Still Learning by Annita Riddle ~ (Apr 2022)

My grandchildren call me Ninja Granny. It brings a smile to my face every time I think of it. How did I acquire this name?

It all started with lockdown, following the first Covid outbreak which kept us all indoors. There was a TV advertisement at the same time. It showed a trio of pandas performing Constant Bear. I was captivated by the pandas’ graceful, flowing movements.  A great calmness came over me from just watching it. I decided then and there that I’d learn tai chi and at least get something positive out of being confined to my home. 

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Some Odd Gifts of a Pandemic by Caroline J. Simon ~ (Mar 2022)

For context, I begin with my pre-pandemic history with tai chi. For fifteen years, I have been doing tai chi daily. There was a short break for recovery from bunion surgery, but apart from that, skipping tai chi in the morning would feel like going through the day without brushing my teeth. After all this time, I know that I will never be proficient at tai chi. Some days I think that I am making the reverse of progress. 

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Staying Healthy While Working Remotely with Tai Chi ~ (Feb 2022)

If you began working remotely before or during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have noticed that much of your movement during work hours consists of walking to the kitchen and back. Just as with an in-person desk job, it’s important to find creative ways to burn calories, maintain good posture, and stay healthy. T'ai chi ch'üan, often called simply Tai Chi, is an ancient Chinese exercise that offers many health benefits, including excellent stretches for people who sit all day. The best part? You can do it in the privacy of your own home.

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Tai Chi Walking: A Low-Impact Path to Better Health ~ (Feb 2022)

When you think of Tai Chi, you may picture a group of people doing slow, synchronized movements in a park, or the fictional warrior Worf from Star Trek practicing on the Holodeck. However, there are Tai Chi exercises for many types of movement, including walking—and you can even combine them with plain brisk walks to maximize benefits. Here’s how taking a Tai Chi walk can refresh the body and mind for people of all ages.

 

Benefits of Tai Chi Walking

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The 8 Word Formula for Tai Chi by Edna Brandt ~ (Dec 2021)

The Yang family is renowned for tai chi, and their tradition includes eight words describing the qualities of excellent tai chi: Centered and Balanced, Peaceful and Comfortable, Light and Agile, Rounded and Lively. I often think that these are great qualities to animate our lives as well. Let’s look at each of them in turn. 

 

Centered and Balanced

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The Journey of the Form by Pat Gorman, M.Ac. ~ (Nov 2021)

Introduction by Margaret Olmsted

Pat Gorman wrote this article for the Tai Chi Press, Vol. II, No. IV. In that version, she left out a paragraph she had written elsewhere about Repulse Monkey and a line about Four Corners which I have included here.

Each time you take a journey through the form it can be different, from completely missing the journey to having the best tai chi round ever. Sometimes the journey is taken alone and sometimes with others. Does that change it for you? Remember to enjoy the journey!

MO

 

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Götzens October 2021: Reawaken Our Connectedness and our Life Energy by Peter Kennedy ~ (Oct 2021)

The second weekend in October 2021 I was in Götzens in Austria where for the first international Tai Chi group training in almost two years.  Students came from Austria and Switzerland. Teachers came from Austria, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and France. With Covid 19’s safety restrictions, it has not been possible to have in person group trainings.  This has led to a feeling of isolation for a lot of us.  So the theme of the tai chi weekend was to reawaken the feeling of connectedness and unity between us and others and to vitalize our life energy.

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Tai Chi Drama! Five Whips and Animals Everywhere! by Gabrielle Grunau, PhD ~ (Oct 2021)

When I traveled across country on September 15th, 2021, Hurricane Nicholas was giving my cross-country airplane quite a bit of turbulence. 

 

To pass time (and not be afraid) I put myself through all 37 positions of our tai chi rounds without moving a muscle (or at least I don’t think I moved a muscle). 

 

Here is the playful drama I created.

 

I am going on a journey through the jungle, which should be fun. 

 

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