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 ...

Are we addicted to junk food?

There is a lot of blaming of food companies at the moment for adding sugar, salt, fat etc and the result being our spreading waistlines. Generally speaking, I don’t think there’s an addiction as such. Our mouths get used to a flavour and then it has to be more intense. Take spicy food for instance. ...

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 stress affects your body

How stress affects your body
Here is a great video on the physical way stress affects your body and how it makes you ill. Tips on reducing stress Try to avoid situations which create unnecessary stress eg avoid interacting with “friends” who stress you out. For on-going stress eg work, try to take time out through the day. Manage stress ...

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 anyone can learn tai chi

Why anyone can learn tai chi
From a recent Lumosity newsletter: How the brain learns: 2 key research insights Can brain research help us become better learners? Here are 2 key research insights to keep in mind next time you learn something new. 1. Learning means new connections in the brain Your brain works like an electrical circuit. Every time you learn ...

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, ...