Tag Archives: Qigong

Drunken Tai Chi

Yesterday in my tai chi class our teacher was telling a story about her teacher who liked to drink wine and was quite the connoisseur. She said he loved to meticulously pore over a wine encyclopedia when he was not … Continue reading

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100 days to reach enlightenment!

  Today in Tai Chi class our teacher taught us “Swimming Dragon.” “You do this nine times a day for 100 days in a row and you will reach enlightenment,” she said. “If you do this exercise for nine times … Continue reading

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“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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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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White Crane

Today in Qigong class, our teacher explained the eighth treasure of the form, the white crane series. This series of exercises, she said, stimulated the kidneys which is the center for health and longevity and for which the white crane … Continue reading

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Melting at Qigong

Out of the window today at Qigong, the ice was melting. Rapidly. The long frozen needles representing the past months of bitter winter were succumbing to the brilliant sunshine. Inside too, my muscles were softening and thawing to the loosened … Continue reading

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