Tips for Beginner Tai Chi Students

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elderly people practicing Tai Chi in Beijing {image credit: Craig Nagy/Wikimedia Commons}

If you are looking for a way to get healthy, de-stress your life, increase your physical health, and create a daily practice that improves your quality of life, Austin tai chi classes are where you need to go. Tai chi is an ancient practice that has been around for thousands of years. Some people consider it a moving type of meditation.People of all ages and stages of health can benefit from practicing this ancient art.

Warm Up

Warming up before you start a tai chi session is highly recommended and a very important part of the practice as a whole. Elements of your tai chi practice can be concentrated on during your warm up, so that during your session, you will be able to move through the practice in better form.One warm-up exercise is the energy ball exercise. First, you rub your hands together to bring your life force, or your chi, to your hands. You should notice your hands getting very warm as you do this. Next, gently separate your hands with them facing each other and slowly pull them apart. Throughout this warm-up exercise, you should keep your body relaxed. Your hands should be relaxed and your fingers soft. Next, bring your hands back together, without touching. Keep moving your hands easily and gently close together and apart, and continue this motion while being aware of any sensation you might be feeling. Some sense an increase in temperature between their hands at certain distances, and others feel like their hands are repelling each other.

Breathing

For proper breathing during an Austin tai chi session, your tongue should rest easily on the roof of your mouth, with your mouth closed. Your breath should go in and out through your nose. The breath should not be forced and should not be held, but be continuous and done with intention.During a tai chi session, you should be aware of your breathing to make sure that it is continuous and to make sure you aren’t holding your breath at any point. Practicing your breathing can be done anywhere and anytime and is worth practicing and becoming mindful of.

Reach your resolutions: Tips on things to change for the New Year

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The New Year marks a new start. It’s that time where we can reach for a new beginning for a better year. While some feel anxious the moment the clock strikes 12, welcoming it with open arms can set the tone for the rest of the year. To make big changes that lead to a better life, here are ways to help you jumpstart what could be your best year ever!

Smile More Often. Studies have shown that smiling changes the course of the day, and eventually your life. A study conducted by Forbes Magazine says that smiling can instantly make you feel good and has the same effect as eating a bar of chocolate without the added calories.[1] Not only does it instantly make you feel good about life, it also positively affects those around you. Smiling makes you feel better and makes you look more pleasant, inspiring more opportunities for new relationships.

Be Positive. A positive life begins with positive thoughts. A better 2014 often begins with the belief that it will be better than 2013. Your thoughts frame and steer your life, and by thinking positive, you are instantly creating the environment that you only once dreamed of. Remember, it all begins with the belief that you do deserve a beautiful life.

Be Kinder To Yourself. We all have goals to achieve in 2014, and part of our progress is sometimes failing on the way to making our goals happen. When this happens, don’t lose heart and don’t be too hard on yourself. No goal is achieved overnight. Success happens when you are kind to yourself, which makes you kinder to others in turn.

Make Better Choices. There is always room to improve, especially when it comes to your health. Make 2014 your best fitness year so far, by opting for choices that will benefit your body in the long run such as vegetables, fruits, lean meat, and of course, water.

Move. Achieving your goals begins by simply moving. Whether it’s for a new job, a new skill, or even just a new fitness activity, acting on them will get you one step closer to your goal. Reach for the goals you have long dreamed of with Summit Natural Drinking Water, filled with minerals that boost hydration levels, which help maintain mental sharpness and refuels strength.

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Total Abs Workout

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It would probably take me a couple hundreds of this routine before I get an abs, but this sure looks like a perfect series of exercise to do for someone who wants to get rid of unwanted flab in the mid-section, and hopefully get rid of a couple of inches.

The routines looks easy enough to follow and they sure looks self-explanatory. I used to do some of these during my yoga class and I am hoping I won’t have a hard time doing them again once I finally decide to do this exercise routine. Wish me luck!

What exercises do you do to tone your abdominal muscles? I’d love to hear all about it!