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Tai Chi, Part 1 (VIDEO)

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Tai Chi is for everyone, and you can do Tai Chi wherever you happen to be in your life and your location. You don't need special clothes, and you don't need a special place. Every place is special when you practice Tai Chi there. So go ahead! Keep in mind that every "body" is different, and so everyone will move through the forms slightly differently (and that's okay!).

The first movement in Tai Chi (24 form Yang style) is known as "Opening." While it might seem like very little, it is the most important aspect of the practice. This is where I drop my baggage. I bring my mind to the same location as my body (as opposed to the past, the future, my worries, or my "to do" list). Just for these few minutes of Tai Chi practice, I drop everything and I am right where I am as much as I am able. If thoughts arise, I ask them, "Is this thought of right now?" If the answer is "no," then I let the thought go. I even reply to the thought, "See you later." All of these issues will be waiting for me at the end of my practice so for now, I let them go.

I turn my attention to my body, and especially to the energy animating my body, my life force. The left foot peels away from the ground, almost as though it was stuck to something sticky on the ground. The sticky image is to help me, when I practice, feel every bit of my foot. The foot finds it place in an open position, hip distance apart. I inhale as the arms float to shoulder height, and then I exhale as the arms float down and the knees both bend.

For the scientifically-documented benefits of this practice, please refer to my last blog.

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