally. The practice helps clear my mind, helps stop worrying and calms me physically and mentally so that I […]
Connection

Connection

La pratique Tai Chi Taoiste® relieJe sens qu’elle crée un pont dans mon corpsOù commence mon bras ? où finit-il?Un pont entre mes os, mes tendons, mes fascias… entre mes pieds et mes mainsEntre mon corps, mon coeur et mon espritEntre les principes féminins et masculins qui m’habitentEntre le Yin et le YangEntre la terre […]
My Practice is my Medication

My Practice is my Medication

J’ai dépassé et transformé l’anxiété et les crises paniques avec le meilleur médicament qui soit : les arts Tai Chi Taoïste®.  Il y a longtemps, à la suite d’un diagnostic d’anxiété et trouble panique, mon médecin m’avait prescrit de la médication. Après un an de pratique de Tai Chi Taoïste® j’étais en mesure de cesser la médication. […]
World MS Day

World MS Day

I have MS and was getting petrifying attacks of paralysis. Within four months of beginning Taoist Tai Chi® arts, I could move again and my balance had improved. Taoist Tai Chi® practice is the greatest thing you can do for yourself. ~Sylvia
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