Dissolving Tension in Your Taichi Practice Pays Off Big

Dissolving Tension in Your Taichi Practice Pays Off Big

Another reason we move so slowly when we practice Taichi is that we are very vigilant in feeling each part of our body to spot any point of tension. Physical tension blocks Chi flow and keeps us tethered to a reliance on physical strength and mechanical motion. When...
Flow vs. Not-Flow and Action vs. Non-Action

Flow vs. Not-Flow and Action vs. Non-Action

In our Taichi classes, we talk a lot about following and flow. What do those really mean? In the beginning, we follow our instructor. We follow a Taichi video. We follow directions for how to move – where our feet go, how high we should lift our arms. But beyond...
Can You Transcend Time and Space Through Taichi?

Can You Transcend Time and Space Through Taichi?

In Master Waysun Liao’s book, T’ai Chi Classics, he says: “The high speed of the mind can alter the experience of time and space…The ancient Chinese used the idea of the immeasurably high speed of mind in their philosophy of energy...
What to Do When My Opponent is Wrong

What to Do When My Opponent is Wrong

In teaching “pushing hands” at the Taichi Tao Center, Master Waysun Liao instructs students that they shouldn’t complain if their practice partner is standing or moving incorrectly, or if they are too physical. Instead, they should be able to...