TAG: tai chi

What is Chi?

Rod Morin, Contributor Waking Times Many, many, sages, scholars, researchers and laymen have attempted to answer the perplexing question of – What is Chi? The simplistic answer most often used is that Chi is “vital energy” or Chi is the “life force”, but this answer falls well short of addressing the apparent complexity of Chi.

Cancer, Diabetes, Arthritis & Hypertension Can be Reversed Naturally

Marco Torres, Prevent Disease Waking Times Despite the medical model which relies on pharmaceutical intervention for every known illness, there are well over one hundred common diseases that can be reversed naturally. That’s the difference between treatment for profit and healing for wellness. Arthritis (both rheumatoid and osteo) diabetes (both Type I and Type II),

The Spiritual Dimensions of the Martial Arts

Robert James Burati, New Dawn Waking Times He who wishes to live in an oriental martial art, rather than to just practice it on a physical level, must so train his consciousness to attain a self-discipline that at last his conscious mind will merge into an identity with the very principle of life itself. – Maurice

Has Science Finally Confirmed the Existence of Acupuncture Points, Validating Chinese Medicine?

Buck Rogers, Staff Waking Times The number of acupuncturists, Traditional Chinese Medicinal (TCM) doctors, and complimentary alternative medicine (CAM) patients is growing in the United States, yet mainstream science, medicine and health insurance companies often disregard acupuncture as a legitimate medical treatment. However, it appears that science may finally be able to visually verify the

The Five Animals of Tai Chi, Hsing-I, and Bagua

Hal Mosher, Guest Waking Times Animals are an integral part of our lives as they serve as reminders of our deep connection to nature. The animal mind has not been tainted by societal conventions, and more importantly neither has its instincts. In martial arts practice, we try to cultivate the sense of ourselves we had

Everything I See is Me

Adam Lanka, Contributor Waking Times I AM . . . life. In life, every single instant and interaction exists for the growth of the self and the universe into the highest harmony of All That Is.  Toaists like to refer to this as the Tai Chi, or the Supreme Ultimate, which can also be described

Green Tea and Tai Chi Team Up to Protect Bones

Margie King, GreenMedInfo Waking Times Green tea is one of the latest superfoods making its way into bottled waters and energy drinks.  You’ll even find it in energy bars, mints, chewing gum and ice cream. It has many claimed health benefits.  Texas researchers add to the list with evidence that green tea aids in the prevention of

The Health Benefits of Learning Tai Chi

Waking Times Each and every one of us can benefit from learning Tai Chi. This ancient Chinese art has been described as “meditation in motion” and is known to prevent and treat many health problems, as documented by several studies. Tai chi is a practice that focuses on movements originating from the torso. Why is

Zen and the Art of Chinese Medicine

Steven Alpern, Guest Waking Times The scroll of Zen Buddhist monk Sengai (1750-1838) entitled Circle, Triangle, and Square is a concise symbolic expression of classical (Neijing style) Chinese medical thinking. While this brush painting may not be language in the conventional sense, it articulates Sengai’s intention with clarity and power. Practitioners raised and educated in

The Paradox of the Esoteric Martial Arts

Jess O’Brien, Guest Writer Waking Times All societies have had to grapple with the harsher side of human nature. Unacknowledged violence within will smolder, and conflict left unresolved will in time explode. The martial arts developed for facing these raw emotions directly, forging and tempering their energy into useful and beautiful shapes. Frustrations are expressed openly,

Natural Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Beth Quist, Guest Writer Waking Times Continual stress and anxiety stagnates the flow of your Qi (chee) in your body and when that happens, it will also impact the flow of your blood. Over time, this stagnation of Qi and blood will cause health problems for you.  The organ most affected with continual stress and

Understanding Qigong and Tai Chi

Konstantin Eriksen, Guest Writer Waking Times  Tai chi qigong, and, in fact, all forms of chi kung (chi kung and qigong are the same thing), have deep roots in ancient Chinese philosophy. Their principles can be hard to understand for a lot of Westerners. In this article I’m going to give you a basic overview of

How Does Qigong Heal?

Jeff Primack, Qigong.com Waking Times  Over 4000 years ago Chinese medicine said, “Blood is the mother of Qi”. The Old Testament Leviticus 17:11, “For the life of the flesh is in the Blood.” During Qigong practice people usually feel a powerful pulsation of blood in their body. Often it takes people by surprise how warm they

Between Awake and Asleep – Achieving Deep Relaxation with Qi Gong

Ramel Rones, David Silver of YMAA Waking Times  Most Eastern arts seek ways for the practitioner to spend more time in a deeply relaxed state, that is, with a meditative mind. This deep level of meditation is an essential step for achievement in all Eastern disciplines: seeking enlightenment (meditation), better performance (Kung Fu), higher quality