"We need to learn how to move through conflict, violence and tragedy, for this too is part of the Tao." -Anthony Guilbert.
In this short, but fascinating conversation with writer, Anthony Guilbert, about his new book: Notes From the Drift, the teapotmonk discusses travel, fluidity, movement and how we can both interpret and employ the concepts from Taoism into our own lives.
Anthony Guilbert may be a name familiar to some of you. As well as being a writer, lecturer, poet, spiritual anarchist and martial-artist he is well known for his successful online journal - Into Mountains Over Streams.
This month, Anthony launched a new publication - Notes From the Drift - a beautifully interwoven collection of observations and reflections on travel, time, change and adaptability. Anthony kindly gave me a little of his time early one morning this week (5 a.m) to talk about the book, his thoughts on 21st century Taoism and the importance of what we each can give to the world.
You can listen to the interview here or download it from your fave podcast app. You can also catch the unedited video interview on Youtube and of course, you can track down his book on Amazon or from his web site (listed below with discount codes) for the gorgeous paperback version.
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Translated into 4 languages, released over 7 years ago and voted by many as the best book that contains the number 50 in its title, "This is Tai Chi - 50 Questions and Answers" still enjoys enthusiastic support and appreciation by many new (and not so new) to the fascinating art.
An Audible Update
Perhaps because of its longevity, I kept wanting to update the book, but felt if I were to tamper with it too much, like Lao Tzu's fried fish, it'd begin to fall apart. With some things it's better to step back and leave things well alone. Yet...I wanted to do something, I felt I needed to reconnect with the book and so, decided that I'd release the audio version to see if that satisfied my creative needs.
Well, it was fun, I'll say that. Unfortunately, I couldn't release it with the sound effects or backing tracks I wished as the distribution companies were not keen. Yet here it is in all its vocal splendour - you can listen to a sample below.
It's available on Audible, Scribd, Kobo and most online audiobook suppliers. However, if you want it direct from the mOnk you can get it on Gumroad, here - bundled with the ebook together for less than $10. (Bargain of the century).
Anyway, back to the main reason why I expect you are reading this. The main distributor for the audiobook - Findaway Voices - has given me a bunch of codes to give away. I've already sent out some to subscribers on my list (What! You didn't know? Well, join the list here and don't miss out next time!) Findaway has these codes to give away. I have a few left if you would like one - perhaps in exchange for a review on Amazon or another platform? One thing: You'll need to be based in the USA I'm afraid, as the codes only work there at the moment. If you'd like one, shoot me an email here and I'll send you your personal downloadable code.
Last month we traced that abstract movement. This month, it has returned to the physical level as my new Form course appears and the accompanying new book arrives on Amazon. The question on everyone's lips is: Will the mOnk be expelled from the Internal community, excommunicated by schools across the globe? Why? Because he’s gone and devised his own Tai Chi Form!
Tai Chi Evolution
I suppose it all came about when I began to learn Tai Chi back in the 1980’s. In my first year I learnt 3 different styles - since then I have forgotten all but one (before you ask me to demonstrate all 3). I loved the diversity of the Forms, the range of techniques and the manifestation unique to each.
Yet within each style, there was, and still is, an unwritten law: You don’t tamper with the Form. Of course, history has shown this to be utter nonsense. With every new generation there is at least one student who alters either the number of postures, the order of the postures, the name of the style, the font on the calling card, the cut of the satin suit or the angle of the moustache worn by sifu.
But, this is generally hushed up.
Lineage, tradition and reverence is reinforced by a wall of silence.
But being a bit of an irreverent mOnk I like to play around when I hear the deafening sound of silence, I want to explore the borders, dancing over demarcations and fixed steps to see what lies on the other side.
The Flexible Tai Chi Form
A little while back, I released a short Form Course, teaching what I call the Flexible Form. A Form that starts with just 10 steps and grows, according to time, energy and the space you have to practice. I was surprised at the number of people keen to take a look, to try it out.
It made me think: Perhaps there is still room for yet more creativity in the martial arts. Perhaps, there remains an interest in something other than the hotly debated martial interpretations, the denial or dependency on the presence of Qi (yawn, excuse me!). It matters little if the application of an internal energy strike using Heel Breathing can cure your kidney stones or disarm a knife attack. The debate misses the bigger question: Is the art still alive or is it only a flickering display on the wall of Plato's cave?
I'm not knocking any of those practices by the way. You can practice Tai Chi for martial or health reasons. It's all the same to me, but I do think we should address the question of how we maintain life in the art beyond the tired formulae of teaching Form, beyond the subjectivity of the single lethal strike. What are we doing about affordability, availability, time-tables, space-issues, memory muscles, choreography and balance? Quoting succulent passages from the Tao Te Ching or being able to locate the Chen village in Google Maps isn't going to hack it.
To accompany the course, I released a book - Beginners Guide to the Tai Chi Form - (yes, an online course and book together!). Hardly original I know, but blame the Algorithm Gods for that. Make no mistake, however, you won’t know my Form - as it's not one from the major schools - but, thats the point. Do you now see what I'm saying?
I hoping so, because just maybe, you'll be inspired to create a Form of your own. To take my little example and with it create something of real beauty. There, I've said it. An admission to the Internal Arts Crime Investigation Board. If you never hear from me again, you’ll know I've been executed by a Chen Village ninja.
It wasn't that long ago that Chinese teachers were forbidden to teach non-Chinese. Things changes slowly - and it took the effort of many brave individuals to prise open the schools to other races. (read Charles Russo's excellent book Striking Distance). Now-a-days the argument is all about what you can tamper with and what is is sacrosanct. 21st Century practitioners started with the uniforms, the haircuts and the jargon. Now it's time for the Forms - that organised mess that Lee described.
So get inspired to create your own patterns. Use your experience, use your intuition, use your spirograph if necessary - but create and in the act of creation push back the boundaries of what we know. Let me know what come up with.
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If, like me, you have ever raised a quizzical eyebrow when Sifu Simon preached on the one true interpretation, the one true, authentic, verifiable, unalterable, untouchable Tai Chi Form...then listen on.
Because if, like me, as Sifu continued his monologue, you pondered on the 120 Form variations that now exist - and asked yourself: How can there be a single one true Form? If so, then like me, you may have concluded that the Form is not as sacrosanct as we are made to believe.
This month the teapotmonk explores the contradictions and vagaries of the Tai Chi Form and asks if we should not boldly go where no one has gone before.
What is the Tai Chi Form & is it always the same?
When anyone thinks of learning Tai Chi, they generally think of the flowing, harmonious sequence of postures called The Form. These are not exclusive to Tai Chi - though the emphasis, pace and attention to body synchronisation is perhaps more focused, but similar Forms do exist in all martial arts. In the Japanese arts of Karate, kendo, Judo and Aikido for instance, the sequences of moves are called kata. In the Chinese arts they are called Forms, and irrespective of the martial art you practice, you will see many parallels amongst these patterns.
What are the differences between the different Forms?
However, martial artists do like to define and categorise things, they like to put things into styles and sub-styles, variations and derivations. They generally like to pigeonhole things. They like to know - that others know - where they sit on the great hierarchical table of life. So they enthusiastically don belts of certain colours, satin suits with sashes or headbands with the logo of the school. As a result of this top-down organisation, they have decided to place all the arts into two camps - external and internal. What is meant by these is often a little vague, but whats novel about that in the martial arts?
The truth about categories is that all arts draw on as many sources of energy and strength as possible - muscular and tensile, straight and circular, fast and slow, soft and hard. It is in the nature of things, at least the 10.000 things that comprise the universe - according to Taoist theory. (But let's not go there, for that's returning us to the land of vagueness once more).
However, Tai Chi is still seen as “different” by other martial artists, partially because it is taught as a system of health care, as an ideology, and as a system of selfdefense. Additionally, it also emphasises a single Form . This may be either a long or short Form, old or new, large or small frame, caffeinated or decaffeinated. Whichever it is, most Tai Chi styles concentrate on a single empty-handed Form for several years - whereas in karate for instance, you may learn a dozen Forms in the the same time a Tai Chi practitioner learns the one.
Are there many different Forms?
There is no universal Form. You may be surprised to know that amongst the main half-dozen styles of Tai Chi Chuan practised throughout the world, there exists over 120 different Tai Chi Forms each with their own number of moves ranging from 4 to over 200.
Over 200? I'm wondering if I have time in this life?
It’s a complicated scenario for the new student to make sense of and one that results in a lot of beginners never finishing their course. This is why I, and other teachers teach a variety of Forms that help new students. For example, teaching beginners a simple 10 step Form as separate postures - and then linking them together in a flowing and harmonious way.
Are Tai Chi Forms changeable?
If we look at one of the most closely traced lineage systems - that of the Chen Tai Chi style - we can see that even this traditional Form has changed with the times. Introducing different lengths, variations and frames…whilst other styles, such as the globally popular Yang Style, appears to have undertaken a path of consistent adaptation and evolution since its onset.
How does this happen?
Usually, upon the death of a head teacher from one school, students start squabbling immediately as to how best to continue the lineage. They generally fall into two camps: those that wish to remain faithful to the teacher - maintaining all the historical errors and refusing to change a single thing, whilst in the other camp, those that see the head teacher as a human being with personal bias, failings and (most likely towards the end) somewhat blind to the changes needed to bring the art into the present century.
After many attempts to reconcile the two camps, they fail to agree so go their own ways, and the style proceeds to split into smaller and smaller camps, each with styles that - to an outsider - vary only in pronunciation or colour of satin suit. Cue the Judean People's Liberation Front debate.
This is a process that has gone on (and on) and continues up until the present day. And although on the surface this appears to be the result of ego and petty in-fighting, it is perhaps, an inevitable consequence when any control-freak dies as head of a powerful family. Children will argue and eventually go their own ways.
To beginners - and this is something those immersed in these arguments forget - it all sounds like children arguing - which in a sense is exactly what it is. It appears at best nonsensical or irrelevant, at worst incestuous and self-destructive.
Yet, we are left with a dilemma: the number of postures in a Tai Chi Form, the order of postures or even the intention behind the postures varies so much between schools, between practitioners of the same school, between students of the same teacher - that any claims of exclusive application or interpretation are - as Chuang Tzu would say - increasingly laughable.
Does this mean I can make up anything I like?
Clearly not, though looking back at some of the divisions and manifestations that have appeared over the last century, some people think so.
We do have, for reference, what is known as the Tai Chi classics - that compilation of writings by teachers and students over the years that describes the principles we should aspire to. However the classics are, as is the nature of Tai Chi, extremely vague and suffer from large doses of ambiguity, leaving us all free to interpret what we want and how we want.
For me there is another reference that I would suggest and that is the Tao Te Ching . Now some of you may say - hold up Mr teapot - thats not Tai Chi, and even were it so, it's equally as vague as the Classics. And I’d have to agree - to some extent. But, it has a longer history of interpretation, especially into English and consequently it has had more time to adapt and apply itself to a western audience. Just take a look at the versions by Ursula le Guin or Ron Hogan or take a look at this list of best interpretations.
Personally, I would go to the Tao Te Ching for my source material. Some of you, no doubt, would disagree. And that's as it should be.
I'll leave you with one last thought: go forth and create, but bear in mind a couple of additional factors (of my own:)
The Teapot List
For more on The History of the Tai Chi Form - look out for the new book due out next month by Paul Read on Amazon or nip over and explore the new Online Short Course : The Tai Chi Form . You may also be interested in these article on the Tai Chi Form.
This month things have been a little hectic in the teapot temple. I've been rethinking how to connect with people both locally and from a distance and come up with some new ideas about Ways of Learning. I've written before about the shortcomings of the traditional teaching methods, and we all know about the limits of Online Learning - but it's an evolving scenario and one that shifts and flows every time I glance over at it.
So whats been happening? Well, a new course has gone up on Udemy - focussing on the Tai Chi Form. Rather than try and reproduce a standard version from one of the major schools - I've opted to extract 12 universal postures, break them down into footwork and arm patterns, then reconstruct them in a short and simple sequence for anyone to practice, irrespective of time, space or memory limitations. To this, I've added 4 - PDF downloads as reference material and 2 audio guides for practising away from the screen. This will be backed up by a Live FaceBook session next month and other stuff (to be announced). It's by and far the most complete offer beyond a class-like situation.
Download the sample audio file above ( If you have problems, email me and I'll send you a copy) or play it in the player provided. It may not make too much sense away form the course, but the idea is to supplement your video training with an audio file that you can download to your phone, plug in your headphones and and have it with you for the moments when you are in the park or on the terrace, in the garden or just at home and want to practice, but do not want to turn on a screen.
So what else? Well, I'm also offering FREE Saturday Morning Tai Chi classes on the beach in Devon if you are down this way. All you need to do is find me on the Meetup app or website and RSVP a place. These sessions will reproduce the Short Form and the Breathing exercise Courses that you can find here - but add a real-time class situation to your training.
The Use and Abuse of Titles in the Arts
Adopting two countries, languages and cultures is an interesting balancing act. It is one that keeps me always thinking about ways in which I can still do the things that are important - from a distance.
Recently, I've been distracted as usual, by events in Spain. As some of you know, I’ve lived and worked a good chunk of my life in Spain - a country, it is said, of sunshine, siestas, bullfights and corrupt politicians. Although at the moment I am in the UK, my heart and spirit still resides overseas. Particularly this week as a particular crop of dodgy fruit got booted out of the Olive Press.
But I digress,
Teaching in New Formats
Since I stopped teaching a local Tai Chi class a while back, I’ve been putting that energy and time into finding alternative ways of sharing knowledge and skills: through social media, Meetup groups and exploring online channels such as this resource for all things tasty and downloadable.
All this has meant redefining what is meant by teaching , not because the technology has advanced to the point I can teach holographically or in a way more authentically than in a class room. Clearly this is still not the case. It has, however, meant I can devote more time to other content, another curriculum, and another audience. 3 things not to be sniffed at in the repetitive world of classes, workshops, classes and more workshops.
This last month for example, I’ve been compiling a new course on learning the Tai Chi Form - exploring not only the postures, but why it's taught the way it is, the length it is, the format and the process. Eventually, asking myself questions about its adaptability and relevance in these times. This is something I would never have done, if I’d carried on teaching the same way these last 25 years: following the same format, working posture by posture alongside the same level group etc. With space and distance, you can explore other aspects of teaching and introduce new forms of content
So online teaching has been one area of work, but other formats challenging the classic weekly session appear more and more. Let me tell you briefly about one.
Most of you will have heard of Airbnb - the online accommodation alternative to rip off hotels, smelly old B&B’s and monopolistic tourist complexes.
Well, at last in the Uk Airbnb, the newest monopolistic digital platform - have introduced the Airbnb experiences. You can now book time with people, learn their skills, soak up a little of their energy and enthusiasm. And this has given me an idea as to another way of teaching.
I’ll explore this concept more in future podcast that will focus on technology and teaching , Meetups, Experiences and Online platforms - but for now, anyone interested can do a search on Airbnb Experiences, or the MeetUp website and track me down in, Devon and see what sort of stuff I’m playing with. All very beta, but curious.
The unreliability of Lineage and Tradition
All of this has brought me round to thinking about not only what we convey when we teach, but how we convey it. You see, traditionally one conveyed skill, experience, knowledge by hanging or displaying in prominent areas of your dojo, certificates, coloured belts, uniforms, hairstyles, adopted names, initials, and family tree charts. Sadly, many still rely too much on this method.
Although this did give newcomers some point of reference, the Chinese arts just don’t do this too well. Without certificates, they have had to rely more on those dubious friends: lineage and tradition. Yet even here, these values have been questioned. Often, an over reliance on lineage and inter-school tradition leads to an incestuous complacency, a stagnation of ideas and techniques that freezes an art in time and space until - an outsider emerges to nudge things on - to encourage a little evolution. Any brief look over the history of Tai Chi will show dozens of such cases.
Take a look at images of Tai Chi grandmasters, satin suits, pony-tails, collections of adoring students at their side - and then, look to see how Tai Chi is marketed today. See any parallels?
This is why I've little time for lineage, for family names, for titles in the world of Tai Chi and martial arts. Though I understand why teachers cling to the labels of Sifu, Sensei, Master, Guru, I'm not one to participate.
You just don't get this antiquated language elsewhere in the arts. For a number of good reasons. Adopting titles separates and divides people. It creates distance between people, it seeks not to bridge differences, but to highlight them. Now this is perfectly fine if you are an aristocrat, Senator, Ambassador, Councillor, Your Majesty, Professor, Doctor, Captain, General, Your Holiness…these titles, ranks, these hierarchical labels all bind together to form a class of people who benefit from their use. They exist because of the benefits they provide. Labels and titles and badges do this. But take them away...and what . have you left?
It's this fixation on names, titles, certificates, family lineage that - in theory - is meant to denote competency, but, these days means little at all. Such terms once did when there was no alternative, but now we have other tools, and anyway, they have long since been hijacked by social media and every corporate organisation, every new-age group, blogger, alternative cafe or whole food library in town. They have become sad cliches of the 21st century,
If you really must use another name, use one that no-one will be taken seriously. Such as teapotmonk. No one is going to think that such a lineage really exists, and for anyone unsure, let me set the record straight (as if it needs pointing out): I'm neither a teapot, a monk, a Taoist or a Tai Chi master (Sifu, Sage, Sensei, Guru etc). I reject labels or any other description that separates people.
Drop the titles. Drop the cliches. Become Who You Are. (Oops, see how clichés can so easily slip in. Apologies.)
Nonsense or no sense?
Feel free to disagree and tell me why I'm wrong. Leave a comment on any social media platform, and I'll attempt to defend my position. Without being defensive ... if you know what I mean. But I really don't see what is wrong in using instructor, trainer, coach. It may mean your students will bow less, and perhaps not sweep the floor before you arrive, but maybe you should be paying for a cleaner?
In the meantime, do take a look at the Airbnb Devon experience, or the Meetups - it's an interesting slot that has opened up, and although you may not wish to come and train with me for a morning, it might give you some ideas about how you can vary your Tai Chi offerings to people in your Area.
And watch out for the new course on the Tai Chi Form. If you've done my Complete Tai Chi course, or the Tai Chi Sword Course, you'll have an idea of how these things work.
The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life by Michael Puett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There just aren't enough books out there that convey the practicality of early Chinese philosophy to English readers. Most are swimming in mysticism and caricature, doggy-paddling frantically in all directions in their attempt to stay afloat in the eyes of the unsubscribed.
Puett manages to do what others have failed, partly because he leapfrogs between Confucious and Mencius, Laotzi and Zhuangzi and in so doing breaks our preferences for one over the other, and partly because he chooses a language that resonates with the healthily sceptical.
In his leap-frogging, his doggy-paddling and his sewing of conceptual threads, he transports us back and forth between an abstract cultural and historical point centuries ago and the practical needs of the 21st century citizen. If scrumptious could be said of a book on philosophy, then this would be that book.
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We talk a lot in Tai Chi about theories. Theories on this, theories on that. Theories on how to disarm a rampaging rhino with Ward-Off Left. Theories on how to disarm a nuclear North Korea using just the Tai Chi Fan Form. Some may rightly point out, that this means Tai Chi people talk too much, that they should learn to listen more. Others point out that learning a martial art is only viable, when you live in a society that is founded on fear. But are there other ways to combat fear that learning to overpower others?
Mencius and Living Without Fear
"Make time, act and always reward people for the things they do, - for this is how to implement change. It’s easy and you can begin right now."
So how do we live without fear? How do we:
These qualities depend on as much as what you don’t have, as what you do,
Forget grand gestures, grand donations - focus instead on the small moments.
For we are small people after all, on a small planet, in a rather small solar system. Recognising our smallness can help in taking action. Taking small steps in showing people we care, showing how to share, showing how to engage in this life of unpredictability.
The unpredictability of life
The Chinese philosopher Mencius wrote that every day, events happen to us. These events are often outside our control, despite our best plans, despite writing a most thorough to-do list, despite designing the most detailed of spreadsheets. Some things just happen. And these things don't always turn out well.
Mencius called this the unpredictability of life, and although, we cannot always control these events, we can control how we respond and how we interact with such endless streams of unpredictability.
Unless we learn to do this, he said, we will live life controlled by the things that happen to us - the things we cannot always control or predict - and “our fate will be to die in shackles".
Lets look at an example
In most martial arts we learn that when someone strikes out, we block, parry or we instinctively strike back. It's the trained reflex. The conditioned response: If you press your nuclear button, I'll press mine. This training - to respond in kind - Unleashes the worst in ourselves, and in turn unleashes the worst in others. But in Tai Chi we are taught something else, we are taught a 3rd option - and that is to yield.
Yielding is an interesting concept. It doesn’t mean, that when someone strikes you accept it, It doesn’t mean you take a blow to your head by absorbing a punch with your teeth or eye. But neither do you strike back, unhesitatingly, instinctively, as a reflex.
These responses are what Mencius called standing under a falling wall and then saying it was your fate to be killed by that wall. Instead. He suggests we learn to step out from beneath the falling wall. To step out from its shadow and live in the light. In Tai Chi that is called yielding.
Now....combine the element of Yielding with the philosophy of timing, known as Wu Wei, and you get to choose not only how to respond, but how to live.
Mencius said. Learn to work with everything that comes your way.
Make time, act and always reward people for the things they do, - for this is how to implement change. It’s easy and you can begin right now.
Mencius said we must resolve to become the best human being we can be - not because of what eventually we will get out of it, what we will earn, or for the thumbs up we will receive. But simply in order to do good, and in the act of doing good, set an example to others around you. Little by little - small token effort by small token effort - nothing grandiose - just small actions we can take each moment of each day - and turn that moment into a general good,
For Mencius, one person can indeed affect change: think Martin Luther King, think, Gandhi, think Jon Snow
And together - well together - by choosing unity over division, by seeing what we have in common over what separates us, we can choose a life without fear.
3 MORE AUDIO DELIGHTS
1. - Virtual Not Distant Podcast
Listen to the Interview on 21st Century Work-life with the mOnk talking about Teaching, Online Activity and Tai Chi.
2. - 50 Questions Audio (and ebook)
Why listen to a book on Tai Chi? Surely it should be read, studied, analysed for postures and elbow angles? Not with the mOnk, -better to forget about the geometry until you have mastered the concept.
3. - Second part of the podcast: Don't Die in Shackles
Finally, the long-awaited 2nd-part to the podcast series on FEAR - in which the mOnk scratches the surface of Mencius and his ideas on the unpredictability of life and how to live with generosity. Listen to Part 1 here and Part 2 here. - or (if you insist on using your eyes) read the abridged summary below.
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Why do people begin a class of Tai Chi? Over the last 25 years I've had people come to my classes for all sorts of reasons: wanting to learn to fight like Donnie Yen, wanting to learn to walk over rice-paper like Kwai Chang Caine, wanting to be able to hum 'Give Peace a Chance' whilst cooking an omelette, wanting to levitate, gravitate or salivate in front of relatives... the list goes on and on. But most people, if I'm honest, amble in through the hallowed doors of the teapot-temple in search of useful ways to help them find better health and to deal with stress. They may not call the issue stress, they may refer to it as insomnia, nerves, lack of confidence, poor balance, an absence of coordination or a sense that life is passing them by and they are watching from the sidelines. So they begin a class and thats when they discover the true power of Tai Chi.
SO WHAT IS STRESS?
Is stress something new that requires modern tools, or is it something that has been around awhile and that were we to look back over time, we would find a whole series of interesting answers there? In Michael Puett's excellent book: The Path, he explores many of these questions regarding the applicability of Chinese ideas and thoughts to the 21st century and concludes that, surprisingly, a lot of our modern day aliments have have actually been circling around for centuries.
It was after reading his book that I thought how useful it would be to organise a short course dealing with something we think of as a new phenomena, but in truth has been part of work pressure and home life for as long as we can remember (and as long as our antecedents can remember too). Hence, I set out to create a new short on how we can use Tai Chi to find better health and to deal with stress. Because the answers were already out there, centuries ago.
The course is structured over 5 Sections:
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Unlike many practices that focus exclusively on re-thinking or changing our attitude, Tai Chi backs up it's ideas and philosophy with practical exercises that have been used for centuries. These exercises, like many of the practices in Tai Chi, have been gradually developed for dealing with all types of conflict, and it is the conflict we find each day in our work or home environment that places such demands on our mind and body.
Each of the 5 sessions consist of 2 approaches. The first is an emergency first aid kit: A series of exercises and approaches to dealing with stress - as and when it arises. Something useful for the moment that can be drawn upon immediately.
The second approach works by selecting a few of the postures from the Tai Chi Form that incorporate measures for balance, co-ordination, posture, rooting and yielding and all serve to build our capacity to deal with stress over the long-term.
GIVE IT A SPIN
Like to take a look? Curious as to see how it could be incorporated into your practice?
Watch the video below, or nip over and take a look at the course structure.
Or check out all the teapotmonk courses over at Tai Chi Online.
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