What's in the Autumn 2020 Issue?
Understanding the Hips and the Waist (parts 2 and 3)
Continued from part 1 in our Summer 2020 issue: Thoughtful investigation of the practices and writings of the past masters of tàijíquán (太極拳) reveals that success in the art is contingent on correct understanding and employment of the hips and the waist by the taijiquan practitioner. Understanding the hips and the waist is one of most difficult yet most rewarding challenges encountered within taijiquan training. By Sam Masich
Wading the Stream
Wading The Stream is one of Cheng man-ch’ing’s Eight Ways Chi Gong (Qigong) exercises. Practiced faithfully, the set mitigates the effects of aging and poor health supplanting them with vitality and a sense of heightened well being. Eight Ways offer ideas of how to carry yourself and tools to embody the ideas. Studying the Eight Ways guides you through understanding how your body should work and how, over time with practice, to thoughtfully correct ineffective biomechanical habits. By Sara & Michael Stenson
Even in China, most people do not know how much Fengshui can affect their health, even though many insist on creating good Fengshui for an ancestor’s burial spot or work hard to create a Fengshui living space to improve their potential for accruing wealth and fame. Only small groups of traditional Qigong and internal alchemy spiritual practitioners understand that good Fengshui channels the universal force, and can dramatically shift all aspects of their lives. By Master Zhongxian Wu
The Correct Internal Principles of Tai Chi:
Tai Chi Principles
In Tai Chi the objective is to unify and integrate the different aspects of one’s being with the aspects of the external world such that one is not only cognizant with all of the different aspects, but one and all become unified and integrated. This is achieved when all of the correct Tai Chi postures, the correct internal principles of Tai Chi, and the methods of Tai Chi practice have been learned and absorbed. They are the prerequisites; they are a vehicle to reach a higher level of Tai Chi. By GrandMaster Kellen Chia
We have a great selection of departments in this issue. “Five Common Mistakes in Tai Chi Push Hands” by Sara Kim Hjortborg describes five struggles that many people have when learning the pushing hands exercises in taijiquan. Steven Luo shares some interesting facts about the well-known Chinese Pandas in a short cultural tidbit. “Teaching Qigong Online: Zooming in on the Virtual Classroom” is a timely article from Kenneth S. Cohen on his experiences teaching during the pandemic and “Quarantine Life: Wellness Hacks from an Acupuncturist” by Snow Xia, L.Ac. gives us some tips for improving your emotional and physical well-being during the pandemic. A moving poem from one of our subscribers entitled “I Call These Words On My Dying Bed” by William M. Russell describes his thoughts and experiences as a COVID19 survivor. I hope you enjoy this, our 119th issue.