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ZenView – Balance

ZenView By Mary Layton Balance Balance has been a challenge from early childhood, when we took our first steps, and it will remain a challenge throughout our adult life. We need it to bicycle, to climb a tree, to do sports and physical activities. We also need emotional balance, because being too anxious, too angry or too impatient, too relaxed, too sad or too happy create problems. We need balance in everything we do. As a T’ai Chi instructor and practitioner I feel that balance is a cornerstone of this art. For example, balancing on one leg as you move and step slowly from one direction to another. It requires focus and strength. “I want to improve my balance!” I’ve heard this request from a lot of our older students in their 70’s. Wanting to improve one’s balance is smart, because the lack of it can cause crippling falls and break bones which are harder to heal as we get older. Balance is not something you can get under your belt quickly. It requires patience, which many people don’t have. Here’s a list of what goes into having good balance : 1. Good posture, refraining from overextending 2. Correct focusing of the eyes 3. Shifting weight correctly 4. Even speed 5. Being in the present moment 6. Relaxing, slowing down the mind. That’s a lot! But Rome wasn’t built in a day. This is certainly true for good balance. It takes time, a commitment to yourself and regular attendance in an exercise program. Good balance gives you a great feeling, no matter your age. Exploring all the many aspects of balance and finally conquering it really is fun. Once you have good balance in your life it gives you the confidence you always wanted. For more info : taichi4modesto.com or call (209) 572-4518

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Mary Layton has practiced T'ai Chi for 35 years and co-founded T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academy of Modesto in1995. She and her partner have taught hundreds of students. Mary travels frequently to learn from her teacher Grand Master Kai Ying Tung. Interested in every aspect of health Mary likes to follow a natural path. She loves writing, painting, gardening, hiking and playing piano.