I find it difficult to learn movements – will I still benefit from Mindful Motion?

In short, absolutely! The key thing about Mindful Motion is the simplicity of a class or workshop. It is not about learning complicated moves, trying to commit everything to memory and studying the details of each technique (although for students who are interested, this is a possible avenue); instead it is about just copying the ...

What happens when you regularly practice tai chi?

Apart from the obvious physical improvements – improvements in balance, stability and leg strength – I have experienced numerous benefits: I am more acutely aware of how I move my body and how I’m standing. I take notice of how I interact with objects I notice how I interact with people I eat more slowly, ...

3 simple ways to beat stress

Here are three simple ideas for dealing with stress. They’re not long term solutions but they will probably help to varying degrees. Go for a walk: if you can, go for a walk in the park, surround yourself with nature, but if all you have is city streets then that is better than nothing! Meditate: ...

Everyone needs Mindful Motion

Firstly, what is Mindful Motion? Mindful Motion was developed as a combination of tai chi, yoga and meditation with a focus on helping people to reduce stress through gentle movement. As for the title of this post, it’s a bold statement but is it really true? Let us consider the busy 20-something, stuck in the ...

Why tai chi is a great, practical mindfulness tool

Why tai chi is a great, practical mindfulness tool
Mindfulness is becoming very popular now, the art of being in the moment. One of the problems with mindfulness is that many people find it difficult to just sit still with their eyes closed and concentrate on themselves. One way of getting round this and still applying mindfulness techniques is by learning tai chi. The simple ...

How a wandering mind can impact happiness

I wrote an article some time ago (He said, she said) on the wandering mind. Today, I received the following email from lumosity.com (a brain training app website): How many times a day does your mind wander? Whether you’re thinking about an important meeting or your next vacation, mind wandering may be a distinctly human ...

Why everyone should do tai chi – and it’s not just for the reasons you think!

Why everyone should do tai chi - and it's not just for the reasons you think!
Intrigued? Well, let’s just cover the reasons that you think you should do tai chi: helps you to relax and de-stress improves your health improves your balance keeps you moving, particularly if you’re in your senior years improves your sense of wellbeing There are loads of other reasons why people do tai chi but these are ...

Great music for tai chi and yoga

Great music for tai chi and yoga
As a tai chi teacher, I always play music when I am running a class because: it helps to set the right mood it can hide any background noises such as things going on outside the room. For these reasons, I would also recommend that if you practice tai chi, yoga or meditation, then you, ...

Top 3 yoga gifts for yoga nuts

Top 3 yoga gifts for yoga nuts
It’s that time of year again where we get to treat ourselves and our loved ones so here’s our top 3 yoga-related gifts. Print Yoga Mats Is your yoga mat getting a little tatty? Then perhaps it’s time for a real treat. Make all your friends jealous with one of these amazing yoga mats with ...

Tips for a good night’s sleep

Tips for a good night's sleep
Why you need to get a good night’s sleep Rest is important for many reasons: it boosts your immunity it’s when the body grows and heals (particularly if you play sports) it’s just nice! 8 tips for a good night’s sleep make sure the room is not too hot or cold; if necessary remove the ...