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Because this is how I was taught

Practicing my Short Yang (Tai Chi form) this morning, I was struck by the many modifications, some subtle, some not, that my form had gone through over the years. Those changes had become even more apparent several years ago, when … Continue reading

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The stressful yogi

When I recently mentioned to an acquaintance of mine that I was stressed out, she responded in surprise, “but I thought that with all your yoga and meditation practices you are never…” This is a common misconception worth clarifying: yogis … Continue reading

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Fending off excuses

Early Saturday morning I felt like my entire body was revolting against the thought of heading out for my weekly Tai Chi practice. I had no particular reason for not going; just some minor body aches, a result of working … Continue reading

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Embracing change

My Tai Chi practice, and, in fact, also my yoga and meditation practices, have taught me about change. While it’s corny to say that the only constant is change, is it also the true nature of things. Even my most … Continue reading

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How to respond when being pushed

Practicing Push Hands with my practice buddies earlier today, I received an insightful suggestion: when I am being pushed and locked into a position where, seemingly, I have no other alternative but to use force to try and free myself … Continue reading

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Relaxed does not mean weak

Heard at Tai Chi practice this morning: relaxed is not weak. It occurred to me that this is a common misperception, not only in Tai Chi practice but also generally in life. I occasionally find myself faced with a stressful … Continue reading

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What makes a good teacher?

Following an email exchange I recently had with one of my Yoga studio instructors, I came to the following conclusion: a good yoga instructor is not necessarily the most flexible being, nor the most enlightened one. He or she do … Continue reading

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