Articles by Teachers and Students

Moving Meditation + Sitting Meditation = Winning Combination

People who practice the moving meditation of Tai Chi Chih count many benefits, including increased serenity, joy and health benefits. Here, a TCC teacher describes following sessions of TCC with sitting meditation as well. TCC for Meditators By LR, Seattle, Washington For the last three years I have enjoyed doing T'ai Chi Chih with a Buddhist meditation community, have taught classes at [...]

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Climbing Half Dome in Yosemite with TCC

As a person who doesn't like heights, I was facing the possibility of an extremely frightening experience - as well as one of profound beauty. Both opposites are often found in life experiences: birth, death and even marriage can seem frightening. A Daughter On The Mountaintop Experience, By T & J S, Minneapolis, MN My husband wanted to climb Half Dome during our trip [...]

The Joy of Becoming a TCC Teacher

Learning TCC is more than learning a set of movements. It’s also welcoming a growing awareness of the movement of the Chi and the wonderful cumulative effects of practice. Below, two newly accredited TCC teachers translate these unique experiences into words to inspire us all. TCC Accreditation in Pennsylvania  Compiled by AL, Prospect Park, PA My intention at the start of this [...]

Doing Less – Learning about Letting Go

A TCC student explains why sometimes doing "less" is doing "more." By L.S., Fort Collins, CO Reprinted by permission from the May 2016 issue of the TCC journal, The Vital Force. I'm one of a group of women in Northern Colorado on the path toward T'ai Chi Chih teacher accreditation in June. A few weeks after an intensive with Sandy, I was [...]

Just a Little Effort Brings a Lot

Reflections On Learning TCC … One Year Later By GH, Atlanta, Georgia I was introduced to T’ai Chi Chih at a retreat for women. In a beautiful mountain setting, with light streaming through the windows, I was amazed I could feel the energy. About a year later when another opportunity arose, I knew that despite my busy schedule this was something I [...]

Shift Beyond Your Comfort Zone

By AL, Prospect Park, PA Justin has said that if we do T’ai Chi Chih regularly, we will begin to enter into the Cosmic Rhythm. In fact we are all already in the Cosmic Rhythm, however practicing TCC consistently enables us to be consciously aware of being in the Rhythm. It’s been said that when a person becomes one with that Rhythm, [...]

Strength, Balance and Healthy Aging with TCC

Balance and leg strength are critical elements of healthy aging, research shows. Here, TCC teachers and students tell how the practice has helped them with both. A Gift Beyond MB, TCC student, Oxnard, CA A fall in Tanzania, another in Spain, and another in Vietnam. These were not harmless tumbles quickly forgotten; each caused significant injuries. Perhaps they signaled an end to [...]

Peace through TCC Practice

These articles from The Vital Force tell students’ stories of T’ai Chi Chih’s gifts. “I did my practice to find peace” By RH, Parma, Ohio  Without a doubt, the last 18 months have been the most difficult in my life. My son was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2012. From that day until his death in October 2013, and through [...]

You Might Even Call it Joy

Watching someone practice TCC, the grace is evident. Doing TCC, the benefits are clear. Teaching TCC, we pass on to students these precious movements in many ways beyond language. Teaching How To Let Chi Flow From The Center By C N-S, San Luis Obispo, California Letting The Form Move The Chi Teaching T’ai Chi Chih in a health club presents its own [...]

TCC from a Beginner’s Perspective: Thoughts from a Newbie

A TCC student describes her sudden awareness that “Chi is spreading like rings in water to other aspects of my life.”  By MSK, Seal Beach, California To be Present  One of my close girlfriends asked me why I liked this T’ai Chi Chih so much and what it was all about and it got me thinking. I have never tried any traditional [...]

It’s Monday: Got #Energy?

"T‘ai Chi Chih has changed my life,” say many people who practice TCC regularly. In fact, it's one of the most common statements of gratitude TCC originator Justin Stone heard from students over many years. Improvements in physical, emotional and mental health are enjoyed by students of all ages – children, teens, young adults, mid-lifers and seniors. The benefits are often quickly apparent to [...]

Reflections of a Senior TCC Teacher: All Benefit 100%

This longtime TCC teacher reflects on her current practice in Hawaii as well as her history as the first TCC teacher in Chicago. All Benefit 100% By HH, Mountain View, Hawaii I treasure our teacher community beyond words; the organic evolution keeps me Chi-ful. My practice and approach to teaching change as I "mature" (at 76 years young). I practice because it [...]

TCC Benefits: A Student’s Perspective

Reflections On Learning TCC ... One Year Later By GH, Atlanta, GA I was introduced to T’ai Chi Chih at a retreat for women. In a beautiful mountain setting, with light streaming through the windows, I was amazed I could feel the energy. About a year later when another opportunity arose, I knew that despite my busy schedule this was something I [...]

Years of Benefits from TCC

People who've done TCC for decades have experienced, and seen in others, a wide range of physical, emotional and spiritual benefits. Here, a TCC teacher from Maine tells his story. My Story By RR, Portland, Maine This is my journey. I went to my first T’ai Chi Chih class in Montclair, New Jersey, thinking it was a T’ai Chi Ch’uan class, which I [...]

Skating on Thin Ice

From aiding recovery after two knee replacements to guiding a student navigating "on thin ice," Tai Chi Chih aids in balance and in moving through life a little more smoothly. "TCC Appears in Everyday Action" by CW, Tupelo, Mississippi A competent young orthopedic surgeon recommended T'ai Chi Chih as a resource in my recovery from a total knee replacement four years ago, and reiterated the recommendation [...]

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