About Tai Chi
Tai Chi Chuan is an internal Chinese martial art that helps develop agility, balance, relaxation, and much more. Furthermore, the word Tai Chi (taiji) is an ancient Daoist philosophical term symbolizing the interaction of yin and yang, the two opposite manifestations of the same forces in nature. Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) is rooted in the concepts of the interplay and necessary balance of yin and yang.
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The Cedar Tree Institute (Marquette, Michigan)
My journey of self-healing began years ago. It eventually lead me down a path towards Tai Chi. Seeking knowledge of Tai Chi, I began learning from books in 1999. In 2001 I had a chance encounter with a Tai Chi instructor and began attending classes regularly. In the following years I took part in many workshops. Sometimes as educator but always as student because there is always more yet to learn.
The fundamental principles and core practices of Tai Chi have long been known to impart potential benefits to practitioners. They are “potential” because the extent of the benefit depends upon the quality of instruction as well as practice. The potential primary benefits are improved balance, flexibility, coordination, agility, strength, sensitivity, and even sleep quality. Also, the potential secondary benefits include improved digestion, respiration, immune system function, cognitive function, and even the prevention or treatment of arthritis.
As a musician, I wanted to find a way to combine my passion for music with the healing power of Tai Chi. In 2002 I recorded Tai Chi Healing Music Volume One. After receiving such a great response from the first album, I began working on another installment and released Tai Chi Healing Music Volume Two in 2004.
I use a number of natural instruments to create a unique sound. These recordings feature such instruments as, Libaphone (melodic bamboo percussion), Kalimba (thumb piano), Pan Pipes (bamboo wind), Rain Stick (cactus), Shakere (gourd with netted beads), Hawaiian Drum (gourd), Conga, Doumbek (ceramic drum), Flute, Wind Chimes, and more.
The gentle earth rhythms and profound spirit melodies found in this music are meant to help induce a state of meditation in the listener. Perfect for Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga, and Kung Fu. It can be used by anybody (artists, writers, etc.) for inspiration or relaxation.