Tai Chi Testimonial

Tai Chi Testimonial

“I grew up feeling very uncomfortable in my body, and I was drawn to t’ai chi as a means of exploring how to occupy my body and to feel more accepting and at ease. Over ten years of practice, I’ve gained much more than I’d ever expected. I’ve learned to welcome the challenges. I am better able to notice rather than judge limitations. As my ability to recognize and observe my self-judgment has expanded, I’ve been able to relax more and even laugh at both the “obstacles” and my judgment. This in turn has led to an expansion of what I actually can do physically. Movements in the form that I had thought were beyond the capability of my body became possible. I had physical proof!

I enjoy the challenge of maintaining a regular practice, and I benefit from my commitment. One intangible result of my practice, I think, is that I am able to watch myself and my reactions to people and situations more of the time instead of just being immersed in the interactions. I can roll with uncomfortable situations more easily. This was very noticeable after a recent burglary in my home. I was surprised that I was able to deal with the fall-out without feeling emotionally knocked about.”

Alison Odell

Tai Chi student and apprentice teacher