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, healing, and even transformative experiences.
Of course, I was thrilled to make the case that this is at the core of so much of what we do in Tai Chi.
I’m very excited to share some news about two big projects with you today: Brookline Tai Chi’s annual Immersion Week and the publication of the Tai Chi Way to Better Balance as a physical book.
Join me from Tuesday, April 22 - Friday, April 25 at Brookline Tai Chi in Boston for Energy Gates Moving Qigong Exercises. Times, cost, and registration details in the link.
The Tai Chi Way to Better Balance is now available for purchase on Amazon, but you can also get your copy of the physical book directly from the publisher.
Join Tai Chi Master-Instructor Don Ethan Miller in a ground-breaking new program to increase your physical stability and overall well-being: The Tai Chi Way to Better Balance DVD.
Each exercise and key Tai Chi concept is explained in detail and organized in a safe, easy-to-follow progression of levels.
By practicing the 3 Levels of Tai Chi Balance Training, you will soon embody the Tai Chi principles of Rooting, Central Equilibrium, and Yin-Yang Balance, through such ancient exercises as:
It looks like Energy Arts is releasing another set of The Tai Chi Mastery Program. This is a short message to those of you who have the program sitting on your bookshelf, collecting dust, or still pristinely packaged: Let’s open it up and get to work!
Now, if you’re not familiar with this program, take a look at this:
That’s a lot of DVDs!
What’s Inside The Tai Chi Mastery Program?
Recently, the question of “should I rotate my spine in Tai Chi” has come up frequently and led to a lot of confusion with some of our students.
We are told to maintain the “Four Points” - a sort of internal frame that runs between the shoulders and the hips, forming a box that keeps the spine from rotating or side bending while you practice Tai Chi.
Some people hear this rule and think, “
Checking in with one of my favorite sculptures at the Art Institute
I was thrilled to be able to share a weekend of Tai Chi in Chicago earlier this month, thanks to Energy Arts Instructor Chris Cinnamon and his students at Enso Tai Chi.
Chris just posted an incredibly detailed report summarizing the workshop here.
If you read between the lines a little bit, you can come up with some great ways to structure your own practice.
Inspiration for Rooting and Lengthening in Chicago
On November 9, I’ll be teaching a seminar for my friend Chris Cinnamon at Enso Tai Chi (registration details here).
This year we’ll continue the “Put More Chi in Your Tai Chi” theme that we started last year by focusing on Tai Chi Rooting, Sinking Chi, Dissolving, and more.
The goal is to give everyone a clear sense of how nourishing it can be to find your root and feed it through solo exercises and interactive partner practice.
When you read the Tai Chi Classics and look at photos of the old masters, everything looks graceful, flowing, and full of life.
The problem is, your daily practice can be full of aches, pains, kinks, binds and the feeling that you’re never really going to get it.
There is a lot of territory between, “oh man, it hurts, I’ll never get past it” and “be still like a mountain, flowing like a great river”