Some years ago my teacher Karel Koskuba told me to practice slowly and to notice the feelings in my body – needless to say I understood the words – but crucially not the meaning – I did not truly understand.

So I am delighted that now I think I do – in a sort of “ah so that is what he meant” sort of way.

Consequently I am encouraging my students to look for opportunities to sink and to stretch in a slow and very relaxed way.

Hi – I have just heard that my class at the Swiss Garden has been cancelled – so I will be at the STMA doing a free class as usual from 9.00am.

Classes at the STMA

17/07/2020

Class update re the STMA – I will be there this Sunday 19 but not next Thurs 23.

Then I will be there Sunday 26th and Thurs 30th.

I am awaiting confirmation that we can hold a class at the Community Hall on the evening of Aug 2nd – if not then I will be at the STMA as usual

I will be teaching at the Swiss Garden on Thurs 6th from 9.00 to 10.00 am – all welcome to come – please contact the Swiss Garden to book – so I will not be at the STMA

 

It occurs to me that the learning which takes place in a class is very different to that which we experience practicing alone – both are important but we tend to prioritise the class or one to one tutorial because we see that as a “proper learning” environment – after all if we are being taught then that means we must be learning – right?

Not necessarily – practising alone for long periods – that is the “in the wilderness” part – is vital to allow our subconscious body/mind to sort out the pieces and to develop new patterns in a kind of meditation – making sense of what we already know without the confusion of taking in new material all the time. It allows us to consolidate everything we have learned to date and understand the truth of that old saying that ” the whole is greater than the sum of  its parts”

This lockdown has enforced a period in the wilderness for all of us – and I for one have found it beneficial – so please embrace the alone time and be at ease with the wilderness.

September Tai Chi residential – please contact me if you are coming

1 June 2020

I am hopeful that our annual September residential will still be able to go ahead – it is still three months away and a lot can yet change. Unfortunately in the rapid lock down I was unable to get all necessary contact information so would Steve and Judith please message me directly – you have […]

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Tai Chi in the Park – Shefford

31 May 2020

Now that we are allowed to meet as groups of six people I am opening up a couple of free sessions a week at the STMA in Shefford for all existing students of Shefford and Letchworth classes. These free sessions will be on Sunday at 11.00 am and Thursday at 9.00 am  each week – […]

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Tai Chi tips for personal practice

20 May 2020

A few thoughts for those of us doing personal practice in our gardens: – Clear your mind and quieten your body Relax your hips – sink slightly before you transfer weight and on the leg you transfer to Allow your pelvis to sink under you when you move so it can stay beneath your upper […]

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Red, white and pink muscle for stronger, more springy Tai Chi legs

18 May 2020

I watched a Japanese TV program recently about slow squats as an exercise for lowering blood sugar and burning fat. They say that a series of 10 sec squats in reps of 10 repeated 3 times per session  then done in two sessions a week for three months can reduce blood sugar levels as a […]

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Thoughts on right and wrong

9 May 2020

Right or wrong, correct or not correct? When we begin right at the beginning as Tai Chi first timers there is a tendency to think there is right way to do things – and to expect our teacher to know what it is. After all isn’t that the way the rest of life works? Then […]

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Light and limber

8 May 2020

One of the benefits I have found from lock down has been the opportunity to do my own daily practice during which I have been reminded of the saying from the Tai Chi classics that one’s Tai Chi should be “light and limber” – especially when watching videos of master Chen Yu who has a […]

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