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8 Ways to Memorize the Tai Chi Form: Prevent Memory loss from Aging

Memory loss, Aging, Tai Chi

Tai Chi won’t just improve your health; practicing and learning the forms will improve your memory, too. According to Harvard Medical School’s Special Health Report, there are 7 ways to prevent memory loss that is caused by aging: Don’t smoke Maintain a healthy diet Get enough sleep Take vitamin supplements Cultivate healthy relationships Learn new things Exercise While most people are usually very pleased to be able to kill two birds with one stone, you can kill 3  birds (numbers 5, 6,...

Set and Go! 8 Reasons to Visit Alaska

Relaxation, Alaska, Travel

1. Beautiful coastlines Take a peaceful walk or enjoy a smooth ride along the coast. Enjoy the beautiful views and check out all the shops for tourists. 2. Majestic Mountain Foliage The mountains in Denali National Park are very colorful.  You can see strong but gentle clouds floating along the mountain tops. This is a kind of beauty I can’t fully describe; because I’ve never seen it anywhere else, I really have nothing I can compare it to.  Be sure...

Lao Tzu’s Secret Passage of Relaxation

relaxation , relax, Tai Chi, Cambridge Tai Chi, Lao Tzu, wisdom

The softest substance of the world Goes through the hardest. That-which-is-without-form penetrates that-which-has-no-crevice; Through this I know the benefit of taking no action. The teaching without words And the benefit of taking no action Are without comparison in the universe. — The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (Translated by Lin Yutang) It’s normal not to be relaxed Relaxation is not a normal state. We are trained to use force to do everything in our daily lives.  Pushing a door, lifting a...

Relax your body: Understanding the 8 Sections and 9 Joints

relaxation, Tai Chi, Boston Tai Chi

Many people want to become relaxed, but they can only relax part of their body. When they relax their hands, their shoulders might tighten. When they relax their shoulders, their waist might tighten.  In Tai Chi, you need your whole body to be relaxed. In order to relax, we need to understand Ba Duan Jiu Jie, which in English translates as, “8 Sections and 9 joints”. What are the 8 Sections of your body? 1. Shins 2. Thighs 3. Waist...

Enjoy More and Worry Less: Tea and Patience

relax, enjoy life, tea, Patience

I have many hobbies, including playing Go and Chess, practicing Tai Chi, Gardening, Chinese calligraphy, and making a cup of tea.  But all of the hobbies I enjoy have something in common, they all require patience. Finding Patience Brewing Tea I love tea because it helps me relax and it quiets my mind. Water is the mother of tea, and so water is the mother of this relaxation. Waiting for the water to boil slows down the pace of daily...

7 Habits — Confucius’ Healthy Eating Wisdom

8 Habits, Healthy, Wisdom, Confucious

Long before the US Department of Agriculture developed The Food Pyramid, Confucius (551-479 BCE) had already taught that he would never allow the quantity of meat to exceed the quantity of rice he took. How else did a sage like Confucius eat his meals?  Confucius recorded 7 eating habits that he believed would cultivate a wise and healthy lifestyle. 1. Prepare your food mindfully; cut everything into small portions that are easy to chew.  Make sure the food is fully cooked, and...