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Tai Chi November 12, 2014
Wednesday classes are cancelled for the time being. It is getting too dark to have outdoor classes at 4 pm, although I continue to practice on my own at that time. Dusk has a very special energy that I enjoy, especially if I start before the sun goes down. But it does not work so well for instruction, and beginners find it challenging, so my goal is to find an indoor venue. We have one in mind, but I will make no announcements until all the details are finalized. Meanwhile, Saturday classes continue. Try to anticipate chilly weather and layer up accordingly.

For new students one of the toughest problems is learning to create a pattern of practice at home. Many people will add their Tai Chi practice into their other exercise practices, but if they do not already have a habit of exercising, it takes a little effort to build the habit. I wrote two blogs on this subject a few years ago that I recommend you take time to read.
Click here to read Best Practices.
Click here to read Habit Forming.

Not your grandfather's Tai Chi! We do not compromise the exercise to accommodate people who are unable to perform them. That defeats the purpose of exercise! Instead we encourage everyone to participate if they wish, and to do as much as they possibly can. There is no shame in sitting out some of the exercises, if necessary, but there is even less shame in trying without success.

For location information subscribe to the newsletter - we are no longer in Broadbent Park.
Saturdays, 9 am - 10:30 am
  Nov. 15, 22
  No classes Thanksgiving week
  Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27

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November 10, 2014

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Tai Chi Blogs

Tai Chi and Balance, Western Style
May 28, 2014
As a young student I mistakenly believed that centering was a mental-spiritual idea and nothing more. As a result one of my earliest important "light bulb" moments came when I realized that balance is first physical. From physical balance can arise mental balance, and from mental balance can emerge spiritual balance. I say "can" because more work is needed after achieving physical balance, but by taking the first step you make the later steps possible.

Today I wish to explore balance as a scientific concept and how that applies to Tai Chi. (Click here for more)


Tai Chi News
Meditation and the Brain 2013 (24 Jun 2013) M.D. Jon Lieff describes physiological brain changes occurring from meditation, Tai Chi, yoga, and related pursuits.
Tai Chi and Related News
Beyond Balance: T'ai Chi Dramatically Improve Seniors' Overall Health (Holistic Primary Care Network, 13 Sep 2013)
Tai Chi Reported to Ease Fibromyalgia (Tufts Medical Center/New York Times,18 Aug 2010)
Author and teacher Arthur Rosenfeld demonstrates Tai Chi on Fox News
Tai Chi: Discover the many possible health benefits (Mayo Clinic, 25 Mar 2010)
Tai Chi Reduces Arthritis Pain (Click2Houston, 29 Oct 2009)
NBC video on Tai Chi as Exercise (Brian Williams, NBC, May 2009)
Overload: The physiological toll of multitasking and why we may not be making rational decisions even when we think we are. (Herbert Wray, Newsweek, 8 Apr 2008)
Tai chi may prevent excruciating skin disease (Associated Press, 9 Apr 2007)
Obese can get healthier without dieting (Reuters, 4 Dec 2006)


Sifu Napier's articles
Houston Tai Chi Kung Fu Magazine 2009 Nov/Dec Yang Style Symposium Grandmasters Chen Zhenglei Wu Wenhan Sun Yongtian Ma Hailong
"Conversations with the Grandmasters" (Dec 2009)

Houston Tai Chi Kung Fu Magazine 2009 Sep/Oct Yang Style Symposium
"Yang Family Comes Out In Style"
"Symposium Makes U.S. Tai Chi History" (Oct 2009)



Houston Tai Chi Kung Fu Magazine 2009 Sept/Oct "Standing Exercises for Taiji Qi Cultivation" (Aug 2009)

"Yang Taiji for Combat" (Apr 2007)
Houston Tai Chi Kung Fu Magazine 2007 Mar/Apr
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Pull Down Crossing Arms for Bafa
Students from Elemental Tai Chi demonstrated their skills at the Grand Opening of the Baker-Ripley Community Center, which featured demonstrations from cultures of six continents.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
  
 
With students hailing from five continents:

Brazil
Britain
Canada
China
Colombia
Croatia
Hungary

India
Iraq
Israel
Italy
Japan
Pakistan
Philippines

Rumania
Scotland
South Africa
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
United States
 
Tai Chi
The Houston Chronicle covered our session of Six Healing Sounds qigong on Tuesday, Sep. 6. Click here for the full story.



Tai Chi In Your Life is lauded in new book review.
(June, 2012) Michael DeMarco, Editor and Publisher of Journal of Asian Martial Arts, has nothing but compliments for Tai Chi In Your Life:
  • "Napier's work provides very practical information for both taiji practice and everyday life. He does so in a way that is easy reading and inspiring."
  • "Napier expects us to not only read, but to think deeply about the principles and creatively utilize them inside and outside of our taiji practice."
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tai chi meditations
Sifu Napier's Tai Chi Meditations CD now available.
(July, 2011) Sifu Dale Napier released his new meditation CD, Tai Chi Meditations, recorded specially for the Soul Explosion & Green Living Expo on July 30-31 in Houston.

The CD, backed by pianist-composer Marta Keen, features a standing meditation, Zhan Zhuang, and a sitting meditation, Six Healing Sounds.

Zhan Zhuang, or standing post meditation, is taught here for breath, balance, and relaxation. Balance is required for deep relaxation. To deepen the relaxation further we learn to use deep breathing, giving us lung improvement as well. Standing post is important for building Tai Chi Chuan rooting ability.

Six Healing Sounds is a popular chi kung (qigong) exercise that uses movements, sounds, and visualizations based on Five Element Theory. The general idea is to purge ourselves of negative emotions, which removes damaging energy from our internal bodies - helping keep us youthful, vital, and energetic.

Both meditations are regular features of Sifu Napier's current and upcoming classes.

Tai Chi Meditations is available as a physical CD or for download. For download, go to

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Listen to Sifu Napier's radio interview on Secrets of the Qigong Masters
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Why Tai Chi is the Perfect Exercise (Time, 31 Jul 2002)

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