ABOUT

What is Tai Chi Yoga?

ABOUT TAI CHI YOGA

ABOUT TAI CHI YOGA: I am blessed to have peace of mind, flexibility, memory, energy, and balance. At 6' 3" my weight is the same as my college basketball days. My hair is still naturally brown - except for a few strands of silver that have started to appear at the temples. Even though I am 71, most of my friends say I look much younger. Better still, I feel younger. Why? Tai Chi Yoga.

When I do Tai Chi Yoga, I feel refreshed like I do while taking a shower. I feel myself unwinding and floating at the same time. I feel clearer in thought and wiser in mind. I sense more from the inside instead of the outside. I feel closer to others, nature, and God. It is the best part of my day.

Spring 1998

A TAI CHI YOGA ROUTINE 

My Tai Chi Yoga routines are structured accordingly: (1) a seated breathing exercise; (2) standing yoga movements; (3) tai chi movements; (4) reclining relaxation; (5) seated and reclining yoga movements; and (6) reclining relaxation and/or kneeling meditation. I have found  that the blending of tai chi and yoga into a single art form creates more profound benefits to the body, mind, and spirit than the practice of either discipline alone. It is like 1 + 1 = 3. 

You can see examples of my Tai Chi Yoga by clicking on the Videos

HOW TAI CHI YOGA BENEFITS US

The daily practice of Tai Chi Yoga improves concentration and memory. It prolongs youthful suppleness and condition. It restores grace of movement and balance. It generates energy within us. It enhances our inner awareness. It helps us feel our own spirit. And by sensing our own spirit, we can then sense Heaven's Spirit within us. 

Henry David Thoreau once said, "Heaven is beneath our feet as well as above our head". As we progress with Tai Chi Yoga, we come to feel the spirit flowing within our body. And when we have received the gift of the Holy Ghost, the daily practice of Tai Chi Yoga enables us to more profoundly feel the whisperings of that presence in our heart and mind.

Summer 1998

WHAT TAI CHI YOGA IS 

Tai Chi Yoga is a healing and meditative art form that I innovated in 1977 by blending tai chi and hatha yoga. Tai Chi Yoga is about doing; not achieving. No matter our age, size, or shape, we derive healing benefits by performing to our own level of flexibility and enjoyment; not by trying to push beyond what is comfortable for our body. 

Tai Chi is an ancient form of martial arts - considered the most passive of the martial arts. Its prevailing philosophy is "yield and overcome".Tai Chi has its origins in China. Today it is the most widely practiced exercise form in the world. Tai Chi is a series of circular, bent-knee, one-legged balancing movements done in rhythm with one's stomach breathing. It resembles ballet in slow-motion. Tai Chi is also considered the physical practice of Taoism, an ancient Chinese spiritual philosophy. 

Hatha Yoga is an ancient form of gentle stretching combined with deep breathing and reflective relaxation. Its slow movements consist of forward stretches, backward stretches, spinal twists, balances, and inverted positions. One's stomach breathing initiates movement into and out of a stretch. Yoga has its origins in India. 

Proper stomach breathing is essential to Tai Chi Yoga as well as everyday life. For example when we watch a baby breath, its stomach naturally inflates outward when inhaling and deflates inward when exhaling - like a balloon being filled and emptied of air. The absence of proper stomach breathing while performing Tai Chi Yoga greatly diminishes its benefits. The absence of proper stomach breathing in everyday life contributes to shallow upper chest breathing which deprives the body of sufficient life-giving oxygen it needs to fight aging.

Spring 1998