Whilst taking my tai chi class last Sunday I was struck yet again by how much one student was over-straining. I had a chat with her and it was clear that she didn't realise what was happening. It was beyond her awareness. Over the years I've struggled with this myself and it is a common pattern that many people have. Tai Chi practice is a microcosm … [Read more...] about Let Go of Struggle and Live in Flow
Have you ever felt swept away by strong emotions? Do you feel nervous when making presentations? Would you like to have an unshakable inner stability? I will always remember one of my first tai chi lessons, many years ago. It was the most fascinating experience and has stayed with me ever since. The instructor asked two of his … [Read more...] about Becoming grounded in stressful moments
As I watched the Wimbledon tennis final at the weekend it was quite obvious that we were witnessing two players of incredible skill. it was amazing to watch and I particularly admired the way they made it look so easy! How could they hit the ball with such power and move around the court at such speed and still look relaxed & in control? The … [Read more...] about Relaxation Kung Fu..Do you have it?
Are you suffering from stress? Do you notice sometimes how tense you feel? Do you find your mind is on the go all the time? Isn't it exhusting? I was recently talking to a friend of mine who was going through a difficult time and finding life very stressful. They found by the end of the week that they were tense, anxious, … [Read more...] about Instant Stress relief…FREE FOR LIFE!
Discover my 6 steps to freedom Beginning the journey of clearing one's 'stuff', readjusting the 'inner sat nav' and becoming more authentic in order to find your true creative voice for any artist or performer can at first appear quite a daunting task. there is a huge amount of information 'out there' of varying difficulty and it is confusing as … [Read more...] about 6 Steps to Freedom
I've just spent the weekend exploring the world of qi gong and nei gong with a lovely group of fellow enthusiasts and have returned re energised and revitalised. Qi gong has recently been in the spotlight, first with Robert Downey Jr extolling the benefits of traditional chinese medicine and qi gong.Then it was revealed that Adele also practised qi … [Read more...] about Adele and Qi Gong
I have noticed recently how settled and comfortable I now feel as I start my daily practice routine. It has become as much a part of my day as cleaning my teeth and of course my morning cup of tea. The days when I would get up with a 'knot' in my stomach, feeling anxious as soon as I opened my eyes, already worrying about the next exam, audition, … [Read more...] about Tea, cake and Paganini
I feel so fortunate that often during the week I get to drive through some beautiful countryside on the way to my tai chi classes. However it is when i'm wandering through the forest or across the south downs that I feel a strong connection to the surroundings. I like to take my time and really SEE. I love to just sit and contemplate an amazing … [Read more...] about Finding our true voice
I recently spent a really enjoyable few days in Oxford with Bruce Frantzis and a few other tai chi enthusiasts. The retreat focused on the outer dissolving energy work of the taoist system of meditation. There is a wonderful sense of coming home when surrounded by a group of people all with a similar interest and goal. Some of us have been … [Read more...] about The Journey
The Joy of Practice Today I am practising one of my favourite pieces, the Mendelssohn violin concerto E minor. I first had fun learning this in my twenties but it only feels like yesterday! Today I am in a different ‘place’ to where I was then and it is fascinating to discover new and exciting elements that I was unaware of back then. I often find … [Read more...] about The Joy of Practice