Blog Postings - Relaxed Mind Tai Chi Authour - Lee Chang Tye copyright - Relaxed Mind Tai Chi https://www.relaxedmindtaichi.com
Some of my students have told me (and also from my observations) that when they start practicing in my classes, they feel anxious because they should be "mastering" the exercises or form "as quickly as possible". They have the expectation that it's only going to take a few lessons before they "nail" the movements or exercises. Or that they shouldn't settle for anything less than "perfection" from themselves. I don't think that they are expecting the health benefits to come only if they are perfect - which of course isn't true - you can still get a lot from mindfully learning about the process (eg - improved kinesthetic awareness & coordination, better balance, aware of the areas where you hold tension, moving your major muscle groups, calming,etc) I suppose that expectation is fair enough - I recall thinking similar thoughts when I started learning from my current teacher - after all, I had been practising for a healthy number of years already & knew a lot - so I thought. So I figured after a few lessons & careful observation, I'd have my head wrapped around it & my body would've stored the new information in it's muscle memory. Not to be. So, I try and put my students at ease by telling them not to worry about "perfection" but to gradually practice, remembering what they can & try and to reach it in the long term. Also to just enjoy the process.
These are my thoughts about various aspects of Tai Chi. They may or may not be original and I try to give credit where credit is due.
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