I find there is so much more. Practicing alone in my apartment, I have been trying to follow the instructions “…to use this time as an opportunity to practice stillness and to deepen your individual practice wherever you are. Keep practicing…”. I don’t need to go looking for anything. It’s like it was always there. It is difficult to put this experience into words, but I feel there is more clarity and a place of resting in my practice. I let go of the worrying about whether my understanding of the movements is right or wrong.
-Lin, British Columbia
During our COVID-19 ‘vacation’ from classes, my personal practice has blossomed. Each morning contains a stretchy slo-o-ow 108-move and Lok Hup set. My hip alignment in the forward toryu position has been a bit wonky for years so I focus on correcting that in both sets. After noticing slightly overturned shoulders at times, I’m being more precise about overall alignment in every movement while my spine stretches. I’m also a month into 50 danyus per day for 50 days as of late April. Fruit from the blossoms includes disappeared sciatica-related twinges in the hips. And I seem to be breathing more deeply during daily walks…while maintaining physical distancing. Effortless good posture too. Thank you, Master Moy!
My cat Pipin has taken to swirling around my legs during the first moves of the set!
I’ve always enjoyed Taoist Tai Chi® practice outside and am grateful that now I have more time. Early morning is especially nice when there is no wind and the birds are singing. This sets me up well for the day!
-Debbie, British Columbia
I am very much appreciating the Zoom chanting sessions. I have in the last few years become more interested in chanting at the Pacific Region Centre. I have been interested in the historical and the more spiritual aspect, the group dynamics, postural implications, the balance and stillness, the deeper respiration and the vibration occurring internally. However, I have never, until these Zoom sessions, thought about ‘Chanting for the World’ so that has added a whole new dimension which I very much appreciate.
-Marilyn, British Columbia