Tai Chi 8 form by Helen Liang

Practicing regularly Tai Chi 8 form taught by Master Helen Liang enables me to experience Qi flow easily. – Sifu Ricardo B Serrano

According to my Tai Chi 8 form teacher Master Helen Liang, have you had a hard time calming your “monkey mind” — a Buddhist term used to describe restless, unsettled thoughts?

On any given day, if we’re not stressed about the pandemic, we’re consumed by the “what ifs” swirling around our unpredictable world. It’s no wonder we’re exhausted, burned out, and feeling completely out of sorts.

Many people have turned to meditation to calm and center themselves, but for those of us who can’t easily quiet the busyness of our minds, what can we do?

The answer lies in the ancient Chinese martial art of Tai Chi.

Tai Chi is a beautifully choreographed slow-motion, low-impact practice renowned for calming the mind while reducing stress and clearing negative energies. It’s often described as “meditation in motion” because it engages both your mind and body — whereas exercise and meditation primarily engage one or the other.

Tai Chi has been shown for calming your mind, while dynamically strengthening your body and bringing balance back into your life. Using full circular movements, energy is circulated throughout the body, feeding and revitalizing it, allowing you to stay grounded in the moment.

Tai Chi’s purpose is to move your Qi, your life-force energy, throughout your body while also balancing your yin and yang — forces that are opposite but complementary to one another — to bring your whole being into harmony.

When practicing Tai Chi, the goal is to make the moves flow together — circular gestures that are not forced. There’s no difficult exertion — the muscles remain relaxed, your joints aren’t extended, and your connective tissue is flexible and pliable. Each pose requires a change in breathing, concentration, balance, and inner peace.

Although its movements are slow and gentle, Tai Chi also addresses the key components of fitness — it builds muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and to a lesser degree, some aerobic conditioning.

See Learn Tai Chi 8 Form from Tai Chi Master Helen Liang

List of movements for the Tai Chi 8 Form:

  • Reverse reeling forearms
  • Brush knee push
  • Part the wild horse’s mane
  • Wave hands like clouds
  • Rooster stands on one leg
  • Kick with Heel
  • Grasp the peacock’s Tail
  • Cross Hands

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