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Yuan-Chi - A Paradigm Shift

  "Eternity is now.  Because Reality is only ever the present moment." Brenda

 "I've never known squirrels to be so loving with one another, it was almost like a dream!" Amy

 "I experienced the feeling of many parts of the form expressing the dance of Shri Ganesha." Andrew

 "Then it came to me that in comparison how quiet our own form is-when it is done it seems to leave nothing behind. No trace except peace." Danya

 "It was as if my body moved by itself." Stefanie

 "I need to thank Janaki for reminding me today that Taiji Chuan practice can be performed as a devotion to the Absolute." Lionel

 "I started feeling Tai Chi like a piece of music." Eva

 "Time is another aspect that is changing for me as I am now noticing that the form feels a lot quicker." Mick

Cool Breeze

 "At times when practising I would get a sensation of shimmering vibrations on my hands, and lots of cool." Andrew

"I had been getting quite hot, and suddenly my face and neck were very cool." Gregor

 "John unconsciously emitted a strong cool breeze..." Master Michael

 "Oh, on a really high note – Dinh had a wonderful experience at Tai Chi on Saturday (a drop of Kundalini energy on her back)..." Gregor


 "..all that remained of *me* was my awareness..." Danya

 "..there was a powerful urge to just sit down and meditate..and just blissfully watched my bodymind do its thing." Lionel

 "Within the first couple of lessons I noticed my attention was more focused for meditation after practising Tai Chi." Andrew

 "Again this was repeated only this time it appeared my movements were easier and in fact drifting along independently of me..." Mick


"The only way I would be able to describe it would be as being touched by Grace." Carlos

 “One of the most profound experiences was that of experiencing becoming aware of moving the feet very lightly and gently on the living, loving, supporting Mother Earth. Ray

 "The grace and elegance of the form, and the underpinning strength and balance, flow through into the rest of my life..." Danya


 "Tai Chi Chuan is like a sassy woman. Once you have discovered her and she has touched you with her spirit, you have a lot of trouble breaking it off." Cameron

 "The stillness in movement felt like floating on legs -" Danya

 "This morning I felt very strongly again the beauty of movement. I love it!" Gregor


 “My immediate response was that it was like variations on a theme of music..” Magda

 "By traversing such areas I found a landing, a support from the flow of Chi, a song that supported every movement." Eva


 "I felt I was watching a dance between you and a much beloved being" Linda

 "The sense of Chi directing my form that I mentioned to you in person several weeks ago is persisting." Danya

 "Then there was a realisation that we were telling a story with the form.." Jane

 "The fascinating observation was that it could almost be described as dance ..." Gregor


 "And how does it feel? To Surrender?" Amy

 "Interesting tangent from applied maths/mathematical physics - " Danya

 "I think that the true Tai Chi Chuan is an expression of life energy that is pure and unadulterated, because there is nothing in-between the Source and the outlet." Amy

 "An interesting thought to be coming home to my Irish ness through Tai Chi!" Sally


 "I found it very hard to distinguish the two in terms of their flow...I had to actually clear my head to see that it was two people, not just one person in two places." Danya

 "Gregor was in front of me and he appeared to be somehow 'in' the air" Jane

 "Returning neutral hands to him and he is repulsed almost before I touch him." Danya

 "I didn’t actually feel myself at all, which was quite disconcerting. At the time there were two emotions: joy at the newfound lightness..." Gregor


 "And I felt like that I could be a balloon - that if I lifted my feet off the floor that I'd float." Sharon

 "..my arms floated up in front of me and my whole body was carried through the form..." Danya

 "Speaking of light, ..I notice my lower arms beginning to feel fluffy and lighter around the outside layers. An unusual, but very pleasant feeling." Gregor

 "I feel a lightness in my movements which I could never imagine to gain after such a short time." Sieghilde


 "I love the way birds gather when we are practising Tai Chi Chuan with you, they seem to be drawn to the energy." Brenda

 "Today I felt more the relation as one of connection and even longing to return home." Sally

 "You realise that you are doing something really worthwhile.." Susanne

 "..this movement cleared the path of feeling between my lower abdomen and my chest, like they could more effectively communicate afterwards." Lionel


 "Quite early on in my learning I found that at the end of practice I would be greeted by a kind of 'explosion of peace', this still occurs." Jon

 "Last week, a feeling of deep peace and contentment came over me" Gregor

 "Despite our pride being shattered and after much laughter I did experience some delightfully peaceful moments in which I think the "Chi" was experienced." Mick

 "My mind is definitely switched off" Sieghilde


 "I could feel it rushing through and around my body - like being part of a building whirlwind..." Sharon

 "When participating with the class I sometimes feel the spontaneous flow of Chi..lifting my body and connecting it to the greater Chi flow." Brenda

 "..there was a very strong sensation of there being a sort of "puff" of Chi that...was enough to truly move me." Danya

 "I felt my hands awaken with a connection of energy from my heart coming through my palms, and to (and from?) the universe." Amy

 "I felt an energy source in the middle of the soles of my feet connecting me deep down into the earth-" Sally


 “I feel very confident now that I've been able to go twelve months without a migraine pharmaceutical drug that I'll now be able to do this for the rest of my life.” Mick

 “..it prevents recurrence of DVT?” Gregor

 "I’m eating MUCH better than I have for a very long time…Sharon

 "1) A wart on my left index finger that has been there for at least four years is now gone." Lionel


 "1) The "spare tyre" is rapidly receding! Yay!" Lionel

 "And here is a note on coming to class straight from a long distance flight:" Brenda

 "..it appears that my feet have changed shape!" Sharon

 "It is like I am sharper and I think faster and more clearly...my typing is faster... weird." Jane


 "..such power coming through all of them that it was frightening..." Danya

 "..my students could see that I have roundness and internal power even within my linear Mantis forms. As for Choy Li Fut, well those low stances feel effortless to do now." Master John

 "..there is a force from the sacrum that is driving my legs into the ground." Lionel

 "..they felt light and yet not powerless (quite the opposite) and under control/well rooted." Ss


 "My own morning's sensory repertoire included mostly stretching of all the tendons and muscles..." Danya

 "Today I have no problems at all while walking and I now run up staircases quite effortlessly." Sieghilde

Learning - for Life

 "This is incredibly illuminating...I'm sure I'll be having unpredictable flashes of insight for week, months, years just from this alone.Danya

 "The shifts, for me, have been more than physical. Beyond the dance, I have learned about myself." Sharon

"..you mentioned that Chinese learning derives far more from observation than typical “western” learning." Brenda


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