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How does practicing T'ai Chi Feel? It feels something like this..... 

Rising Phoenix T'ai Chi / Shoulders Down, Inc. 

You Are the Motion 

By Cate Morrill 

A white crane spreads its wings, a snake creeps down in the grass. 

A golden rooster stands on one leg, a jade phoenix nods its head. 

But you are not the observer, standing idly by, watching these beautiful movements in nature. 

You are performing them, creating them, feeling their energy, your “inner-chi.” 

You are taking in each breath with purpose, intention, 

filling yourself with a lightness, 

while opening your energy paths so the chi will flow freely. 

You are finding relaxation in powerful movements, 

and strength in yielding. 

You are experiencing the invigorating balance of Yin and Yang, the fluidity of balanced motion,

the peacefulness of a still mind,

and the joy of newly discovered sensations. 

 You are the instrument of this choreography, 

and the benefactor as well. 

You are also often laughing, shaking like a snake and 

mimicking a monkey. 

You are connected to the universe with the 

Golden Thread. 

You are in T’ai Chi class. 

Somewhere near, a 

Phoenix Rises

Exercise the uninjured arm 

Here is a very important article for you!


New research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has revealed that training one arm can improve strength and decrease muscle loss in the other arm — without even moving it. 

The findings could help to address the muscle wastage and loss of strength often experienced in an immobilized arm, such as after injury, by using eccentric exercise on the opposing arm. 

In eccentric exercises, the contracting muscle is lengthening, such as when lowering a dumbbell in bicep curls, sitting on a chair slowly or walking downstairs. Previous research has shown these exercises are more effective at growing muscle than concentric exercises, in which muscle are shortening such as when lifting a dumbbell or walking up stairs.


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