Tai Chi Class

Welcome to WholenessInMotion. Tai chi is a whole body and mind exercise that combines meditation, martial art and health tonic in one. This particular form is the Yang style, 37 posture short form as taught by Prof. Cheng Man-ch'ing. This fascinating and intricate exercise has many benefits and just about anyone can practice it.

Take a look at this site and consider the study of relaxation and how it can benefit you in your daily life. I look forward to working with you. Tom Daly


 
Posted By Tom Daly on November 9th, 2017

Tai Chi Chuan – vs. the IT! As we go through our study in tai chi, we work very hard to find out what IT is: Correct, irrefutably right, perfect. Then we take that IT and put cement around it so that it can’t NOT be IT. And if we run into a different IT, […]

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Posted By Tom Daly on September 15th, 2017

Tai Chi Bit By Bit To continue with my language metaphor, learning tai chi is very much like learning a VERY foreign language (as in Chinese, Japanese, Arabic – where there is no English alphabet). I’m studying Arabic. We learn letters, then groups of letters that make up a word, then words that combine with […]

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Posted By Tom Daly on July 22nd, 2017

The Structures of Growth, Learning is no easy task. David Brooks, NY Times, June 16, 2014. You’ll have to pull this one up by yourself, but it is thoughtful reading and very relevant to the tai chi learning curve. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/17/opinion/david-brooks-learning-is-no-easy-task.html

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Posted By Tom Daly on March 19th, 2017

Tai Chi Chuan and Allowing Navesink Before he died, blind and emaciated, my grandfather, who loved the opera, told me sometimes among the tall trees he walked and listened to the sound of a river entering the sea by letting itself be swallowed. Meghan O’Rourke, New Yorker, 3.13.17 This lovely poem reminds me of where […]

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Posted By Tom Daly on February 5th, 2017

Tai Chi Chuan – What I …. It has struck me recently how often what we want is somewhere else, when what we need is right in front of us. And we focus on what we want. This happens in tai chi class all the time. The student craves a certain experience, so (s)he abandons […]

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Posted By Tom Daly on December 6th, 2016

New York Times article on the benefits of relaxation http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/opinion/sunday/relax-youll-be-more-productive.html?contentCollection=smarter-living&hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news THINK for a moment about your typical workday. Do you wake up tired? Check your e-mail before you get out of bed? Skip breakfast or grab something on the run that’s not particularly nutritious? Rarely get away from your desk for lunch? Run from meeting […]

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Posted By Tom Daly on November 20th, 2016

Exercise fights Depression – New York Times article http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/16/well/move/how-exercise-might-keep-depression-at-bay.html?contentCollection=smarter-living&hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 Exercise may be an effective treatment for depression and might even help prevent us from becoming depressed in the first place, according to three timely new studies. The studies pool outcomes from past research involving more than a million men and women and, taken together, strongly […]

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Posted By Tom Daly on October 29th, 2016

Tai Chi Chuan, the subway, life… It struck me on the subway the other day, being knocked about, jostled, shaken, rattled, that much of life is what is being done to you. I don’t mean this in a victimhood way, but in the sense that much of what happens is a result of the natural […]

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Posted By Tom Daly on April 25th, 2016

Tai Chi Chuan – A Meaningful Activity or an Activity with Meaning? Is the value in tai chi the meaning you bring to it? Or is it meaningful by virtue of the experience that happens as you participate. I think of a friend of mine, Ted, who clearly feels his time is best spent with […]

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Posted By Tom Daly on April 25th, 2016

Tai Chi Chuan – Doing It Your Way? I have run into a pattern in students. Many of them really think they know what they need in order to learn tai chi.  What exercises “work”, what type of exercise, how the class should go, what mix of instruction works and so forth.  They decide a […]

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