Over the last two decades or so in the tai chi game, I’ve noticed that many practitioners have unrealistic expectations about what they can achieve in short timeframes. Many times, students seek to learn a form and gain a high level of skill within a period of a few months, which of course is impossible unless you’re a rare genius in mind-body-chi. The irony is that those who let go of these expectations are usually the students who advance more quickly and, more importantly, experience the deeper health and healing benefits for which tai chi is renowned.
A few months back I posted some how-to videos to help you balance your body in your qi gong, tai chi and bagua training. Now I have three steps you can take to start fixing imbalances in your body before they create greater health issues.
This festive season, it’s a good time to give pause and remember those less fortunate than ourselves. Of course, it’s even better if we can become co-creators in making the changes we would like to see in the world.
Some organisations make that easier for those of us with busy lives who aren’t sure where best to focus our efforts. Four Corners Foundation is one such orgnaisation. Founded in 1976 to help preserve the unbroken transmission of the Vajrayana tradition, the people involved work tirelessly to help Tibetan people in need.
In my 2011 Five Element Qi Gong retreat in Crete, I discussed ways to restore balance in and revitalise the body. One method for fretting out imbalances and getting real about your practice is training with a partner, which accomplishes three important goals:
The question of how long to train Tao meditation and energy arts is one of the most frequestly asked questions.
I advise all students, but especially beginners to qi gong, tai chi, bagua or meditation, to mind their two-thirds of effort in mind-body-qi, and save 45-minute to hour-long practices for many months (or even years) down the line, once they have a solid foundation in nei gong. Otherwise, you may injure yourself or build up too much internal resistance and stop practising.