mindfulness

Application of Tai Chi practice to other activities – e.g. golf, swimming, football, manual work etc.

8 March 2016

All these activities are very different in many ways – but all share the core of Tai Chi practice – balance, relaxation, posture, power, mental and emotional aspects, plus the sensitivity to relate physically – either to the environment, other players or body extensions such as bats, balls etc. Even in the workplace we find […]

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Tai Chi & Alexander Technique Seminar 13th March 2016

10 February 2016

Covering exercises, spiralling movement, Qigong, mindfulness, meditation, Tai Chi principles and Alexander principles. The seminar will be run by Ian Deavin and Judy Hammond and participants will be engaged in a fascinating mix of meditation and movement, creating inner body awareness and developing a practical and spiritual mind/body link of considerable strength. Qigong is a basic training […]

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Nobody ever said a Zen Master had to be patient!

8 January 2016

I found myself being very impatient today in a quite general sense, after a series of frustrating events and released it in a physical gesture (that someone probably thought was all about them), but in noticing this I realised that it was quite natural to be impatient. Probably not a particularly useful social posture, but […]

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Mindfulness in Tai Chi

18 December 2015

Mindfulness is receiving a lot of attention in “alternative” circles at the moment – but it is worth reflecting that it is, and has been, a vital component of spiritual meditation and of martial arts for centuries – helping us to link mind, body and spirit on a daily basis. For example we use the […]

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Considerations on Tai Chi in the role of Falls Prevention – a whitepaper

26 November 2015

Experience has shown that Tai Chi is an effective practice for addressing the problems of falls in the elderly and others vulnerable to falls, leading to a reduction in risk in the order of 40% to 50%. However while Tai Chi practice of itself can work well it is not necessarily suited to everyone. There […]

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A few useful life strategies – well it started as a few!

26 July 2015

Not really martial arts or Tai Chi – but some hopefully useful life strategies and observations drawing on some martial arts and mindfulness approaches. For example: Panic early enough to do something about it – make a plan and use it to monitor progress. Do not leave things to the last minute – this saves […]

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A few thoughts on meditation

9 July 2015

There seem to be many types and many purposes for doing meditation. As with most things some types are promoted as wonderful but are actually low level – you should decide for yourself which is which and what suits you. I first came across meditation in the spiritual/psychological areas, but as you have probably gathered […]

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Beginners Guide to the Development of Internal Feeling in Tai Chi

8 April 2015

The following thoughts and linked article are not definitive – just some observations on the journey. Readers may recognise some of them and hopefully will be encouraged in looking for their own internal feeling. We each bring our differences to our practice and each of us takes different things from it – so will change and […]

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Tai Chi & Alexander Technique Seminar 22nd March 2015 at The Letchworth Centre

19 February 2015

Covering exercises, spiralling movement, qigong, meditation, Tai Chi principles and Alexander principles. The seminar will be run by myself and the excellent Judy Hammond – so participants can expect to be engaged in a fascinating mix of meditation and movement, creating inner body awareness and developing a practical and spiritual mind/body link of considerable strength. Qigong is […]

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Tai Chi and other Martial Arts come full circle

21 January 2015

Having for centuries borrowed from everywhere else in developing martial arts, those same ideas and practices are being fed back into the mainstream of society, for example by use of Tai Chi as a source of meditation practice, by use of partner work in developing co-operative approaches, using mindful physical practices to improve balance and […]

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