Rami's Blog

Like the Yin-Yang, Eastern Martial Arts and Western medicine are two halves of a whole. My mission is to preserve the ancient mind-body tools, and pass them on to you.


Finding the Right Mind-Body, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong Teacher, Part 4

Another week come and gone! Welcome back to the blog mind-body students. We continue the Mind-Body teacher series this week with examples of the techniques that a qualified instructor will teach you under each category we've covered in Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

"A mind-body teacher will teach you to free your body from being a prisoner of the soft tissue, and at the same time, will help you build strength." My work on the "12 Body Markers" is an entire system to accomplish this goal of releasing your body from soft tissue tension. Any mind-body teacher you study under should have a similar system that hits every area of your body. Techniques like this should be on the to-do list.

After this series on mind-body teachers, I will do a series on the flexibility side of the 12 Body Markers where we will cover a bunch of techniques for releasing the skeleton.

"A great mind-body teacher will help you isolate your joints with gentle movement, and stimulate your energetic system." There are specific moves that you can use to remove stress from each of your joints, one-by-one. By going joint-by-joint, you can see what joints (of yours) get more tense during the day. We'll have more videos about isolating joints coming up on the blog. This is one of the joint isolations we've done on the blog before that can help you gently move your ankles and knees when you do it slowly:

"You need to learn correct alignment when standing, sitting, walking, and moving slowly." Good alignment is key to preventing injury. There are enough ways to practice good alignment to fill a whole lifetime. We will add many more videos and image blogs about correct alignment in the future, but for now, you can go back to my Embrace the Tree blog we did recently to see the kind of standing and sitting alignment practice that a great mind-body teacher will show you.

Next week we'll give you guys even more examples of the other mind-body teacher qualifications! 

Happy stretching, deep breathing, empty your mind, strength your energetic system, and evoke your spirit!