Tai Chi class last night was exceptionally wonderful, in that there were no new students attending. And although this seems rather cruel to note the absence of new students in the class, it all comes down to the following:
1. No new students equals more time for the teacher to instruct the students who have committed to practicing tai chi on a regular basis.
2. No new students means that there is less time for the teacher to have to explain basic moves and forms.
3. No new students allows us to practice tai chi in the quietude of the moment, since the teacher doesn’t have to do verbal instruction and we learn simply by observing and doing, following the teacher… it’s quite amazing to all be doing tai chi moves in unison in the total quiet of the moment.
4. The class went by extremely fast as well, simply making the 1 hour go by smoothly, and at the end we had more time for meditation.
And we students truly benefitted from the positive effects that tai chi can bring… mindfulness, a natural calming effect, focus, balance (especially) and a gradual improvement of body coordination and mental clarity.
The class was also smaller yesterday, being that people were probably already doing things for the Fourth of July, perhaps attending the Fair since it’s coming to a close, and maybe people were traveling.
It just seemed like a very nice tai chi session all-around.
But it’s always nice to see new students, and people come and go all the time since not everyone can get into tai chi, or have a hard time adjusting their schedules to commit to 1 hour practice each week.