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STILLNESS IN MOTION

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The discoveries I made during my first 2 years of practicing tai chi chuan This post was written by LK who is a guest blogger on Taichi-daily.com I came to tai chi chuan by chance and stayed because I loved the exquisite beauty of its flowing movements and its calming effect that I felt right away. At the time, I saw it as an alternative to traditional sitting meditation (which I tried to master many times over many years and only ended up torturing myself), as well as one of somatic arts, a kinesthetically intelligent and beautiful movement system that...

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TAI CHI MOMENTUM

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My form usually consists of paying attention to quite a few points and working on them for a week or more. This morning's practice my attention happened to be on my feet. The foot is neither the beginning nor the end but it starts the momentum the rest of the body follows. Each step as I shift into the substantial foot, I am feeling the Chi travel through my body. It starts below the ground up through the bottom of my substantial foot and passes through my body and out to infinity. Then new chi energy travels back down through my head, through my...

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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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