Category Archives: Things to “Power Up” (enhance) your tai chi

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Cool Down Naturally in Summer Heat with this DIY Herbal “Qi” Water

I remember studying with Master Jou Tsung Hwa at Tai Chi Farm outdoors almost every day, even in the extreme heat.  And as is  in most of China, on Tai Chi Farm we did not have air conditioning either.  So you can imagine how that felt on a hot, humid August day in lower New York…

How-To Tai Chi – Move from the Waist. But most don’t understand what this means!

Classic writings on tai chi tell us to relax and move from the waist. But most people don’t interpret “the waist” properly from the Chinese. This will mess up your tai chi! The tai chi waist, or “yao” refers to a very large area of the body – the lower transverse section of the abdomen….

“How to” Tai Chi or Qigong Clearing – The Overlooked Physical and Metaphysical Aspects

Tai chi exercises or qigong are often concluded with a “clearing” move by many masters.  Most people think of it as a way of calming down and sealing the energy.  Also, it gives a sense of closure. But there is SO much more you can get out of a clearing if you know the little…

Wearing Glasses or Bifocals Can Mess Up Your Tai Chi – Here’s How to Turn it Around and Make Progress Instead!

Think that a good pair of eyeglasses helps you learn tai chi better? Guess again! You may be surprised to know that simple things – like wearing bifocals or trifocals – can train your body and energy to cause more harm than good! Find out how Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook…

How to Add More Whole-Body Power to Your Tai Chi Opening Posture – Yang Tai Chi Example

Your tai chi is like garden soil – the more balanced nutrients it contains, the more nourishing will be your harvest. So learn ways to “power up” your tai chi so that you can get all the good health, wisdom, qi and self-defense (both physical and “psychic”) training from it that you possibly can! Below,…

4+ Tips to Easily Learn Tai Chi from Video or Tai Chi Book Sketches

Tai chi videos and tai chi books seem like good tools to help you learn. Sadly, the opposite often happens: people realize they can’t follow the videos/books, so they quit. This does not need to happen! I’m going to share with you, 4 tips on video, and one extra written tip at the end of…

Tai Chi How To: Knee Exercise to Quickly Release Knee Pain and Stiffness

Tai chi exercise is powerful way to gently release knee stiffness, knee pain and injury.  But as teaching was passed on in the Chinese healing arts & martial arts, many tai chi and qigong exercises got misunderstood or lost important details.  One misconception is that you need to “loosen the knees.” Bookmark on Delicious Digg…

How to Do a Tai Chi Twine Step – Too Many Get This Wrong. Do it right and get health & martial benefits.

Are you sure you’re doing your tai chi moves as best as possible?  Proper twine steps will load a tremendous amount of energy into your kua.  You can use that energy for effortless and speedy change of direction, invigorating and powerful tai chi kicks, or just absorb it into your body to enhance your qi….

Master Jou’s Secret of Tai Chi Flexibility – Multiple Health & Rejuvenation Benefits

Grandmaster Jou was famous for his uncanny youthfulness at an advanced age and after conquering a history of illness.  Here we go over his special daoyin taiji diagram stretch that he only taught in his chan si jin workshop.  This stretch works very fast to increase your leg flexibility and spinal health.  It also has…

In Tai Chi, Avoid the Misapplication of “Relax” (w/ video)

A typical tai chi class: the instructor admonishes his students, “Relax!”  They go ahead and do what they think is “relax.”  And here’s where the trouble begins. Ask a roomful of people what the opposite of tension is and you’ll get the unanimous reply, “Relaxation.”  At first consideration, this indeed makes sense.  But then ask…