Did you notice how your body felt when you woke up this morning? How about in the middle of the day or last night before you went to bed? When we have aches and pains, we often notice our body “talking” to us. However, in the absence of pain we tend to not really notice the tiny whispers our bodies give us.

There are ways you can begin to be more present in your body which will help you notice when it’s calling for attention before it starts to scream.

Practicing mindful awareness helps bring us into the present moment in our bodies. We can do it anywhere, anytime. You can do it right now as you are reading this by pausing to take a deep breath and feeling how it expands in the chest and belly. Practice holding the breath for a moment and then releasing slowly.

Becoming present in your body can help you notice how it feels after a big meal, during a walk in the park, or as you are lying down to sleep. This awareness will help you to be alert to signs of stress or illness that may occur.

Tai Chi is a gentle movement practice that offers a series of gentle, slow and meditative movements. When you practice Tai Chi, you can slow down and become fully aware and present in the body. It can aid in stress relief as well as balance and flexibility.

Join Lori Enloe, physical therapist and National Board-Certified Health and Wellness coach from the Wisconsin VA Medical Center for a 9-minute seated Tai Chi adaptive practice:


Practice other Tai Chi sessions with Lorie Enloe:

Live Whole Health #132: Tai Chi Warm-Ups – VA News

Live Whole Health #134: Seated Tai Chi basic moves – VA News

Are you curious about Tai chi and want to learn more?

You can read “Introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong for Whole Health” here.

By Andrea Young

Health Systems Specialist – Communications with the Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation

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Published on Sep. 19, 2022

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  1. Joy Roseberry September 26, 2022 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    would love to be able to give these classes, where and how can I get this course, Is there a grant?

  2. Bobbie September 22, 2022 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Great info about the seated exercises. Do you have similiar exercises for those who are bed bound and not able to sit up?

    I would like to sign-up for these lessons!

    Thank you!

  3. Felecia Whitaker September 21, 2022 at 8:20 pm - Reply

    Hello how do I get signed up for the Va to get into a Tai chi class I’m at 80%

  4. Luther W Berry September 21, 2022 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Wow, I’ve heard of Tai Chi but never thought it was for me! Sounds interesting and how it can help me be calmer and sleep issues I have; always self-talk whispering whyI can’t sleep or concentrate.

  5. TILDON Anthony September 21, 2022 at 4:08 pm - Reply


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