Do You Have COVID Caution Fatigue? Online Tai Chi Can Help!

Do You Have COVID Caution Fatigue? Online Tai Chi Can Help!

Taking online Tai Chi lessons and maintaining a regular practice could help combat a newly-identified phenomenon called COVID-19 "caution fatigue" by helping to lift your spirits, reduce harmful physical effects of stress and anxiety, and contributing to a clearer,...

Online Tai Chi Classes Using Zoom

Online Tai Chi Classes Using Zoom

Even Tai Chi Classes are Going Virtual In the past few weeks, our weekly Tai Chi classes have successfully moved to the online platform Zoom as we all do our part to flatten the curve of COVID-19. While the online class experience cannot compare to in-person group Tai...

Tai Chi Helps Reduce the Risk of Falling

Tai Chi Helps Reduce the Risk of Falling

Reducing the risk of falling is one of the major benefits of Tai Chi The technical definition of balance, or postural stability, is "the ability to maintain and control the position and motion of the center of mass of the body relative to the base of support.” The...

Tai Chi is Like Soup

Tai Chi is Like Soup

How is Tai Chi like soup you might ask? First, the short answer: Just as there are many styles, varieties, and flavors of soup, there are also various styles, varieties and flavors of Tai Chi. There are also certain fundamental qualities about soup that makes it soup,...

What do a Monkey and a Goldfish Have in Common?

What do a Monkey and a Goldfish Have in Common?

Surpass the Goldfish and Quiet the Monkey with Tai Chi Our ability to pay attention may be one of the most basic and important cognitive abilities we have. Unfortunately for many of us, it seems nearly impossible to focus our attention for very long. We go through our...

Tai Chi and Fall Prevention for Seniors

Aging seniors and, over 55 communities in the Northern VA area should strongly consider recommending that their residents find Tai Chi classes! There are many of these communities in Prince William, Loundoun, and Fairfax Counties alone. Various studies have proven...

Tai Chi for Arthritis Proven Effective for Arthritis

Tai Chi for Arthritis Proven Effective for Arthritis

Now, science reveals additional benefits. New studies show that Tai Chi may be as effective as physical therapy for knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to research published in 2016 in Annals of International Medicine. This is incredibly exciting news! Tai Chi...

Tai Chi v Qigong What’s the Difference?

Tai Chi v Qigong What’s the Difference?

One of the most frequently asked questions I hear from my students is “Tai Chi v Qigong, what’s the difference?” The short answer: Tai Chi, or Taiji, (the whole spelling thing is addressed below) is a martial art, and Qigong, or Chi Kung, is broad term for “working or...

Tai Chi for Parkinson’s Disease

Tai Chi for Parkinson’s Disease

What is Tai Chi? Tai Chi (also T’ai Chi, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Tai Ji, Taiji, Taijiquan, etc.) is a balance-based exercise, originating in China as a martial art, that is gaining more and more notice with Parkinson’s disease researchers and health care professionals. While...

Burn off Those Calories With Tai Chi

Burn off Those Calories With Tai Chi

When most people think about Tai Chi, they are not usually associating the practice with calorie burn. You may not realize just how many calories those slow, graceful movements will shed. It has been calculated that a 125-pound person burns approximately 240 calories...

Tai Chi Research on Benefits for Seniors

The word is spreading about the benefits of Tai Chi for Senior health, and more and more research is becoming available regarding the subject. I was recently consulted for an article about Tai Chi and fall-prevention by the staff at Comfort Home Care, a family-owned...

Relief for Piriformis Syndrome Sciatica and Sacroiliac Dysfunction

Relief for Piriformis Syndrome Sciatica and Sacroiliac Dysfunction

Getting to know and understand your sacrum can shed a lot of light on sciatica and piriformis syndrome as well as sacroiliac dysfunction. Sadly, an increasing number of people are beginning to discover the pain and discomfort of piriformis syndrome and sciatic nerve...

Improve Your Golf Game With Tai Chi

Improve Your Golf Game With Tai Chi

Did you know that many golfers have found Tai Chi to be a game-changer for them? Improving the coordination of the arms, the waist and the legs during movement, relaxing muscles and improving balance – these are the main reasons for the synergy between Tai Chi and...

Tai Chi for Arthritis Proven Effective

Tai Chi for Arthritis Proven Effective

The Arthritis Foundation Recommends Tai Chi! More and more Tai Chi is being studied as therapy for a wide variety of physical conditions. Experts have long recommended Tai Chi as a low-impact workout that encourages balance, flexibility and strength while being...

VIDEO Belly Breathing—Calm the Inner Monster

Belly breathing, also known as diaphragmatic breathing, or abdominal breathing, is one of the best techniques for quickly reducing stress and anxiety as well as to calm the mind and settle your blood pressure down. Next time you are sitting in traffic, give some belly...

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day-Fairfax County, Vienna VA April 2020

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day-Fairfax County, Vienna VA April 2020

EVENT POSTPONED—2020 World Tai Chi and Qigong Day at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens — Vienna, VA —Fairfax County * URGENT NOTICE: World Tai Chi and Qigong Day events are POSTPONED until the "last Saturday in May" for 2020. #boostimmunitymonth Since public gatherings,...

Tai Chi Walk Step By Step Breakdown

Tai Chi Walk Step By Step Breakdown

Tai Chi Walk is usually practiced as a slow, fluid continuation of movement—a moving meditation. In this mini-class, I have broken it down and added pauses to assist in ingraining the anchor points. I have also added a pause to allow the bringing in of the knee for...

NIH Reports Tai Chi Extremely Beneficial for Fibromyalgia

NIH Reports Tai Chi Extremely Beneficial for Fibromyalgia

NIH just published an article explaining a new study from Tufts University and Brown University. Aerobic exercise is usually a core part of standard fibromyalgia treatment. It is the most commonly prescribed nondrug treatment for the disorder, which can...

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day Fairfax County, Vienna VA April 2019

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day Fairfax County, Vienna VA April 2019

Come enjoy 2019 World Tai Chi and Qigong Day Fairfax County At Meadowlark Botanical Gardens — Vienna, VA FREE! Demonstrations, Mini-Classes, Healing Garden and More!For nearly two decades, a quiet subtle phenomenon has grown across the planet. Each year, on the last...

VIDEO Piriformis Pain Relief – Reclined Movement

Piriformis Syndrome and Sciatica Pain Relief Many of my students suffer from piriformis syndrome and or sciatic nerve pain. These are two maneuvers that you can do lying down before you go to sleep and before getting up. For many people, can help bring relief. If...

VIDEO Piriformis Pain Relief – Standing Movement

Piriformis Syndrome and Sciatica Pain Relief Many of my students suffer from piriformis syndrome and or sciatic nerve pain. This is a standing maneuver that, for many people, can bring instant relief that can last for hours. If performed regularly, it can help...

In Memory of Tai Chi Great – Ben Lo

Benjamin Jeng Pang Lo (1927 – 2018), a Tai Chi teacher who has had a great influence on many Tai Chi practitioners, passed away on October 12, 2018. He was 93 years old. I felt this video to be a wonderful short documentary and view into the inspiration,...