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Coversations with Sensei K.V Subramanyan

1.Master, Can you Please tell us the relevance of Tai-Chi training in today's context & the other internal arts that you teach at your centre of Tao & Healing arts?

25 March 2017

Yes, certainly we need Tai-Chi in today's world more than any other time. Look around you, people have either forgotten to relax or there is no time for such things. Everybody is in a hurry. Fast food, fast life, no time for relaxing. Somebody said "when I was a small boy I was dying to become big & go to college, and then when I joined college I was dying to get a job. When I got a job, I was dying to get married & have children. Then when I had children I was dying for them to grow up. When they grew up, I was dying to see them get married & have children. Now I have grand children and I am old & dying. Suddenly I realize that I have not lived at all" Most of us are like this man. Always living either in the past or a glorified past which we call the future. So where does Tai-Chi fit in & how can it help? When you perform Tai-Chi at least for a few seconds it makes you live at the present, which is the only reality. They say "tomorrow's work do it today & today's work do it now. This is fine, but not at the cost of your health. Your breadth in your chest, and tensed, with the blood pressure shooting up. This is where Tai-Chi helps. Along with Tai-Chi, when I conduct intensive training camps, I combine Zazen (sitting meditation) and Pranayama. After many years of teaching and practice I have come to realize that no one can teach meditation. Meditation has to happen on its own. A master can only prepare you for the meditation to happen. Tai-Chi is meditation in movement.

2. Tai-Chi Chuan, it is said is an internal martial arts. Can you Please elaborate on this?

25 March 2017

Ashtanga yoga, is divided into three potions. Bhahiranga yoga, Antaranga Yoga, and the last Antarathma Yoga. Tai-Chi can fit into the second, i.e. Antaranga Yoga. Moving slowly with awareness, hardly aware of your own breathing�you are entirely transported to an other world. This is internal. In yoga you stretch & relax, in Tai Chi you relax & stretch. Since Tai Chi is a slow moving exercise you can perform it with your mind somewhere else. But then it is not Tai Chi. Correct Tai Chi is done with awareness, every moment is done with intention. When you move your body with slowness and the mind over it, then that movement has its own beauty, your breadth is calm & mind is at ease. To me, slowness makes this art a unique one. Such inner satisfaction which cannot be put into words.

3. What are the tangible benefits one can expect from Tai-Chi practice?

25 March 2017

Tangible benefits of Tai Chi practice can be first inner control. The feeling of living life more intensely� good health. It can eliminate many nervous illnesses; Tai Chi is one of the best ways to control physical & mental activities. It is perfectly possible to accomplish enormous amount of work while still remaining in a with drawn state of mind. Only the unwise think that in a life every thing must be done fast. Tai Chi classics say "Once you learn Tai Chi you are reborn".

4. Are there any deeper benefits� in the philosophical realm so to speak that one can expect from regular training of Tai-Chi.

25 March 2017

In the beginning you learn the internal art of Tai Chi from a master who has already mastered it. Then once you have learned it, you must practice it regularly, otherwise you will forget it. It is told most difficult thing in Tai Chi is to remember Tai Chi. Once you have learned the art, then you will do it in a slow rhythm without paying attention to your breathing (if you concentrate on your breathing the movements will be clumsy & the internal energy 'Chi' will be disturbed.) you will suddenly feel you are very light in the body. A very nice soothing feeling. Then more and more will start happening which you will feel only if you keep up your regular practice.

5. How is Tai-Chi, Zen Meditation & Tao all connected?

25 March 2017

I, having spent many years with some great but very little publicly known masters, who could by a mere touch transport you to a higher state of consciousness. This has made me to realise that many of the internal arts, for instance like 'Chi Kung' has its base in india. Once when I was attending course in Kundalini Yoga, This master who has never been out of India showed certain movements which is very similar to Chi Kung. Now how did this master know this? This only shows that these internal arts have been existing for years and years in India and always kept well guarded secret. India's greatest contribution to the world is 'Dhyana'. And coming back to Tai-Chi Practice it is nothing but Dhyana in motion. Zen advocates mindful meditation and Taoisim again advocates similar methods of reaching higher state of consciousness. But ultimately it is all the same.