Winter Solstice Meditation

Cultivate Yin Energy During Winter Solstice! I am passing on this advice from Michael Winn regarding one of the best times to practice to celebrate the Winter Solstice. It’s that time of the year again, for those living on the northern half of the planet: long nights, darkness expanding to its maximum. A six month […]

Method to Improve Meditation

Here is a very simple technique to improve meditation courtesy of Yang-Sheng.com. Training Tips for Going Deeper Into Tranquility by Yang Yang, Ph.D.   Taiji insights sometimes come from unexpected places.  It happened to me earlier this year on a visit back home to Illinois. The occasion was a conversation with a good friend who […]

Courage

Courage It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. ~Alan Cohen  

Become Happier through Meditation

Meditation…Happiness is a state of mind; therefore, the real source of happiness lies in the mind and soul, not in external circumstances Become Happier through Meditation on Inner Joys Kevin W Chen, Ph.D. MPH We all want to be happy!  Pursuit of happiness is everyone’s right and probably the optimal life goal.  However, in terms […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

The first stage in developing a good Qigong practice

Qigong Practice The first stage in developing a qigong practice is the ignition in the lower dan tien area (lower abdomen). First we start the ignition with strong fire. By strong fire we mean that we use strong intention and also synchronize the visualization with breathing. Our intention is fire. Our intention comes from our […]

Why Standing Meditation – Yang Yang

Why do we do standing meditation (standing wuji)? This is one of the most frequently asked questions, and it comes both from beginners as well as long time Taiji form practitioners. Standing meditation is strength training to your legs while you bend your knees and flex your hip joints slightly (i.e. sink into the “kua”). […]