Are you always on the go and feeling way too busy? Do you need a pause in life to simply breathe?
Imagine feeling calm and at ease within yourself and with others on a regular basis?
How much easier would it be to navigate through life if you had the regular opportunity to take time for yourself, to feel grounded, and to feel calm?
If you are the type of person who loves to ponder ideas and connect those ideas to how you live your day to day life, I can relate.
Dealing with ourselves, let alone other people can be such a drain. I find myself craving time in nature, time to stop and think, and with the need to move pent up or scattered energy in my body through conscious movement.
If this resonates with you, we have created a space for you to learn in the comfort of your own space and time, in a quiet online setting so you can take a moment for yourself.
Tài jí Life is a calm path guiding you to learn physical practices that will help you ground, breathe, and self-connect so you can better handle the daily stresses of life. It’s both an ancient art and an evolved way of being.
• I could be more productive if I didn’t feel so anxious.
• I can’t handle confrontation.
• I feel self-conscious so I withdraw.
• I’m easily affected by other people’s comments, remarks, or opinions.
• I'm highly affected if people are angry, jealous, belittling, or if there is conflict.
• I know I would feel better if I was more focused.
• My heart hurts from the pain in this world and in myself.
• I want to be with people and yet I feel very uncomfortable in group settings.
• I never really feel like I’m truly myself with other people. This can make it difficult to do my best, to really learn and not be distracted by my awareness of everyone else. Yet I also feel motivated by other people.
• I’m more likely to show up if I feel accountable.
I have often been asked why I started to learn tài jí and I didn’t have a good answer. At that time, I was much younger than most of the other students and I didn’t have any health problems to overcome. But for some reason, I was drawn to it and I loved it.
Yes, there are many physical benefits but there's so much more:
• To experience a deeper, more enriching connection to yourself and life.
• To feel stronger, stable, more confident in your body.
• To be calm and at ease within yourself and with others.
• To activate your brain and engage your mind.
• To learn a practice that you can continue and deepen for the rest of your life. It’s not something you will ever have to give up. You’ll only get better at it as you get older.
Tài jí is an absolute gift. It has everything we need to help us ground, centre, and connect to our body, mind, and soul.
Whatever your ideas of 'tai chi' might be, it’s time to take another look:
It provides engaging elements of physiology and philosophy.
It’s a live and fluid practice that integrates itself into our core, over time, in a deeply satisfying way.
It makes us physically stronger without the need for high impact, noise, or an array of equipment.
It coordinates our brain, body, movement, and breath and makes us highly aware of ourselves as a whole, intricate, fascinating, strong, and agile being.
It’s not a quick fix. It’s not a straight line. You develop patience as you learn movements over time and turn them from flailing arms and awkward steps to refined, cursive movements.
One by one, you start to notice differences in your body and how you experience life. You may first notice a settling in your being and a greater sense of stability.
You may notice a more effective use of your movements - that you are engaging more parts of your body. You may slowly start to feel the relation between your posture and how that reflects your thoughts about who you are and how you experience yourself in this life.
You may finally feel like this is a way to experience that elusive thing called meditation that we are all supposed to be doing.
You may begin to feel more calm. More content. And when you are not calm and content, you can survive that cycle until you return once again to a more comfortable state of being.
I’m here to take this journey with you. There are some basic things to learn first; some guiding principles, sequences of movement, some terminology. I will help you integrate this into your life. Not just during your online practice time but infusing it into all of your actions and steeped into your daily life.
We each have our own personal journey. Our own gifts and talents, our own ways of being in this world. I don’t believe there is only one answer.
There are many paths and maybe this one is for you.