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TAI CHI HIPS

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Last week in push hands class I was frustrated. My teacher and some Tai Chi classmates were telling me how stiff I was and how I was moving like a block. How could this be I said, I feel so relaxed in the inside. One of my friends mimicked my movements and said you are not creasing your hips. I was blown away thinking he was right. For years my teacher would tell me how the tendons, ligaments and sinews play such an important role in generating power in Tai Chi. I never really understood it until now. Creasing the...

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TAI CHI BREATHING

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When I first started learning the breath I would imagine filling and deflating like an inflatable raft, or the ballon at the water gun balloon game at the carnival. The top of my head and fingertips would be the outer edge of the inflated balloon.  This visualization really helped me to understand the relaxation and the path of chi. Breathe in as the balloon inflates and exhale as the balloon deflates. At the beginning of my training, I did not realize that the breath should ever stop at my head. As I practiced more I would imagine the breath passing through my head, feet,...

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TAI CHI MOVEMENT

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Breathe out and feel the path of relaxation as it travels down your back and into the earth. I have experienced a tightening of my lower back when stepping during the Tai Chi form. I have also witnessed some experienced Tai Chi players locking their lower backs as well. Next time as you breathe out try to follow the path of relaxation as it goes down your back and into your feet.  

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NO MIND

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I made my first conscious effort to practice the Tai Chi form without thinking "no mind". In the past, I have always practiced keeping in mind-body mechanics, breath, alignment, the next posture, etc. If my practice remains in this way my form will always be controlled from my mind. I need to learn to practice where my mind is in my center and trust that my body knows what to do. My center is two inches below my navel, this area is called the Dantian. Although I practiced my form very slowly today it seemed like time flew by, my form...

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