What’s the difference between “internal” arts like taiji (tai-chi), and most other sports and body disciplines out there? What is so special about an exercise that most people associate with old age and a mind-numbing slow tempo? I’ll explain to you why taiji is so fantastic for your health and why both the young or old, strong or weak can benefit from it. Continue reading What Makes Taiji (tai-chi) Different?
There are at least 5 commonly recognized styles of taijiquan, and sometimes substyles of each of those. I’m a big fan of Chen style taiji, the original. In this article I’ll talk about and list the movements of the first form: ‘laojia’, from the lineage of 19th-generation successor Chen Qing Zhou. Continue reading Chen Style Taiji Old Frame, First Form
In this article I introduce you to one of the most all-around beneficial exercises that you can do. It is a form of qi gong called Standing pole, or just “standing” practice. I’ll give you some background about why its so good for you, and tell you how you can start practicing today! Continue reading How to do Standing Qigong
What is qigong (chi-gong)? Qi Gong roughly translates as energy exercise or breath exercise. Its used to refer to a wide variety of exercises including meditation, calisthenics, deep breathing, self-massage, dietetics, etc… The Chinese use of the word is a modern term for what was traditionally called yang sheng shu: the Art of Nourishing Life. Continue reading What is QiGong?