Teaching Points BLOG

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Student's Question:  When doing the external movements,what I should pay attention to internally? My mind intent "Yi?" In other words where should my mind be focused on at any point during the form? Or should my mind be empty and the movement itself will move the qi? I look at it   like a mantra...
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Order from Amazon.com. In Finding Yourself in the Kitchen, Dana Velden asks you to seek deeper meaning in this space and explores what cooking can teach about intimacy, failure, curiosity, and beauty. Finding Yourself in the Kitchen is a book of essays, each focused on a cooking theme that explores...
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"I'm not a very good learner." "I don't have a good memory." Sound familiar? These are typical comments that come up in class all the time. However good-natured, they speak of frustration, mild impatience with ourselves, and convey a strong undercurrent of concern about perfection. Don't let...
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With new classes starting at Wen Wu School this week, what I am thinking about is motivation. Students sign up for qigong classes for a variety of reasons. People are motivated by self-preservation, prevention, medical concerns, quality of life issues, friendship (they want to take a class with...
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The most important part of practice is grounding. That is to say, everything about our mind­–body–spirit integration practices always starts with grounding. So much of life seems to pull us into our heads and leaves us walking around tethered to the body. “It’s as if the body has become a...
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Master Liu is always trying to encourage us to increase our daily practice. Routinely at the end of class, or at the end of a mediatation session, she would ask us how we felt. "Great... So much better than I felt before I came to class... Clamer... Energized, not as tired as I felt when I started...
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I chose to call my blog "The Heart of Practice" because there are so many levels, layers, and reasons to practice. And often I am surprised to see how my practice affects my daily life. In the beginning most of our attention is focused on learning the physical movements of the 1st Set. The "How do...
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 "The mind with which you exercise in life is the body of your practice," says my colleague, Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum, author of Walking the Way. The media and science often refer to qigong, yoga, and taiji as Mind-Body practices. It is a useful characterization that sets slow-movement, meditative...
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Listen to what Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe has to say about stopping thoughts, getting rid of emotions, and somehow controlling the mind. Meditation is". . . really about stepping back, seeing a thought clearly, witnessing it coming and going.”  Click here to hear Andy Puddicombe speak on...