We started our May class on Monday and it was such a surprise - we have some 6 new students severely stretching our physical resources. We have to open the double doors to enable enough room for all the students. We were going to have a winter break BUT I am rethinking that. The size of the class has meant that we will have to run two consecutive classes. We start at 7.30 am for new students and 8 am for continuing / advanced students.
I have been reading in the field of memory and neuroplasticity for quite a while now and find it fascinating. One of the things that the author of this blog postulates is that Tai Chi is able to enhance the formation or activation of mirror neurones - something I very much believe is in some ways unique to Tai Chi - perhaps circus performers who work together on balance and wires also develop this capacity very strongly.
Essentially this is true, as the power of mirror neurons (which is what is being implied here) is extremely well researched and one of the breakthroughs of neuroscience. "It seems likely that mirror neurons can trace their evolutionary history from the need to mirror (or imitate) someone else doing a task, in order to be able to learn it yourself. But as the quote above says, the mirror neurons also fire, if you imagine watching someone do a task, even if that someone is an idealised you." the link http://taichiblog.spiralwise.co.uk/2011/05/mirror-neuron-visulisation.html