I began studying tai chi in 1999 when I was inspired by eastern philosophy and began meditating. I found mediation to be very rewarding, but also very difficult, especially as I attempted it daily over several months. I came across tai chi as a form of ‘moving mediation’ and this concept intrigued me very much. I thought that the idea of moving and meditating together would help keep my focus and attention as well as help with keeping my regular attempts at mediation on track.
As a young man I was not particularly interested in the health benefits of tai chi. Although I have experienced them over the years and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the health benefits of tai chi. Nor was I interested in the martial aspect of it. For me it has always been about connecting the mind, body and the breath or spirit. Sensing these aspects and making connections is a lifelong study and I would agree with many who say that tai chi is an art form above all else.
I have had several teachers over the years and met many very interesting people learning Tai Chi. I have studied Chen Style as well as Chang Meng Ch’ing Styles. I enjoy the Yang Style best and the Yang Family Association offers a very sincere and approachable way to learn their style which I find to be exciting. I hope you will join me on this wonderful journey of learning the art of Tai Chi.
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