How to Apply Tai Chi in Your Life at Work and at Home
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- Improve posture, less back-ache, less joint problems more internal strength
Walk with less effort, move and stand with greater confidence
Be able to regain balance and a sense of tranquility at work
- Be able to turn off the data overload, to relax and find a little peace of mind at the end of the day
- Employ simple techniques to stay relaxed, calm and in balance whatever the day throws in your path.
- As long as you can stand and walk, you will have no difficulties with this course
- If you have tried Tai Chi before and found it too complicated, this course is for you as we break down the exercises and explanations into simple step-by-step stages.
Why Tai Chi is the Perfect Tool for Managing Your Health
There are a lot of courses out there teaching you how to cope with stress, ill-health or tension at home or in the workplace, but few with the history and depth of approach that Tai Chi provides, for this ancient practice not only can tell you what to do, but more importantly it can show you how to do it.
Today, more and more of us experience the negative aspects of a work life from home or in an office where our work seems to never end - it reaches out into our travel, social and even leisure time. Tai Chi has an answer to this, for it is full of simple and easy exercises that can be incorporated into our daily activities so when we have a stressful day or a particularly challenging event occurs, we are ready and poised to deal with it.
What this Course Teaches
To regain a healthy balance we need to implement some simple changes and that's what this course teaches in four complete sessions:
1: You will learn the importance of posture. Working up the body, introducing exercises for each part that will help build awareness of tension and develop good alignment skills.
2: In the following session you will learn a new approach to focus and concentration, looking at the imagination, eye exercises, peripheral vision and finally learning a moving mediation called - Cat Walking
3: Next you will learn about: work space, breathing, diet and food for all these have a direct impact on your energy levels and ability to stay relaxed and focused.
4: Then we will move onto the ideas of slowing down and building balance - two notions with accompanying exercises that are essential to developing a good set of tools that will resist the negative impact of stress in your life.
Finally, throughout this course, you will learn a series of simple and easy Tai Chi postures, so that by the end, you will have a beautiful and harmonious mini-sequence to practice each day - to fend off stress before it even gets close.
Why Learn with Me?
All the exercises and approaches in this course have been selected from the years of training I have given hundreds of students who have come in search of help - for guidance and advice on best methods for resisting mounting pressures at work or at home. I can't give you a less stressful job, but I can give you the tools to turn that stress into something useful and in turn, make you a calmer, more relaxed and more balanced person.
- Anyone who is curious as to how to apply the principles and practices of Tai Chi to everyday living
- Anyone looking for greater balance, better posture and the ability to maintain focus on different projects.
- Anyone who is trying to balance several different work-loads all at the same time and needs putting it all into perpsective.
- Anyone who is creative, works to deadlines and needs greater resources and energy
- Anyone working in an office or at home and finds that their work is spreading out into the private lives.
- Anyone that is looking for a simple general boost to health learning techniques they can take with them to work
- Anyone who is self-employed and finds it difficult to set boundaries for work
- Anyone who works in the digital fields and knows that this sort of work never ends
Introduction to to this course using the practical exercises and philosophy from Tai Chi. This lecture includes an explanation as to the approach this course takes and the dual nature of how the exercises will work.
Work times encroaches into leisure time, travel time and even sleep time. So what can we do to balance this changing work practice? Check out the linked article in Extra Resources too. In this lecture we look at the insidious nature of the digital workspace and how we are going to deal with it in our practice.
In Tai Chi the waist is of critical importance as we start all our postures from this area. The flowery moves may appear to start in the wrists, arms, the legs or feet, but, all practitioners work towards this goal of initiating all movement with the centre of our bodies.
In this lecture you will learn the right way to align your body using your waist as a starting point. You'll also learn waist turning whilst standing and whilst on the phone so that you can incorporate the moves into your daily activities.
Shoulders and neck suffer continuously with these new devices as we slouch, stoop, bend the neck and tighten the shoulders throughout the day. Yet there are some simple exercises we can to help alleviate this stress. Pay attention to when the elbows are used, keep the shoulders down and watch out when bending forward to read text on that mobile device!
What to practice from this Session:
- Listen to your body and what it is trying to tell you
- Unlock your joints
- Free your pelvis
- Whilst sitting practice ankle rotations and transferring heat to your knees
- Whilst on the phone practice waist turns and weight shifting.
- Exercise your wrists and forearms to avoid RSI and relax shoulders and elbows.
- Avoid text neck problems by using your eyes to look down and not bending your neck
- Practice the Opening Move of the Tai Chi sequence every day.
We can now move on to focus and concentration.
In this lecture you will learn about the health issues surrounding in inability to switch off from work, to be able to relax and let go of the day's activities. You will learn about:
- The role of Imagination in the exercises.
- Eye exercises for excess screen time and the role of peripheral vision
- Cat walking for postural attention and as a means to meditate whilst moving
- White Crane Spreads Wings - the second move in the Tai Chi sequence for daily practice.
Before we start, a quick word on the positive role of the imagination in all the exercises and approaches we will be taking in this course. There may be times when you cannot get up and do any exercises, perhaps at the desk, in the office or even in bed - so you will learn how, by using your imagination, you can even practice without moving.
In this essential lecture we will be looking at the increasing problem of myopia due to changing work practices and the ever present automated lighting systems in homes and towns. You will also be learning:
- How not to lose focus
- The 20 x 20 x 20 rule
- Breaks At the work station
- Peripheral Vision exercises.
What do you do if you cannot easily meditate in a public space or if you do not meditate at all but still need to find a little stillness wherever you are? The answer is the Tai Chi exercises of Cat Walking.
What to practice from this session:
- Use your imagination when you cannot get up or move around.
- Practice the 20x20x20 rule at work
- Take more frequent breaks for better concentration.
- Practice peripheral vision exercises.
- Practice Cat Walking at the office, at home and out in the supermarket.
- Spread Your wings with the White Crane
In this section we will look at what we can change in our immediate environment that can contribute to stress at work and at home. We are going to focus on work space, fresh air, plants, breathing, food and drink and then look at the next posture in our Tai Chi sequence
Now we have let air into our space, we need to know what to do with it. In this lecture you will learn to feel the air, connect with it and take its energy. You will learn to breathe it up into your whole body and learn to use your waist in a series of turning moves that will introduce you to the Tai Chi posture later on in this section.
Our primary source of energy is our food. But are we eating real food? It should not surprise us that much of what passes for food is thinly disguised junk that tempts us with smell and taste, but often is lacking in nutrition. In this lecture we take advise from others to see what constitutes good eating.
In this very special section we are going to combine some very practical exercises on balance and standing-up with the ideas and practices of slowing down. It’s a great section to finish on.
You will learn:
- How going slow can get you where you want to go faster
- A great balance exercise to do whilst cleaning your teeth
- Why playing at Tai Chi and exercises is a better approach than study.
- Learn Play Guitar as the final posture in our Tai Chi sequence
- Options for going forward.
Balance is something that relates not only to our ability to stand up and withstand pressure - like bamboo in the wind - but also our ability to remain in focus by not letting one thing dominate our work. It's all a question of balance.
3 Exercises to help improve your balance.
Don't forget to collect your Poster Images too from the Downloadable Resources: 2 Posters on Balance to display on your desktop or mobile device.
What to practice from this session:
- Drive Slow
- Type Slow
- Go at your own pace
- Practice balance whilst cleaning your teeth, on the metro or each day holding on to a chair.
- Play more - find the spaces between things and explore without concern for failure.
- Go back to the Tai Chi postures and do them slowly.
Final Advice on where to take your practice from here. If you are attending a local class you will find these exercises very useful and familiar with many of the postures and practices in your Tai Chi or body/mind practice.
DEEPEN YOUR PRACTICE
If you want to continue to expand and deepen your practice, there are 2 complimentary Udemy courses that will interest you.
The Breathing Course I have on Udemy is a great complimentary short course (and as an existing student - you get the course for as little as about £10 - using this code: ST2BREATH - or follow this direct link: https://www.udemy.com/just-breathe/?couponCode=ST2BREATH
The Tai Chi Form Course takes you through the basic postures of the Form, teaching you a beautiful sequence of moves to practice each day. Simple to learn, easy satisfying to perform. Use the code: STRESS2FORM or follow this link to get the discount: https://www.udemy.com/beginners-guide-to-the-tai-chi-form/?couponCode=STRESS2FORM
KEEP IN TOUCH
Enjoy your practice wherever you are and don't forget to let me know how your training goes, leave a comment in this course, or find me on social media as the teapotmonk.
FINALLY A WORD ON THE MUSIC
Some of the music I put together in Garageband - my tracks will be self-evident I am sure, using loops and snippets or samples. But a lot of the backing tracks were composed by a good friend and musician Jason Newton. He writes at AwayFromTheNoise, composes on Bandcamp and plays live in the south of Spain. If you want to hear more from Jason you can contact him on
Facebook - @awayfromthenoise
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/pearlvipermusic