Fixed vs Growth Mindset

Fixed vs Growth Mindset

Fixed vs Growth Mindset What kind of Tai Chi student are you? If you were to divide the population down into two types of learning styles, you could use the fixed vs growth mindset approach.  Read through the characteristics of each, which mindset do you feel you are most like?  In reality, it is not…

Deception Training
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Deception Training

Deception Training Body Language and the Mind Body Connection This article looks at deception training and the relationship between Tai Chi and Qigong movements and stillness meditation practice. The Stress Response What does the fear, stress, anxiety, scared, afraid, discomfort or nervous response look like in your posture and movement? Posture: Hands are hidden or…

Fang Song in Tai Chi
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Fang Song in Tai Chi

Fang Song in Tai Chi When training Chen Tai Chi, one of the most important principles is fang song, which roughly translates to applied relaxation. It is release of inappropriate muscle contraction, loosening of the joints and a reduction of physical tension. I describe it to my students as the absence of resistance. Over the…

Self Managing Chronic Pain
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Self Managing Chronic Pain

Self Managing Chronic Pain For those living with chronic pain who would like to be active in their self care management, read over a number of free online resources that aim to naturally help.  Explore gentle and powerful movements for both mind and body.  Tai Chi, Qigong and meditation instructor Nicola lives with Ehlers Danlos…

Physical Symmetry
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Physical Symmetry

Physical Symmetry Training Physical Health for Life I remember a training session a few years ago with Tina Chunna Zhang from Qigong for Women in NYC. She said that qigong practice is for ‘finding your weak spots’. To me, this means training the body in a way to create physical symmetry or harmony in the…