Tai Chi and Circulation
“When I moved to Seattle from the Midwest, I went out trekking almost every weekend to fish, gather mushrooms, hike, meditate on the foggy ocean, etc. I had frequent occasions to ride the ferries to my destinations and I would stand on the bow of the car deck for the duration of the ride, breathing in the northwest in an attempt to internalize my new home. I also jumped into studying Tai Chi.
My landscape firm got a job on one of the San Juan Islands. The morning ferry ride to Orcas was so cold I couldn’t stand on the car deck for the whole ride as I was not dressed for the cold wind. I went off to a corner of the ferry and practiced Tai Chi. When I returned to the car deck, my external circulation had improved so much that I was able to endure the chilly ride to the islands. I frequently practice Tai Chi on Saturday mornings on the banks of the Snohomish. I have been bare handed in less than 25 degrees confident of my external circulation.”
~Keith, Tai Chi Student