My opinion on body alignment vs energy cultivation in Tai Chi practice.
Physical and Psychological freedom from tension are the goals.
The release of tension in the body can lead to the release of unconscious memories to the conscious mind. This is true because we can suppress painful or traumatic experiences by unconsciously tensing certain parts of our musculature. There is also anecdotal and subjective evidence to support this, such as the spontaneous tears that may… Read more »
Criticism We can be criticized by any number of different people for any number of different reasons. We can be criticized by our boss, our teacher, our parent, or spouse, even our child. Criticism from others is often justified by calling it constructive criticism, but no matter how it is labelled or how diplomatically given,… Read more »
The Dantien What is traditionally called the Dantien has an important place in the discussion of Tai Chi. The Dantien is said to be an energy point/nexus located approximately 2 inches bellow the navel, but within the body. It is often said to be a reservoir of what is often called ‘chi’ in Chinese. Whether… Read more »
Introduction You are lying on a stone outcropping in a verdant forest. Your eyes are closed, and you wait in anticipation touched with fear, for everything to begin. You hear the low murmuring of the man with you; the man standing above you. He is said to be a healer, and you need some serious… Read more »
Relax Relaxation is the priority and prime focus of all Taoist Exercise and Martial Arts, including Qigong. Relaxation is induced through deep breathing, awareness of and release of tension, awareness of breath, and mindfulness. Breathing in the practice of qigong is a deep diaphragmatic breathing with an expansion of the abdomen on the in-breath, and… Read more »
What is Qi? Is it truly a part of Taiji practice? Can it be used to augment Taiji’s martial and self-defense abilities?
Benefits The benefits of a consistent Tai Chi practice are many and varied. These benefits fall into the categories of physical benefits, emotional benefits, and spiritual benefits. Physical Benefits Among the physical benefits we have: The release of physical tension.Greater balance.Greater flexibility and range of motion.Increased leg strength.An increase in one’s ability to defend oneself… Read more »
Relax The master principle of all Tai Chi movement is the principle of Relaxation, looseness, ‘song’. When one relaxes completely into the skeletal and fascial structure of one’s body, one naturally aligns one’s body with the principle of effective (effortlessly effective) body mechanics. Aligning bodily with effortlessly effective body mechanics encourages the body to move… Read more »