If I say the way yoga is understood and practiced today is different in a number of ways from how it was understood and practiced traditionally it is helpful to understand what I mean by traditional. After all yoga has been around for thousands of years, and it was not one thing for most of that time, and then suddenly another thing twenty years ago. The tides of historical change have run throughout human history: it is just easier to see subtle changes to the waves that are closest to us. I am not going to give a scholarly text with dates and citations.
Tai Chi lessons teach the art of playing with chi energy.For centuries Tai Chi practitioners referred to their art as 'playing'. There are many interpretations as to what is meant by 'playing'. Martial artists often apply the word to the pleasure one enjoys when sparring with friends. Tai Chi energy masters might use the word to help explain the way chi energy is manipulated.
The #1 enemy of yoga is outside the studioMany studies show that exercise is medicine and one of the best exercises is walking. Tai Chi fitness practitioners take the idea a step further and claim that mindful walking is the best exercise.
Does your mainstream yoga have a missing element?Spend the next two weeks of this month ignoring your mainstream Yoga class. Instead, attend two Perfect Tai Chi Fitness™ classes and for two weeks practice what you learned every day at home, during work or even while playing. You'll never go back to your mainstream Yoga.
The other day a few students and colleagues were engaged in an online chat about a spin class the gist of which was that the class was difficult and awesome. The end result of the exchange was to make me want to go take the class.
It is widely understood that one of the huge differences in lifestyle between modern people and their ancestors is that we sit a lot more and walk a lot less. This sitting, particularly sitting for long periods in chairs, and particularly in front of desks with our head and shoulders hunched forward, has contributed to a lot of discomfort and injury. And it has only been made worse by being combined with the even more hours of the day peering down at screens of varying sizes and types.