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The Beauty (and benefits) of Tai Chi

September 29th, 2014 Comments off

Tai Chi is a wonderful exercise regimen, gentle and free flowing.  It is highly recommended for improving balance, for strengthening knees and many other benefits.

This video shows the ideal and this woman is splendid.  At my age I do not kick as high or bend as low, and that is okay, you would not have to either.  I go through the ‘form’ at least once every day at home.  I learned Tai Chi from an excellent instructor at the local senior center.  I had tried to learn from   a DVD but did not do as well as in a class.  Thanks to Marc Saldana.

If you are not close to a class, try Youtube video classes, TV classes or DVD instruction.  I hope you will give it a try.  God willing, I will continue practicing Tai Chi for the rest of my life, I like it that much.

Balance . . . Try Tai Chi !

November 5th, 2013 Comments off

Maintaining a sense of balance is crucial for avoiding falls, slips and injuries.

Your sense of balance slowly starts to decline as you enter your 20s and may continue to progressively degrade unless you take active steps to improve this ability, according to a January 8, 2008, article in “The New York Times.”

You can help preserve your sense of balance by regularly engaging in different activities and exercises that require little or no equipment.

Tai Chi

The Chinese have been practicing tai chi, an ancient martial art, for thousands of years for its numerous physical and mental health benefits.

A study published in 2005 in the “Journals of Gerontology Series A” reports that older adults who engaged in a regular tai chi practice experienced an improved sense of balance and improved physical performance, and they had a reduced risk of falls.

Tai chi is based on a series of flowing movements and poses that can help strengthen your ankles, promote a more stable stance, help you evenly distribute your weight and increase body awareness. It is suitable for almost anyone regardless of fitness level, as it places very little impact on your joints.


Myrna: T’ai Chi Chuan

October 10th, 2012 Comments off

Myrna, What exactly is T’ai Chi Chuan?

Well, Sweetie, It is a graceful exercise that is highly recommended, especially as one ages, for balance and inner calm.The official Chinese instruction manual gives a lovely description of this seamless movement:

“While making a stride, it is as quietly as a cat walks, and while putting forth strength the exertion is so mild that it looks like reeling off raw silk from a cocoon.  The movements, like clouds floating in the sky, are spry and light, but well-balanced and steady.  Motion is even and fluid, the muscles neither stiff nor rigid.  Breathing should be deep and even . . . the mind is tranquil and alert, with consciousness commanding the body. In practising T’ai Chi Chuan it is essential that there be stillness in movement – a unity of stillness and motion.”


Tai Chi, A Softer Touch, thanks to Pat!

November 27th, 2011 Comments off

Marc’s Monday Morning Tai Chi Class was happy to receive some beautifully hand made carrying bags for our Tai Chi rulers.  They were made by one of Marc’s friends, named Pat.  We loved the nice surprise and appreciate Pat’s thoughtfulness.

 

Marc, Arthur, Maggy

Arthur

 

Mary, tap, tap, tapping at home.


Gigi says, "It's nice, I like it. Merci!"

 

Nice job Pat!


Ease Arthritis Pain With Tai Chi

November 26th, 2011 Comments off

Thanks to Marc & the Monday MorningTai Chi Class

Older adults who did one hour of tai chi twice weekly

cut their pain from knee osteoarthritis considerably in

a 12-week study conducted at Tufts University School of Medicine.

From my own experience I have found Tai Chi to be a calming form of

exercise, that is challenging as well as enjoyable .



Tai Chi in Shadow Form

October 21st, 2011 Comments off

I like to practice Tai Chi in the sunshine so I can watch my shadow self.

 A weird sort of image, but me, nevertheless.

Tai Chi

October 12th, 2011 Comments off

 

This is a Tai Chi ruler. It is smaller than a rolling pin, but similiar in shape. It is used in the practice of Tai Chi. One  use is to gently tap all over the body to stimulate the energy within. There are also exercises to do with the ruler as a warmup to the ‘form’.   I made an extra one from a dowel.  It serves the same purpose.

 I appreciate more and more the ancient Chinese exercises that help me to be more in harmony with my aging body.

In two weeks I will turn 69.  If I live to be 99, as Mama has, I hope I will still be practicing Tai Chi and benefiting from its graceful, disciplined form. Maybe by then I’ll get it right.

October 12th, 2011 2 comments

DVD: Simply Tai Chi

July 7th, 2011 1 comment

When I retired in 2004 Leslie O’Callaghan, gave me a gift card to Barnes and Noble.  I remember it because I bought this Tai Chi DVD.

I had always been curious about Tai Chi and wanted to learn more. Six years later, I took my elderly neighbor to get her taxes done at the local Senior Center. I passed the time by reading the bulletins and announcements.  That’s when I saw they offered  a Tai Chi class.  I had never been to the Center, so it gave me incentive to join. (I considered it an instant reward for having done a favor for a friend.)

I would hope you could find an instructor as kind and patient as Marc Saldana.  The small group, 10-15 people, is just right for me.  It is a pay-as-you-go class, without obligation.  I go faithfully and enjoy it immensely.

Why not check in your area?  Don’t let the name of Tai Chi intimidate you, it isn’t anything mysterious.  You can do it and it will be good for you. It is available now at Amazon.com.

Simply Tai Chi (DVD) Lorraine James and Graham Bryant demonstrate warm-up exercises and then work through the routine step by step.


Happy Birthday, tai chi Instructor Marc

October 10th, 2010 Comments off

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The youthful looking 51 year old Marc Sodana is the best advertisement I know for practicing tai chi. He is a great guy and his students feel privileged to learn from him.

Happy Birthday Marc. Peace.

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