When I started practicing Tai Chi I wanted to learn as much as possible as quickly as possible. I had a difficult time hearing my instructor’s advice to just immerse myself in the moment and not worry about every tiny detail. Over time, I found that my instructor was right <LOL>. The goal of learning the many forms in the set was not to just “learn” the set, but to use what I was learning about each form to understand how my body moved in response to my “internal” commands. I began to realize how watching my angles, shifting my weight, and paying attention to my body’s strengths and limitations allowed me to focus my attention more on fundamentals. That in turn has helped me to better understand and master the flow of body movements used in Tai Chi and to find the benefits of this “moving meditation”.
If you want to learn more about the importance of consistency in the practice of Tai Chi you may find this article from SlantedFlying.com helpful.
If you are interested in learning Tai Chi or want to get back into the practice, please feel free to e-mail us at TaiChiRevolutionCNY@gmail.com. Check back soon – we will be posting the start date for a new beginners class soon! We look forward to seeing you in the studio!