Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Breathing and Tai Chi/World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day 4/26

In celebration of World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day April 26, I thought it fitting to post a blog.

During a class I taught recently, someone asked why we were learning relaxation techniques and proper breathing.

Good Tai Chi involves energy flow which comes from breathing correctly, we learn to relax in movement so the energy we create can flow freely inside us.

When practicing Tai Chi, we need to be mindful of the all the benefits it gives us:
  • calmness through concentration,
  • better energy flow resulting in better physiology responses through out the body,
  • flexibility, and
  • muscle tonicity from practicing the movements over time.

This is the paradox of Tai Chi: on the outside, it looks very simple — but there are many subtle nuances.

Remember, too, that Tai Chi is a martial art. The movements you learn and practice in this form all have meaning and importance.

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