What IS Tai Chi Chuan

Gentle Flowing Movements
To most people tai chi just looks like Gentle flowing
movements.
This is what we begin with a thought of “I would like to do
that ” those gentle flowing movements. So we look for a class we can attend and
learn those “gentle flowing movements”.
We begin with some warming up exercises and wonder when the
“gentle flowing movements” are going to begin, come on I want to get started.
We are introduced to breathing yes breathing, so you think ”I know how to breathe I would not be standing hear if I did not know how to breath”.
Then we go on to stances and again we thought we came to learn about “gentle flowing
movements” not standing about in various stances.
Hear it comes relaxing we are going to start those “gentle flowing movements” no we are talking about the mind and the inner stillness of the body, stillness! I want to move, come
on I am relaxed let’s start those “gentle flowing movements”.
Now grounding and connecting our feet, hands and mind together.
Connecting with our centre the TanTien area keeping the body upright and balanced.
Then understanding our inner Chi energy, inner energy hey! where did that come from?.
Li external energy all around us sensing the pressure of the air all around us moving with the movement of others, so now its not just my energy I have to move but now the people around me!.
So I am warmed up, breathing deep, I know my stances, I am relaxed, grounded
and balanced feeling my inner Chi & Li external energy and wow “gentle flowing movements” Many Many Moons later!.

About Angie Wood

Angie was born in Scarborough in 1954 the 5th Daughter and the 7th child from the family of 12 of Mr & Mrs Robert Arthur Cammish and Pauline Bestwick. Married to James Kennedy Wood known as Ken. They have two daughters Dawn and Siobhain. Angie and Ken started out in the Catering Industry then spending many years (30) as Independent gift and antiques retailers owning various gift and antique shops in Whitby and Scarborough, with the advent of the world wide web this lead to a whole new way of trading, which has led to an extended love and knowledge of antiques and collectables. On looking for something to give life a fuller meaning Angie came across the Art of T'ai Chi Ch’uan and after passing her Teaching Training in the Lee Style of Tai Chi in 2002 teaching weekly classes at the Tai Chi Workshops in Scarborough UK and has founded the web site www.Taichiworkshops.co.uk. Angie spends many hours exploring antique and boot fairs around the UK looking for old and interesting items to sell on her web site www.angiescollections.co.uk. While continuing to study and teach the Art of T’ai Chi keeping an open mind to all the various other health and wellbeing aspects like mindfulness and meditation, for ways on how to make her life and maybe others fit, strong, healthy and wealthy in body, mind and spirit.
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