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Tai Chi by Master Shaman
Yang Style Tai Chi Shaman Variation
Invoking The Warrior

                                     I Ching Readings
Tai Chi is an internal system of movements and positions dating back to the 12th Century in China.  Originally developed as a martial art, today Tai Chi is popular as a form of moving meditation and exercise to develop both body and mind.
  When practiced regularly,  Tai Chi produces many benefits - including the following:

       Improves balance, posture and stamina
  • Increases vitality, flexibility and internal/external awareness
  • Stimulates the flow and function of life force energy (chi)
  • Cultivates a clear and powerful mind
  • Releases tension and increases relaxation response
  • Reduces stress and pain
  • Heals and helps to prevent injuries
  • Builds fluidity, grace and internal power
  • Restores and strengthens connection to nature
  • Reclaims health, peace and joy in life.

    As  exercise, Tai Chi builds the mind/body connection with a focus on relaxation, balance, joint health, correct alignment and smart body mechanics through slow, flowing movements and coordinated breathing.

    As a meditation, Tai Chi focuses on fully experiencing and influencing the body's energy flow through movement or in stillness.  This energy work is called qigong.

    As a martial art, the Tai Chi artist stays in contact with the opponent, turning into his or her movements to disrupt attacks with an elegant economy of motion.

    As a life philosophy, Tai Chi is rooted in Taoism and the concept of yin and yang.  The goal is to live in harmony with nature, to function optimally as a human being - emotionally and psychologically; to be aware of natural energy and to utilize that energy to reach a high level of physical and spiritual well-being.

  • "No leaps, no high kicks, no running. The feet always firmly on the ground...

  • Movements intrinsically beautiful and at the same time charged with symbolic meaning.

  • Thought taking shape in ritual and stylized gesture.

  • The whole body transformed into a hieroglyph, a succession of hieroglyphs, of attitudes modulating from significance to significance, like a poem or a piece of music.

  • Movements of the muscles representing movements of the consciousness...

  • It's meditation in action...

  • The metaphysics of the Mahayana expressed not in words, but through symbolic movements and gestures."

  • - Aldous Huxley