Tai Chi Winter Training
The shorter days compel us to slow down somewhat! In oriental terms, Winter relates to the water element and associated organs being the kidneys and bladder – regulating our internal fluid balance including our blood pressure. In Winter it is natural to seek shelter, to enjoy our home environment, family and friends and to seek the comfort of the fireside.
Winter also relates to storage and living off the fruits of our achievements.
The creative mind will focus on the vital element of water and it’s energies in all its varied forms from snowflakes to ice, steam to ocean tides.
In winter the earth lies fallow; nature appears frozen and dead. In this deep stillness of nature, winter calls us to look into our depths, to reconnect to our inner being, to befriend the darkness within us and around us.
A time for reflection, contemplation and learning from our experiences – a time to rest and renew our energies.
With this in mind it is unfortunate that some people regard Winter as a kind of ‘enemy’ to be overcome with holidays in the sun, the use of sunbeds, alcohol and late nights, when indeed fighting against the natural inclinations that this season encourages can cause upset in the body’s chemistry and as such, many ailments are brought about by refusing to slow down or protect and nourish ourselves appropriately.
The flavour associated with water and the winter season is salt – for nourishing, rich warming meals to maintain body weight and energy.In Winter we need to warm and nourish the yang energies of the body particularly in the early part of the day – a hot breakfast can help to ward off all manner of ailments.
Our Tai Chi practice on a cold winters day outside may need to speed up after a while and include dynamic breathing techniques. Enjoy kicks and punches (energising the adrenal glands) and get those calf muscles working with low dynamic stances! Try our Tai Chi and Qigong exercises outside – the difference is amazing and it really is worth the effort…enjoy!