Tai chi chuan
As my teacher, Tew Bunnag, noticed many times, Tai chi is like the Swiss knife. It is one object with many distinct uses. Meaning that Tai chi is a practice that you can use in different ways so as to meet the needs of every moment.
Tai chi is an ancient marshal art, an interchange between yin and yang, exploring, cultivating, and recognising the two different energies (soft and hard) within our bodies. This side of the practice uses marshal applications to rejuvenate and tonify the muscular and internal organ system. Tai chi is a therapeutic exercise for the whole body seeing soma as one organism that contains vital energy, chi, and uses exercises to ensure that the flow of energy is constant, stable and fluid. Chi Kung is the rhythmical breathings used to benefit the respiratory system, bring clarity to mind, and calm down the system. Part of the Tai chi training is learning the form (short and long), which looks like choreography of marshal applications practiced in a really slow motion. Tai chi is a dance, a shadow dance with oneself or opponent that cultivates balancing, sensitivity and centeredness. Finally, known as meditation in movement, Tai chi uses all the above parts of the practice to cultivate awareness in mind and body, and rediscover compassion and peace in our lives.
As the body develops its own awareness, the mind creates balance with external environment and slowly has time to analyze inputs in peace. At some point during the training the relationship with time changes. It seems there is more time in our everyday lives, and this happens possible because soma changes the relationship with time.
This practice welcomes all different ages and body types, since it is soft and smooth for all health conditions. Even for 5 days seminar or short classes the relaxation and silence that will be experienced can be kept and preserved by just coming back to that feeling, by just repeating anything that you can recall without the need for perfection.
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“In tai chi the somatic health is not differentiated from the emotional and cognitive health. A fit body, heart free from anxiety, open and generous, mind open and enlighten might seem ideal, but is our right from the day we are born”.