BALANCING OUR NATIONS' FINANCES
RESOURCES IS BELOW
Tai Chi Could Save "Tens of Billions of Dollars
Each Year" IN THE U.S. ALONE!
Falls are a serious risk for older adults. According to the
falls are the "leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries
for older Americans."
One study concluded that the issue appears to be getting worse;
self-reported falls among adults aged 65 or older increased from
28.2 percent in 1998 to 36.3 percent in 2010 ...
At short-term follow-up (under 12 months),
tai chi reduced the
rate of falls by 43 percent compared with other interventions
In 2013, the total cost of fall injuries was $34 billion
. The financial toll
for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages
and may reach $67.7 billion by 2020.
-- National Council on Aging
Scroll down for a ton of brilliant information on BALANCE
In his 2009 "State of the Union"
Obama called tai chi
one of the
exercises of the world.
Video on medical research of Tai Chi for Balance, and Balance Disorders
|A TIP for Students, A GREAT TIP for TEACHERS ...
EFFICACY: The #1 most important thing to learning Tai Chi or learning anything in our lives
Many Tai Chi teachers begin teaching Tai Chi because "Tai Chi came easy for them," they were naturals.
I, on the other hand, never ever even thought of being a Tai Chi teacher ... because Tai Chi came very difficult for me. But, in the end, this gave me a huge advantage as a teacher, because I understood how students who were struggling felt.
In class this week, I saw several students having difficulty following when I taught them a Tai Chi move. I explained it simply in steps, but they were confused. I could see their minds spinning with self doubt.
SO I STOPPED THE TAI CHI INSTRUCTION AND TOLD THEM A STORY ABOUT WHEN I WAS TRYING TO LEARN ...
I said, "After I finally learned Tai Chi I looked back and realized that it wasn't really the physical learning of Tai Chi that was my problem. The problem, looking back, was that when I was trying to learn Tai Chi, there was a voice in my head that kept saying, 'I can't do this! I can't do this! I can't do this!' There was no room in my head for anything else. But, as I began to let go of my mantra, 'I can't do this! I can't do this!' what was great was that not only did I have more room in my head to follow the Tai Chi movement, but I stopped berating and denegrating my abilities outside of Tai Chi as well. This was one of the greatest gifts I got from Tai Chi."
As I explained this to my students, I could see their eyes clear, and a light go off in their heads ... and lo and behold ... they were able to follow my simple instruction on the movement I was teaching that day.
-- Bill Douglas, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong," Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
Do you believe in "synchronicity"? Do Tai Chi & Qigong Affect it?
In one of my Tai Chi Meditation classes this week an engineer who is taking my class spoke about how he noticed experiencing incidents of "synchronicity" since practicing Tai Chi and Qigong Meditation ... solving a huge engineering issue at his company by noticing an "out of date" part on his company's website, and realizing that "that old part could fix a problem we're having in a current design." He walked out of his office after this epiphany, and asked a stock room employee who happened to be walking by his office with a cart if they had any of the old parts in inventory. The stock worker said, "No, we don't have any in inventory, but I have some here on the bottom of my cart, I was moving them out to the warehouse."
Some Tai Chi movers and shakers, like Sifu and author
Lawrence Gallente (
Tai Chi: The Supreme Ultimate
of Tai Chi
being the epitome of "synchronicity." Many Tai Chi experts believe that the same
way Tai Chi unites/connects/integrates the
Mental, Emotional, and
Physical body/awareness ... it also does
so by integrating the
microcosm of our individual being with the
of the universe around us.
This week's WTCQD newsletter (as you see above and below) is focused SOLELY ON TAI CHI AND BALANCE ... in nearly 20 years of writing these articles, I have written only one article focusing solely on "balance," but this week was the 2nd one in 20 years. YESTERDAY, I got an email from Sifu Greg P. Eisen in New York (who I'd never met), and he offered the brilliant "Balance Education Guide" he created for his classes to be published in our newsletter. See below in newsletter.
What are the odds?
Yesterday, I was also working on a "Tai Chi for Chronic Pain" video, and a man who was trimming my trees in the backyard started talking to me about his years of struggling with "Chronic Pain" issues ... and I had all that medical research from my video I'd been working on all morning to share with him.
Interesting timing, eh?
Physicists now know through "quantum entanglement" findings that everything in the universe is connected. Research at the
Noetic Sciences Institute
has found that consciousness is connected as well, and the Global Consciousness Project that came out of Princeton University research has discovered the same thing.
Tai Chi & Qigong's mind-body arts when practiced as meditative mindfulness experiences may possibly enhance our natural abilities to tap into synchronicity. I notice it happening more when I practice my Tai Chi and Qigong Meditation more frequently.
I know some Tai Chi'ers do not like to consider the consciousness aspect of Tai Chi ... but hey ... Taoist philosophy is a deep part of Tai Chi's evolution over the centuries ... and it is interesting and fun to explore all the aspects of Tai Chi, Qigong, and Mind-Body sciences.
We shouldn't be limited to just what we understand ... we should be free to let our minds play on the perimeters of our knowing.
BACK TO THE TANGIBLE ... TAI CHI FOR BALANCE ISSUES ...
Read on for some excellent information on Tai Chi and BALANCE.
-- Bill Douglas, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day
DID YOU KNOW THAT WORLD TAI CHI & QIGONG DAY WAS PART OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING'S CREATION OF AN "EFFICACY GUIDE FOR TAI CHI" TO HELP EXPAND TAI CHI PROGRAMS INTO SENIOR CARE AND FACILITIES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES?
Sifu Roger Jahnke
(2nd from right in red shirt), and World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Founder, Sifu Angela Wong Douglas (to Roger's right in blue shirt) ... part of national panel of Tai Chi experts commissioned by the National Council on Aging and the national YMCA
to create a national "Tai Chi Efficacy Guide" to help foster the formation of Tai Chi programs in YMCAs and senior facilities throughout the United States.
How does Tai Chi improve balance?
1) Postural Alignment
2) Sinking - Relaxation in Motion
3) The Unbendable Arm Effect
4) Moving in Every Known Angle
#1) Postural Alignment / Sinking
Research reveals that one of Tai Chi's greatest benefits for balance, is that it creates an "efficacy" or "confidence" in practitioners (including elderly ones).
The reason this improves balance is because when we are confident and relaxed we move more gracefully and steadily.
Remember in high school, on days you felt confident you walked smoothly and gracefully. However, on days you felt like a dork, you walked jerkily and unstead
"Sinking Your Qi"
#2) Sinking - Relaxing in Motion
The "sinking" that Tai Chi masters speak of is that sighing exhale where our shoulders relax down away from our neck ... and every part of our being "lets go" to sink onto the support of the Vertical Axis.
When we mindfully move in Tai Chi, filling a leg as we relax and sink into it ... before pivoting the other foot, thereby "emptying" that foot ... this adds to not only our proper postural alignment, but also to our stability, and to our state of relaxation ... especially around the core, pelvis, as we let ourselves "sink down into the hip" we are filling.
"Filling & Emptying, Vertical Axis
can prepare us mentally and emotionally to allow our physical body to "let go" deeper when moving in Qigong and Tai Chi Movements.
Sitting Qigong Meditation is great preparation for the below
UNBENDABLE ARM EXPERIENCE
"Sitting Qigong - Nei Gong Meditation"
#3) THE UNBENDABLE ARM EFFECT
The Unbendable Arm experience
is a great way to show students how much more powerful we are ... when we are relaxed. This illustration brings home a fact/truth that runs counter to the paradigm we were raised in that, "pushing" "effort" "strain" were the most effective ways to behave and live.
This reality that when we stand, move, and live more effortlessly ... we are actually more powerful ... is such an alien concept to the general public, that they need an impactful experience to shake them out of that illusion.
The UNBENDABLE ARM experience can provide that impactful experience.
"Unbendable Arm" experience, courtesy of
#4) Moving in Every Known Angle
As we go through the Moving Qigong and Tai Chi postures and movements we virtually move through every possible angle of motion the human body is capable of.
As we do this, we breathe, and loosen, to allow the tissue to warm and become more fluid and flexible ... but also we are sprouting new neural connections.
Proprioception is our awareness of where our body is in space. When we begin Tai Chi study our awareness of our body in space is nothing nearly as advanced and sophisticated as it will be as we practice Tai Chi for months and years.
This is because we are re-wiring our being, creating new neural connections between mind-body, left-brain - right-brain, etc. as we flow through all the myriad different motions that make up a Moving Qigong and Tai Chi repertoire.
The slow mindful motions of Tai Chi / Qigong contribute to this ... unlike higher impact exercise where the mind is thinking about other things, or pounding to loud music, or whatever.
"Liquid Yielding Nature of Tai Chi"
| The "mind" being part of the experience is a big part of the neuroplasticity that Tai Chi and Qigong facilitate ... which results in profoundly improve proprioception .... AND LESS FALLS AND INJURIES.
Reading a good book that has "idiot" in the title, is way more intelligent then missing out on a good book that has idiot in the title, don't you think?
See above video for what the world's top experts in Tai Chi said about this book.
THE UNBENDABLE ARM EXPERIENCE (above) SETS THE STAGE FOR STUDENTS TO UNDERSTAND/FEEL HOW TO "MOVE EFFORTLESSLY"
The EFFICACY that Tai Chi builds in practitioners comes from learning how to "let go" and "relax" into postures ... and then finding that we "do not fall" when we relax ... which enables us to relax even more ... fall less ... and gain more and more confidence.
"Horse Stance and Resistance Free Motion"
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Courtesy of Sifu Glenn P. Eison, New York
Adequately describing how helpful your newsletters are to me is difficult, there are not enough superlatives available. You are doing a wonderful service to the global community of people who wish to benefit from mind/body programs, not just Tai Chi. The acceptance of World Tai Chi Day and it surpassing political and religious barriers is wonderful.
I have been studying Tai Chi for many years and now instruct 4 classes weekly at the Tarrytown New York's Shames JCC on the Hudson. One of the major cruise lines also has me on the guest staff roster to instruct on the cruises ...
In past years some of the various teachers I had the privilege to learn Chen, Yang and Sun forms from included Dr. Shin Lin at the UC Irvine, Dan Lee in Pasadena, Dr. Paul Lam in Sydney and taking master classes with Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei. Your and Peter Wayne's books have also been great primers for me. These and other teachers have helped me to better learn the science of Tai Chi and how the body and mind benefits from its proper execution. I continue to learn from and observe others, not only Tai Chi practitioners, to improve my personal skill and knowledge.
In my classes, I focus on the science of the workings and needs of the mind and body and the lessons I've learned through Tai Chi. My role is to assist my students achieve the benefits of improved balance, breathing and circulation, mental focus and body flexibility with Tai Chi practice ...
Since the late 1960's I have been very involved in adult education, teaching business related subjects around the world as a management consultant. The most important lesson I've learned is that everyone learns differently and has different learning objectives and needs. Instructors who desire to effectively transfer useful knowledge to students need to understand how their students learn and what students need and desire to achieve from the instruction ...
I have attached three papers that I send every new participant in my Tai Chi practices:
Feel free to distribute them to friends or students, if you teach ...
- Overview of our practice sessions.
- Improving Balance and Reducing Fall Risk PowerPoint presentation I developed for organizations I lecture to on occasion.
- The Human Balance System article by the Vestibular Disorder Association.