Who are these CDs for?
These CDs are for anyone either thinking about studying T'ai
Chi/Chi Kung, or for those already in practice. The intention of these guided
practices and exercises is to give a student the opportunity to
understand more deeply the intentions underlying the movements and
exercises of traditional practice. Beginner through advanced students will
all benefit from this information.
My 30 years of practice experience and teaching has led me to feel that
there is a severe lack of understanding of core principles in T'ai Chi
practiced in the United States. Rarely does practice go beyond going
through the movements of the form or other exercises. This might give
one some benefit from the gentle exercise aspect of practice but little
of the deeper, truly life-transformational potential of geniuine T'ai
Chi practice. As an internal practice, T'ai Chi is interested primarily
in what is happening inside, the feeling which allow us to go deeply
into both the physical and energetic levels.
These two CDs are the result of my good fortune to study with master
teachers who felt that Westerners were capable and worthy of receiving
the essence of T'ai Chi Ch'uan practice. In turn, I pass on the
knowledge that I was so fortunate to receive.
Description of Contents
Following the teaching of the Classics which tells us to
"move like the great river, be still like the mountain", CD 1 of this set is dedicated to movement principles, and CD 2 is dedicated to stillness.
The Movement CD contains five guided exercises covering
Centering, Relaxation,The Three Treasures, Heaven & Earth, and Yin & Yang.
The Stillness CD contains five meditations on
Centering, The Three Tan T'iens, The Micro Cosmic Orbit, Wei Chi, and Stillness. In each case I first introduce and elaborate upon each principle, then guide the listener through an exercise pertaining to that principle. Incidental music -- originally composed and professionally recorded for this CD -- demarks the exercises. Several brief readings from the
are also included to illustrate or illuminate the principles.