The 8th Pillar for Supporting Meditation Techniques

Ignore If you have been following along as I have been introducing the 9 Essential Pillars for supporting mind-body forms and meditation techniques, you may be wondering why  “ignore” would follow the concept “focus”.  Hopefully you will have a clear understanding once you have finished reading the next few short paragraphs. As I mentioned with […]

The 7th Pillar for Supporting your Tai Chi Form

Focus We have arrived at the 7th pillar that is needed to support a powerful mind-body practice, such as doing a Tai Chi form.  I hope that you have found the previous 6 pillars to be informative and that you have gained some small insight into the basic principles behind making a Tai Chi form, […]

The Sixth Pillar for Supporting your Mind-Body Routine

Expand The fifth pillar leads us nicely into the sixth concept to embrace for solidifying a powerful mind-body routine.  It is the idea of expansion, which I touched on briefly when I spoke about being open. Openness begins the process of expansion throughout the body both internally and externally.  As you relax and the joints begin to open, you […]

The Fifth Pillar for Supporting Your Qigong Routine

Open The fifth pillar to help support and nourish your tai chi or qigong routine is “open”.  In order for the Qi to flow and for your joints to be healthy, you must learn to open and create space. No matter what form you are practicing or position you are holding there should always be […]

The Fourth Pillar for Supporting your Mind-Body Practice

Center The fourth pillar for supporting a meaningful mind-body practice is “center”.  Physically it is important to make sure you are centered in your stance.  If you do not have regular contact with an instructor who can point out imbalances, it is a good idea to assess your posture in a mirror from time-to-time.  This […]

The Third Pillar for supporting a Tai Chi, Qigong, or Meditation Practice

Tranquil The third concept to keep in mind for developing a deeply powerful Tai Chi, Qigong, or meditation practice is “tranquil”. The defintion of “tranquil” according to Merriam Webster is a : free from agitation of mind or spirit <a tranquil self-assurance> b : free from disturbance or turmoil <a tranquil scene> : unvarying in […]

The Second Pillar for a Successful Qigong or Tai Chi Practice

ALIGN The second concept to keep in mind for establishing a solid and powerful Qigong or Tai Chi Practice is “align”.  It is very important to understand the proper alignments of each posture whether it be standing, seated, or even lying down. Improper alignment can actually do more harm than good by putting unnecessary strain […]

The First Pillar for a Successful Tai Chi or Qigong Practice

UPRIGHT The first concept to keep in mind for establishing and maintaining a deep Tai Chi or Qigong practice is “upright”. Upright actually has two meanings as it applies to the establishment of a powerful and meaningful Tai Chi or Qigong practice. The first and simplest meaning pertains to the posture that should be established […]

Nine Pillars for a Successful Qigong or Tai Chi Practice

Over the next nine days I will be discussing what I feel are nine key concepts to keep in mind for establishing a deep and meaningful Qigong or Tai Chi practice.  I like to think of these concepts as the “9 Pillars” as each one is necessary in order to provide the support necessary to […]

Relaxation Technique

Here is an excellent relaxation technique you can use if you have are having trouble falling asleep, feeling stressed out, or just want to tune in more closely to your own body to search for stress. Relaxation Technique Lie down on the floor with your hands at your sides Imagine that you are laying on […]