When we look at an experienced Tai Chi player flowing effortlessly through the movements of the Tai Chi form it is understandable to imagine that it's quite easy to do. On the surface it looks like a fairly simple activity but it's when we actually start to learn that the reality can be a little more challenging! It can seem quite a mountain to … [Read more...] about How to Practise for Success
In today's highly stressed out world we live increasingly in our heads. We over think and analyse everything to the nth degree forgetting how we actually feel. Work/rest balance is not high on our priorities. We focus on achieving our goals with such effort that we often push beyond our maximum capacity, ignoring the messages from our body asking … [Read more...] about How to avoid burnout and find balance in every moment
When I first heard about standing qi gong from my teacher many years ago I thought I had miss-heard her. Up until then I had always thought that it was always done whilst moving. How wrong I was! Standing qi gong or Zhan Zhuang is an ancient Daoist method that is found in all the internal arts of Tai Chi, Hsing Yi and Bagua. It's a … [Read more...] about The Secrets of Standing Qi Gong
Have you ever watched a musician or performer at the top of their game and wondered how they make what they do look so easy and effortless? I love watching inspirational performers who have mastered their craft and as a result can bring out soul inspired performances that touch us at the deepest level. So how do they get to be so good? What is … [Read more...] about 7 Powerful Stress Busting Habits of Tai Chi
When I was much younger I remember reading a book called Zen in the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams. It had such an impact on me at the time and I still get it out to read when looking for inspiration to this day. The passage that fascinated me the most was when he described his experience of overcoming his illness by using the power of his mind. He … [Read more...] about The Mind Body Connection
I'm sure like me you sometimes get into your car, drive off to work and before you know it you've arrived. But somehow your mind just wasn't there. It was completely distracted. You arrived without realising how you got there. You were on autopilot! We've all done it! And it always amazes me how I get to my destination safely and in one piece … [Read more...] about The Miracle of the Present Moment
At last after a couple of months now, Maria and I have settled into our new house. It has been a very busy time, but we are now no longer living out of boxes and we don't have to spend ages searching for stuff only to find it was in the first box! (If only I hadn't rushed!) This is entirely due to Maria who is amazingly organised! I have never … [Read more...] about Discover your own healing power
It was lovely to get away at Easter. Maria and I decided to spend a few days away in Lulworth Cove, Dorset. It is a beautiful and serene little village hidden along the Jurassic coastline. The hotel we stayed at was supurb! So a big thank you to the 'Limestone Hotel' and the fabulous team headed by Mike who made us feel so welcome. Holidays give … [Read more...] about Getting the holiday feeling everyday – The key to Active Relaxation.
As I came out into the sunny garden this morning I contemplated the fact that I have been practicing Tai Chi for over twenty years now. It has become a part of my life and has guided me through some turbulent times. It has always been an amazing support and continues to accompany me on my journey of inner exploration. The … [Read more...] about Discover the hidden benefits of Tai Chi.
This week has been incredibly busy. As well as starting a new business with all that that entails, we are starting to look for a new house. It's very exciting and seems like the beginning of a new chapter in all our lives. Change is something that I have had to learn to get used to over the years. It's not something that I used to enjoy. In fact … [Read more...] about How to be comfortable with change?