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TAI CHI BREATHING

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I was reading an article about relaxing during stressful situations. The article said breath in and out from your lower abdomen. On the exhale feel the relaxation. I tried it and immediately felt the feeling they were speaking of in the article. I found that the relaxed feeling is actually both on the inhale and the exhale. I was thinking, how can an average person who is new to breathing techniques calm themselves with this de-stress technique. I breathed into my lower abdomen without moving any other part of my body except my lower abdomen and couldn't feel relaxed. The...

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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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TAI CHI POSTURES AND MOVEMENTS

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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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