In creating Seated T’ai Chi Chih, Sandy's goal was to modify the practice while maintaining the integrity of T’ai Chi Chih. The task at hand was to be sure that what she created held true to the form originated by Justin Stone. She listened to the suggestions of other teachers and worked to refine an adapted practice of T’ai Chi Chih. Now, in DVD, the adapted form can be shared with the T’ai Chi Chih teachers and practitioners all over the world. No previous knowledge of T’ai Chi Chih is necessary to follow the DVD.The core of the seated practice honors the guiding principles applied to standing T’ai Chi Chih and follow those movements as closely as possible.
Part 1 of the DVD is instructional. If a student is learning from a teacher, it is important that the teacher elaborate on the guiding T’ai Chi Chih principles while bringing their own style of expression and experience into the teaching. If a student is learning from the DVD, the hope is that they will explore www.taichichih.org for more information about the practice.
Part 2 of the DVD is a full practice session. The speed is moderate with reminders. Breathing in T’ai Chi Chih is not regulated (with the exception of Joyous Breath) but is left to each person to feel what is natural for them. However, in the seated practice, taking a deep breath is often encouraged. The purpose of the breathing suggestion is to help keep the focus present and to help the body soften while relaxing into the stillness.
Teachers may be able to give adequate instruction on these movements (and students do them without any problem) but it seemed wise to err on the side of caution when presenting them in a DVD. The opposite hand emphasis on Carry the Ball to the Side and Push Pull was left out for simplicity with the hope that teachers would include this in their teaching.
Seated T’ai Chi Chih is an adapted form to allow people who, for whatever reason, cannot stand and do T’ai Chi Chih, to receive the benefits which this trans formative practice generates. If it strays too far from the original form, the integrity of the practice is lost and it is no longer Seated T’ai Chi Chih. Allow the simplicity of T’ai Chi Chih and the principles of softness and circularity, with a grounding focus, to guide you as you explore Seated T’ai Chi Chih
“I was amazed by the
amount of energy flow doing the seated practiceThis is a great solution for one of the populations who will benefit from T’ai Chi Chih the most: those who don’t have the energy or physical ability to stand.”
~ Ami Sarasvati, T’ai Chi Chih Instructor
"Thanks to Seated T'ai Chi Chih, which has me moving again, I don't feel as limited by my arthritis anymore."
~Diane Moffitt, student
"The Seated T’ai Chi Chih practice has given me a way to relax and deal with the stresses of constant pain, while easing some of the pain too."
~ Maria Todd, student