The Wuwei Princeton Story

I wished I'd learned this years ago.

 

Hi, I'm Mackenzie Hawkins.

I wish Iā€™d learned Tai Chi years ago ā€“ā€“ that is why I started the Wuwei Princeton Family Studio. Though I was already a longtime meditator, it was Tai Chi at Master Wonchull Park's Wuwei Taichi School that gave me the framework and practice for a lifelong journey toward optimal performance and greater relaxation.

For the past three years, I have worked with Master Park to make his teachings more widely accessible. This includes bringing Tai Chi as an internal martial art, health exercise, and philosophy to children in the West.

It's about answering the challenge: What might be possible if we start now -- whatever our age or wherever we may be in life -- and learn how to reduce our stress? If we can kickstart a self-reinforcing pattern of feeling better and doing better, where might this take us? What untapped potential might be reached?

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art and health exercise based on Taoist philosophy. The practice of Tai Chi form is a "moving meditation" that facilitates greater mindful-awareness and relaxation, resulting in improved resilience, responsiveness, and effective action.

 More below on Tai Chi & Stress: 6 Guiding Points.


Wuwei Princeton Family Studio

The Wuwei Princeton Family Studio offers classes for adults and children in Tai Chi and mindfulness meditation. It is located at 25 Spring Street, in downtown Princeton, NJ.

The Wuwei Unlimited Family Pass combines unlimited class access -- for children and adults! -- with free semi-private lessons for children. An alternative option is to register for an individual class. No-fuss scholarship opportunities are also available.

Wuwei Princeton Family Studio

Wuwei Princeton Family Studio

For more information, submit the New Student form or email me at jmhawkin@alumni.princeton.edu.


Tai Chi & Stress: 6 Guiding Points at Wuwei Princeton

1. Stress hurts health and well-being.

Stress is a short-term survival mechanism. But in Princeton, NJ, there are no tigers chasing us (only tiger mascots). It is stress that is putting us at long-term risk and reducing our vitality, both day-to-day and in the decades to come.

2. Stress limits performance.

This is the crucial life lesson from the martial art of Tai Chi. We learn how to re-frame, practice, and test what it takes to do our best. In the process, we shift away from thinking of relaxation as a "break from action" and come to realize that relaxation is the key to all-out, optimal performance.

3. Trying to get rid of stress is another stress!

By putting into practice the Taoist understanding of wuwei, we don't worry about trying to get rid of stress. We don't worry about "trying to do it correctly." We know that the first step toward 'better' is to stop struggling ineffectively with ourselves.

4. We understand and practice effective ways to journey away from stress toward relaxation and comfort-in-action.

Instead of getting caught up in the stress of trying, we focus on the experiential -- i.e., on actually feeling what is going on -- and on truly understanding how we get in our own way. We use awareness and rational thinking to kick-start a positive feedback cycle that is not limited to any "special principle" or technique. This general approach (which is the key characteristic of Master Park's teaching) is crucial for safely and steadily progressing toward our own full potential.

5. Starting this journey sooner rather than later is a good idea (but it is never too late).

It's time to start giving children the life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. And the Wuwei Princeton Family Studio is answering the call! What could be more important for our quality of life -- for health, well-being, success at whatever we do, and all-around, all-out living -- than than being able to achieve optimal performance through relaxation?

6. When we go together, we go further.

Studies show that our stress spreads to those who are near and dear to us. And so, too, does relaxation and comfort-in-action. Wuwei Princeton is a family studio because the benefits don't just "add up" -- they multiply across siblings, across spouses, and between parent and child. (Plus, it's just more fun when it's something we share.)

Tai Chi makes "the easy" easier.
It makes "the hard" easy.
And it makes "the impossible" possible.

I hope you consider joining me on this adventure toward "more possible" possible!

                                                                                 Mackenzie


 
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