Category Archives: exercise

“Ten thousand times and much more slowly”

“Ten thousand times and much more slowly.” These are the words of my qigong and T’ai chi teacher. It is often the intent of exercise in our culture to work quickly, working up a sweat, getting the heart rate to speed … Continue reading

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The hardest qigong and t’ai chi posture

There’s a woman in my qigong and t’ai chi class who usually drives me crazy. Every time she comes into the class she goes straight to the temperature control to make sure the room is warm enough for her which is way … Continue reading

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Stretching

At T’ai chi overlooking the lake very, very early this morning (hence the very long shadow above), I wondered how one could ever master this intricate and precise form of exercise. Indeed, it is stretching the core of my very being, … Continue reading

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Sinking my teeth into t’ai chi

I was late to t’ai chi today, missing the warm-up. First I had misplaced my keys and spent some time searching for them. (They were underneath the magazine I was reading last night.) When I had driven practically the whole way … Continue reading

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10,000 more times

I have to admit that doing t’ai chi (translated as “infinity”) outdoors is sublime. While you are concentrating on the various movements and the graceful transitions between them, there is a piece of your awareness that is also whirling in the nature around you. … Continue reading

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Existence Before Heaven and Earth

This morning I started my first Tai Chi class on a misty beach, moving through the first form —Existence Before Heaven and Earth— breathing and moving to the rhythmic sound of the waves, while seven geese floated across the horizon. … Continue reading

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Dragon Flies throughout the Heavens

It happened right during Dragon Flies Throughout the Heavens, right at the end of the form and just before relaxation. My eyes were tearing. I guess I was crying. It was like an obstruction or a locked gate or a solid … Continue reading

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