The Body, connections, and the Dantians

Before we can focus on the world around us, we must focus on the world within us. The Body is a collection of moving parts, held together by the interaction of bones, muscles, sinews, ligaments and fascia.  As we move one part of the body we pull and tug at every...

Life and the Tao

My wife is pregnant and soon to give birth to our baby girl. This has included many doctors visits and recently a class covering the birth process. Thankfully many things have changed in the last few decades, and giving birth is no longer seen as a medical procedure,...

Self defense for the introverted

Tai Chi, like any other group activity, suffers from a certain attrition. People come to class, try it out for a bit, and then leave. Other students immediately “get it” and stay for years. There is no clear rhyme or reason to this. Some get it , and some...

Can studying Tai Chi turn you into a Jedi?

Yes. George Lucas’ STAR WARS movies were obviously influenced by basic Taoist ideas. Luke’s training by Yoda reveals what used to be the ideas behind the Force: an omnipresent force underlying the existence of all living things, connecting all living...

The Steps of Yu

I recently discovered the Steps of Yu. Yu was a man in the prehistory of China, a man tied to its shamanic roots. He could transform into a bear, predict the weather and change the course of rivers. He is also considered one of the first Taoist saint. Yu also danced...