I'm fortunate to belong to several different communities of practice. The people who engage in these movement arts have inspiring stories and I want to share them with you.

Check out these posts below for some great advice on movement practice and when you're ready to tune up your own movement practice, be sure to visit the Get Moving page:

Your Answers to “What Does It Feel Like to Meditate?”

I want to thank everyone who took the time to answer this poll about meditation practice. You shared some really nice insights into what you experience and why you practice. In this post, I want to share some of the common themes and the particular language people used to express what happens in a typical […]

The Yin and Yang of Learning and Teaching the Internal Arts

Paul and Energy Arts Instructor Peter Jenkins

This is a guest post from my friend and fellow instructor, Paul Cavel. I asked Paul to talk a little bit about his experience teaching all over Europe and what he’s learned after nearly 20 years doing it. There are some great insights here about the internal energy arts that you can apply to your […]

How Dr. Mark Cheng is Bringing Tai Chi to the Fitness Community, Part 2

In part 1 of this interview, we talked to Dr. Mark Cheng about how his background as an acupuncturist, martial artist, strength coach and PhD in Chinese Medicine has shaped his point of view about the broader subject of fitness and wellness. Now he’s going to explain his thinking behind developing a project, called Tai […]

How Dr. Mark Cheng is Bringing Tai Chi to the Fitness Community, Part 1

Dr Mark Cheng performing Tai Chi

Dr. Mark Cheng compares learning Tai Chi to studying a well-cut diamond, and as you’ll see in the following conversation, his background as an acupuncturist, martial artist, strength coach and PhD in Chinese Medicine actually allows him to look at the broader subject of fitness and wellness in the same multi-faceted way. With the depth […]

Living between the Lab and the Classroom with Dr. Peter Wayne

Trained in Evolutionary Biology, Peter Wayne, Ph.D., has spent the last 12 years in medical research and more than 35 years studying and teaching Tai Chi. He now serves as Research Director for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine jointly based at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where a primary focus […]

The Man Who Did His Tai Chi Form 19,100 Times

Sandy Davis runs Resilience Works

I got an email the other day that was a little bit different than the usual requests for lessons. It read: “I learned the Short Form at Brookline Tai Chi under the tutelage of Bill Ryan back about 1996-1997. For seven years, I continued to do the short form three times every morning. Then for […]

Robert Tangora on the Importance of Integration in Tai Chi

I sat down with Robert Tangora to talk about his upcoming book on Tai Chi Cloud Hands when he was in Boston in October. When he discusses Tai Chi Cloud Hands, almost reverently, Robert explains it as a paradigm for understanding the complete art of Tai Chi, and also as a way to bring each […]

Flow and Stabilizing the Mind with Craig Barnes

Craig Barnes doing Dragon and Tiger Qigong

Stability and flow seem to be at odds with each other. Stability can mean rigidity, or at least, it seems to conjure up something fixed, sturdy, and unmoving. Flow isn’t any of those things. It’s fluid and changing. So how does Energy Arts Senior Instructor Craig Barnes blend the two so seamlessly?

Kilimanjaro Made Easy

Z-Health Master Trainer Jen Waak is a self-described “recovering management consultant”. These days, she helps other “Keyboard Athletes” improve and maintain their bodies and stay healthy even when they’re stuck behind a desk all day. What surprised me about reading Jen’s advice on “what you should do at your desk”, was that it sounded a […]

How Breathing, Qigong, and Meditation Improve Quality of Life

I asked my friend and fellow qigong practitioner Catherine Chenoweth to talk a little bit about her experience using qigong to manage a chronic health condition. Here’s what she had to say: