Episode 15: Body Mind Healing Tai Chi Chuan, Four Dimensions of Purpose


Welcome to the fifteenth episode of Bodymind Healing Tai Chi Chuan, Four Dimensions of Purpose, created and presented by Dr. Michael Mayer.

In this episode you’ll begin Third Cross Hands with the movements:
a.) Embracing the Tiger, Return to Mountain
b.) Turn 45 degrees to the Right and with Left Hand Out Brush Knee Forward
c.) Roll Back, Press, Push
d.) Turn to Opposite 45 degree Direction and Single Whip
e.) Turn back to first 45 degree direction and Slant Flying three times with stepping forward
f.) Roll Back, Press, Push and Single Whip
g.) Four Corners (Fair lady Weaves the Shuttles)
h. Single Whip.

You’ll learn about “the four dimensions of purpose approach” to the movements:
1.) Self-Healing
2.) Spiritual Unfoldment
3.) Self-defense
4.) Changing your life stance psychologically.


I hope the perspective of Four Corners being a way to pray to the four directions stays with you. Many spiritual traditions (particularly Native American) use facing the four directions as a form of prayer. Learn the state-specific additions that the Four Directions Movement of Tai Chi adds to the tradition of Four Direction of prayer through invocation of the Four Fixed directions of the Zodiac. Each different tradition transmits state-specific purposes for healing, etc.”Four Corners” is sure to add to your repertoire of spiritual embodiment practices.

You will discover how the Tai Chi Four Directions has self-defense applications and ways of energizing the kidneys.

This series may be better appreciated, if first you return to the foundational concepts espoused in our Introduction to Tai Chi Chuan video, https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/679302165, and you may also enjoy the origin of this art form, as discussed in this Origin video, https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/679372832.

1 review for Episode 15: Body Mind Healing Tai Chi Chuan, Four Dimensions of Purpose

  1. Hana Matt,Teacher of World Religions, Graduate Theological Union

    “I did not go out of our home during the daily terrorist attacks in Israel. I practiced Michael Mayer’s Bodymind Healing exercises regularly to regain my calm. They relieved my tight body and took my mind off of the stress and worries to be more present to others, to help them deal with their fears and find an oasis of tranquility in the middle of the war zone.I continue to use Bodymind Healing Qigong to ease everyday stresses and bring me back to my inner sanctuary of equanimity.”

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