Recently at the school.. during discussion on preparation for Chinese new year celebration. . the subject of knots used in Chinese crafts came up…thought I’d share this from China High Lights. ..https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/culture/knot.htm
from: MIND OF ISADORA site….
It’s been a year since I had my back surgery. It went well but healing has taken all this time. When your back isn’t aligned other joints are affected. Because of that, my knees weren’t behaving. My dancing career helped with those joint issues too. Everything is back to the way it should be for a senior. But, it’s only been 2 weeks. My mind was remembering the peaceful tai chi class I used to take. I went into my e-mails so I could contact my teacher. There in my inbox was her smiling face. I was elated. My first class will be tomorrow. I thought this type of exercise might be of interest to you. I reposted the Tai Chi nurturing I had written in 2014.
Hope you enjoy …. Isadora 🙏
Ni Hao – Hello ( Chinese )
Tai Chi is an ancient type of exercise similar to martial arts that has been practiced in China for centuries. The fluid slow movements make it safe and effective. If you simply incorporate this practice into your lifestyle it will be of great benefit to both mental and physical health.
Tai Chi is popular among senior citizens and those suffering from limitations that prevent them from doing other types of exercises. Some people find it to be easier than meditation for quieting their mind.
How does this ancient type of exercise prevent putting any strain on your body?
Tai Chi is a combination of elegant movements that are performed in a slow and flexible manner. They flow into each other. It looks like a well-choreographed slow motion dance. The movements are soft and fluid without jerking the body from one position to another.
A professional can give you lessons and advise on the movements and their pattern. The techniques are free flowing but there are a few guidelines that are important to keep in mind. Always keep your posture straight but your arms loose. It’s important to never apply force in any movement and to stay totally relaxed in order to refrain from putting any strain on the joints.
Many people are acquainted with the hand movements seen when Tai Chi is being performed in parks, at the beach or in gyms. The flowing movements help strengthen muscles. The quiet thoughtful concentration creates a calming effect that helps the body decrease tension, anxiety and stress. It can be performed alone or in a group. Apart from these benefits, Tai Chi works on your psychological level by improving concentration and focus to strengthen your mind.
My Tai Chi Dance teacher – Sui
Each movement or posture carries defensive or offensive applications. In order to understand these applications it’s vital to grasp the awareness of the concept of Yin and Yang. Yin is the soft female principle and Yang is the masculine principle.
Tai Chi movements:
• releases tension and relaxes body
• it tones and strengthens muscles
• it improve respiration
• it helps increase emotional balance
• it improves balance
• it improves circulation
• Harmonize body and mind
What precautions ought I take before practicing?
Tai chi is mild enough for pretty much everybody. However, it is a sensible plan to talk with your doctor before making an attempt tai chi.
This is a professional video for those who wish to see the technique.
Tai Chi for Beginners, 8 Lessons with Dr Paul Lam – first lesson
I hope you’ll take time to find an exercise that helps you to become healthier both mentally and physically while creating a calming lifestyle in the process. Our bodies are our temples gifted to us from a greater creator who has gifted us with its care.
Zai Jiau – Good-Bye (Chinese )
I honor the place in you
in which the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you
which is of Love, and of Truth,
of Light and of Peace.
When you are in that place in you
and I am in that place in me.
We are One.
from: WHEN WOMEN INSPIRE site…
Keeping your mind in sync with your body and keeping them both sharp is something that we often neglect to do in the 21st century. We lead busy lifestyles in the modern world; full-time jobs, children and other things take up the majority of our time, which can leave us feeling emotionally and physically spent. However, it doesn’t have to be this way! There are a few things that you can do to sharpen your mind and your body, so carry on reading to find them out.
Wellbeing clinics are new but also incredibly old too. Mind clearing processes and body relaxation techniques have been around for thousands of years, however they’ve only just became available to the wider world. Companies like the Mountain Top clinic offer incredible services to get your mind and body working together well again, as well as honing them to be as sharp as you need them to be. They provide the break that your body needs to be well again, so it’s definitely worth looking at.
Chances are you will have heard of Tai Chi, but what actually is it? Well, Tai Chi is an old traditional Chinese martial art that was originally intended for self defense, however over the years it has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that incorporates many valuable philosophies and lessons for the student. You can teach yourself some Tai Chi yourself at home in your back garden, however going to an instructor and being part of a class pushes your body and brain that bit further so you can get more out of your training. Tai Chi is also brilliant for curing any muscle related painsthat you might have because of the stretching and muscle use that is involved, so don’t worry if you think you’re not up to it because it’s for all levels!
This is a huge departure from the other two things that have been talked about here, but they still serve the same purpose. Extreme sports such as paintball sharpen your mind and body in a fantastic way. You’re going to have to use your body to roll, dive and run around depending on what you’re doing, and in the example of paintball you’re going to have to actively use your mind to shoot other players out! This requires a combination of knowledge, skill, courage and fitness; all of these things go towards honing your body and mind whilst playing a game that is fun and exciting, so if you’re looking for something that isn’t calm then this is definitely for you!
Doing any one of these things is going to benefit your body and mind. Why not visit a wellbeing clinic for a week or two in order to clear your mind, maybe even try out Tai Chi for some regular applied exercise, or you could take the plunge and try out an extreme sport which will train you and test you. The choice is yours!