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All posts by Mark Stevenson

Tai Chi and Diabetes

Diabetes awareness and helping those living with the condition remain healthy and in control is something which I personally feel very passionate about.   My daughter was diagnosed with type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes when she was 7 years old and despite being a very difficult time for her and …

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Parkinson’s and Tai Chi

What is Parkinson’s? The NHS sites the three prominent symptoms of Parkinson’s as being ‘an involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body (tremor), slow movement, as well as stiff and inflexible muscles’. From these main indicators spring a multitude of further complications – physical and psychological – which can …

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The Benefits of Seated Qigong

Qigong is generally thought of as being an activity we do standing up but the exercises – practically all of them – can be adapted just slightly, making it the perfect solution for those who are not able to stand at all, or for long periods of time. In this short …

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Qigong

Okay so let’s get the two most important and commonly asked questions out of the way first:   What does it mean? How do you say it?   You will see it translated as ‘Energy Work’, ‘Energy Cultivation’, ‘Working with Energy’, ‘Energy Life Cultivation’ – and other similar terms.   …

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Tai Chi for Asthma

Of all the chronic conditions we face in the modern world, asthma seems to be one of the most prevalent. According to the Office for National Statistics, 1320 people died in England and Wales alone. In the UK, 5.4 million people are currently receiving treatment – this includes 1 in …

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Mindfulness of Breath – a meditation in four parts…

Following on from my blog post of yesterday, where I wrote about the importance of a good breathing practice – here is a very simple meditation that I learnt when I used to visit the Brighton Buddhist Centre on my lunch breaks. Working in technology and computing, these lunch breaks …

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Breathing for Life

Of all the things which sustain us, our breath is one of the most vital. We can go several days without food and water, yet the world record for absolute longest breath hold is 22 minutes. This is an almost unbelievable time (by a world champion free diver) – but …

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Tai Chi Cross Training

Whilst Tai Chi is a wonderful activity to integrate into your life, there are – apparently – other things that people enjoy doing – so I am told! 🙂   For many people, tai chi becomes their sole activity and for them this is enough to keep active, healthy, fit, …

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Balance and foot strength – the benefits for martial arts and everyday life.

When we think of strength in the West, we will often imagine broad shoulders, prominent chest muscles and thickly set arms. Undoubtedly, such physical attributes will often infer a degree of physical strength but looked at from an Eastern mindset, it will appear top heavy, disproportioned and unbalanced if such …

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My Tai Chi Journey

By Mark Stevenson, founder, White Crane Online My interest in the martial arts started early in life and, for several years as a child, I competed in Judo competitions. After a few years away from martial arts, my interest was rekindled in the early 2000s when I took up kickboxing …

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