YOGA AND TAI CHI DIFFERENCES

Hello once again and welcome back to MY TAI CHI BLOG WEBSITE.  I have been asked by many of my students and clients if Yoga and Tai Chi are the same, since they both incorporate meditation, hence the reason for this post.

YOGA and TAI CHI’s founding principles do differ and both have little in common with each other.  Tai Chi is a martial art intended for use in combat, but the Tai Chi that I promote focuses on managing energy with the universe for complete health and longevity.   Yoga focuses on creating complete health to facilitate a full union of mind, body and spirit.  Both practice non-violence

While both Yoga and Tai Chi apply breath control, movement and meditation for whole health, how each approaches them differs sharply.  Take BREATH for example; Yoga aligns the movement of poses with breath.  In traditional Hatha yoga, poses are held for a certain number of breaths.  Vinyasa yoga or Flow yoga requires participants to move from pose to pose, linking an inhale or exhale to each movement.

Tai Chi encourages it’s participants to breathe slowly and deeply, but not to consciously force alignment of movement and breath.  The breath will come naturally with each movement as practice continues outside the DOJO or training center.  The movements themselves are slow and flowing and the poses are choreographed to flow into one another, not held like yoga stances.

Check back soon for more on Tai Chi and Yoga.  Thank You!

From the Hearth, this is Cricket saying good night!

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UNDERSTANDING PERFECTION

Goooooood morning world;

It’s 4:05 in the morning on February 27, 2017.  Already two months into the new year.  Even tho it’s dark outside, it’s going to be another perfect “10” day.

I have been studying the symbol of Yin/Yang so that I might understand myself.  To understand the Yin and Yang is to begin to understand one’s self.

When you look at the symbol, what is it you see?  Do you see only the curving lines, the black and white inside a circle or do you contemplate the meaning of the circle, the shape of Yin/Yang and the color.

Every time I look at the symbol, I see something different.  If I look at the white teardrop, there is a small circle of black within it.  The black teardrop has a small circle of white.  

These represent the light and dark of our souls.  No matter how good our lives appear to be, there is a small portion of darkness that is there and the same holds true for the dark colored teardrop.  These remind me that there is “NOTHING” perfect this side of eternity.

There is no such thing as perfection, only “perceived” perfection.  This helps us to learn to be happy and content with the imperfection of our own being!

Later! 

Winter Blues

Gooooooood morning to all,

 It’s February the 15th,2017, the day after Valentine’s Day!  Hope your day was super fantastic!  I had to postpone my day due illness in the family.

Anyway, I wanted to send all of you out there a little hope in the fact that winter won’t last forever.  Whether it is the winter of the natural or the winter of our souls when it is hard to warm up from the grey skies and blizzards that we experience in our lives.

Soon the weather will begin to change and the temperature will rise and we will be once again walking barefoot in the sands along the shores of our imagination.

The thought I wish to leave with you this morning is this, just know that you are cared about and knowing that I hope will help brighten the darkest, bleakest winter day!

Thoughts from Cricket on the Hearth!

October 9, 2016

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The White Tiger!  Shirotoro in Japanese.  Beautiful, majestic creature.  Power in every step, confidence in every stride.  Tai Chi is not just in nature.  Tai Chi “IS” nature!  Balance is required in everything!  Whether it is in business, personal, spiritual, balance must be maintained or else everything begins a downward spiral towards the black hole of nothingness.

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White Tiger Posture

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Tai Chi Posture

The White Tiger!  Shirotoro in Japanese!  You can see the balance, the agility.  Power in every step and confidence in every stride.  Tai Chi is not just in nature, it “IS” nature in balance.  Tai Chi will give you power in your step and confidence in your movements.  Do not see Tai Chi as slow movements being performed but be Tai Chi and flow in the movement.  Be like Shirotoro and flow in the movement.

Tai Chi Wave Energy

Tai Chi is know as “Meditation in Motion” or a “Dance of Creation!”  Tai Chi is known as a gentle martial art where defense is used to ward off the “hard” strikes and kicks of karate!

The Tai Chi that I instruct is for health and the well being of a person’s body, mind, spirit.  The lessons that we have been taught growing up affect us either positively or negatively and will help heal the way we think about our bodies or damage our self image and eventually crush our spirit.  Tai Chi will help bring us to balance in our lives, our bodies, our minds and our spirit.

If you view Tai Chi as the ocean you can see how the energy and our life force is like the tide, ebbing and waning.


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Good evening to you world,

Another day has come and gone. In our hectic business, we take for granted that which is given to us. The air that we breathe, the water we drink, the food that we eat. Our lives, no…our very existence depends on them. So what do we do, we squabble and argue over petty, little things that don’t mean a thing. It is my belief that the world would be a better place if we all would remember what Charles Dickens wrote;

“There is never enough time to do or say all that we would wish! The thing is to do as much as you can in the time that you have!”

No man knows the hour or the day, it just happens, and suddenly you are not there any more!

It is my hope as well as my intention to continue to be Life’s philosopher in the days that I have and that you, my readers as well as my friends may learn and understand what is being conveyed and practice it in your own lives and pass it forward!

This is Cricket signing off! Have fantabulous forever! If our paths cross, GREAT!!! If not then I will see you on the other side! Good nite!

Masters of Mind!!!

Hello everyone;

It’s a beautiful day today in PA! It rained a little this evening, but all in all it was a beautiful day! Anyway, what I would like to talk about is becoming “Masters of Mind” rather than “Mastered by “Mind”!

If our lives are what our thoughts make it, don’t you think it would be in our best interest to learn to “Master” our minds? By that I mean that we need to change our negative thinking to more positive thought if we don’t like what we are seeing in the present. Move your thoughts from your head, to your heart and “BELIEVE”! Only then will you begin to see great and marvelous changes start to happen in your lives.

STOP being pre-occupied with what you think needs mastering or fixing. START to see beyond your roles, beyond your responsibilities, beyond your obligations. Focus on the visions of what YOU would like to make happen!

Remember what I have quoted in previous posts about changing the way we see things; “When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change!”

Unclutter and uncloud your thought life of unnecessary things because no matter what season you find yourself in, you need to remember that this is the BEST season of your life! Allow your heart to fulfill its purpose, the purpose of knowing yourself, be yourself and yet be one with the Creator!

Your vision will become clear ONLY when you look into your heart! Those who look outside, DREAM! Those who look inside, AWAKENS! Dare yourself to be SUCCESSFUL today! Unleash the POWER that is within you! Unleash your influence! Believe yourself to be an impact on your surroundings instead of your surroundings being an impact on you! When you become an impact on your surroundings, it becomes infectious! Continue to look at yourself and your surroundings through the eyes of what IS working, your present strengths, your potential! Block out any distractions, create a focal point of concentration, stay alert, stay inspired until you have maximized ALL there is to gain!

Remember; you are talented! Remember; you are “YOU”nique!!!

Cricket!!!

A Glorious day!

Goooooooooood afternoon World;

Well,here it is March 29,2014 already. It has been a glorious day so far even with the rain and the gray skies. It is a FANTABULOUS day and I have gotten many a thing done already. I just wanted to get this up and out to all of you who have been faithfully following my writings and meanderings along Life’s path, I say “Thank You!”

No matter what the circumstance, no matter what the weather, no matter where you are “BELIEVE” that you are the “CHANGE” that is needed. Know that your purpose is to find ZEN in everything and share it with others. Know where you are going. Do not be like a ship in a storm, tossed about by every wind of doctrine thqt comes along, but have your heart anchored in a safe harbor of Peace, Harmony and Acceptance! Acceptance of yourself first then the acceptance of others.

David Starr Gordon once wrote: “The world stands aside to allow anyone to pass who knows where he/she is going!”

Remember to do the train crossing in your own life; “STOP, LOOK, LISTEN!”

1) STOP…yourself from going a hundred miles an hour and spend time every morning or evening to think about the day or the one that is coming.

2) LOOK…to set aside one day, twelve times a year or once every month to plan your month.

3) LISTEN…to yourself while you spend one whole week each year to reflect, evaluate and measure the year that has passed, to plan the year that is coming and to stay on track with your purpose!

There is more coming later. I have to get ready to go eat with some friends.

The Shaggy Cricket!