Tag Archives: Tai Chi

Starting in Wuji- complete emptiness

At the beginning of each TaiChi class, we do a short standing meditation. Our instructor says, “Starting in Wuji- complete emptiness.” Physically this means that our tongue is off the palate, our sacrum is slightly tucked in, our chin is slightly … Continue reading

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That is enough

Today we ended Tai Chi class by doing the Six Healing Sounds. Connected with simple movements, these sounds are intended to rid the body of negative emotions and energies and to replace those energies with positive ones. When one participates … Continue reading

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Ninja

Whenever I give students a break during class or sometimes even before class begins, a group of kids, mostly boys, play a game they call Ninja. They stand in a circle or a loose circular clump and strike a stationary … Continue reading

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Orchids and Tai Chi

Yesterday I went to an orchid sale at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. It was at the closing of their annual orchid show and all plants (with a few exceptions) were $10 each. We stood in long lines, there was quite … Continue reading

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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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T’ai Chi on a bed of roses

There were rose petals all around. My guess— the floral remains of a weekend wedding or at the very least, of a weekend photo shoot for a wedding. Someone said they saw a ribbon adorned with small pearls laying about … Continue reading

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Reverse the movements

For the past year I have been learning a Tai Chi form created by the Ni family, the Harmony T’ai Chi short form (originally the Integral Way spiritual tradition of ancient China). I have been doing this form, which includes … Continue reading

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