Breathing Techniques: Am I Doing it Right?

Breathing Techniques: Am I Doing it Right?

I recently received this breathing question and I thought it was worth sharing with everyone here as a post. (Don’t forget, you can send me your practice questions!) I’m really confused! I took a Yang Style Tai Chi course and at the end of the class we would do Qigong. He said “We will do […]

Returning to an Old, Familiar Practice

Returning to an Old, Familiar Practice

It’s easy to get caught in a linear, progress-oriented way of thinking about your practice. What’s new? What can I learn next? Am I improving…all the time. You get so caught up in doing it right and refining every little detail that you can lose sight of the what’s really great about practice in the […]

Immersion Week 2014 Update

Immersion Week 2014 Update

Here’s a quick update on what we’ve been working on during Immersion Week 2014. I’m very impressed (and I say so in the video about 15 times!) with the way this group has patiently explored many different facets of the Swings and Spine Stretch without rushing ahead to try to fit seemingly contradictory pieces together […]

Gratitude for Immersive Learning

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Last night I taught my last two weekly classes at Brookline Tai Chi. Next month, I’ll be diving into a new intensive learning experience, building software applications and learning about the web from a depth I’ve only poked at up until now. (I have some really cool stuff planned for Immersion Week too, so I’m […]

Relaxing Your Feet to Find Your Root

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When you settle into your practice each day, you should always give yourself a couple of minutes to just feel and see where your body, your energy, and your awareness are. In one sense, each practice session is about bringing the rhythms of each of those into harmony. That’s why Tai Chi and qigong can […]

Tai Chi and Embodiment for Anxiety and Depression

Tai Chi and Embodiment for Anxiety and Depression

Last week I had the pleasure of recording a conversation with my friend and Tai Chi colleague Dorothy Fitzer. Drawing on her background in movement, energy arts, and psychotherapy, Dorothy has put together a very interesting group of practitioners from several different modalities to address the question of how embodiment practices can lead to nourishing, […]

Energy Gates Moving Exercises: Immersion Week 2014

Energy Gates Moving Exercises: Immersion Week 2014

I’m getting excited about Immersion Week at BTC next month, where we’ll take another look at the Spine Stretch and the Three Swings. Another look? Like we’ve done it before? Yes! Why is it exciting to go back to the same qigong sets over and over again? So-called creative people understand better than most that […]

Rhythm, Timing, and Intuition

Rhythm, Timing, and Intuition

Why is it that sometimes you feel confident, connected, and at ease and other times you get flustered, disoriented and nothing seems to come together? According to Greek poet Archilocus, “we don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.” Now does that mean that every possible situation […]

Don’t Dissolve Your Blockages

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That’s right, don’t dissolve blocked energy, tension, or contraction in your body….let it dissolve. Now, that might seem like a fine semantic distinction, but it captures an attitude towards practice that is essential for energetic resolution and finding deeper layers of the mind. Let your body relax. Let your chi sink through the structure of […]

Embrace the Cold to Feel Your Chi

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It’s been such a cold winter in the Northeastern US this year, that even Niagara Falls has frozen over. Every night, students come in to class shivering, that is, once they’ve resolved to venture out in the cold and the dark. And many haven’t even been up for that. Today I want to tell you […]