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Tai Chi Tips

Here are some tips that may be useful-

If you are new to Tai  Chi, try working on a comfortable stance that's not too low.  This lets you relax more, and takes pressure off the knees.  Over time its easier to lower the stance, or lengthen it if you wish. 

Also, try adjusting the width of the stance to about shoulder or hip width.  This also reduces knee stress, and makes shifting and turning easier.

Generally, the knee doesn't have to extend past the big toe.

Shifting and turning guides the hands.  If you focus mostly on the hands then the shoulders can relax as the hands follow the body motion. Edit Text


Even if you don't have the time to practice Tai Chi Chuan, or Tai Chi Chi Gung, here are some simple exercises that can make a difference in your life. 

ABDOMINAL BREATHING: Relax. Stand or sit in a fairly straight chair. To shift your breathing from upper chest to lower abdomen, place the hands a few inches below the navel. Breathe slowly so that the area under the hands expands against a slight pressure exerted by the hands on the lower abdomen. Relax, and the air slowly exhales. Repeat with inhalation, etc. Do this for five minutes to start with. This basic awareness and development of abdominal breathing is central to many meditative and martial arts. Reader's Digest for December 2000 featured an article about "belly breathing" and its benefits. 

RELAX THE KNEES, HIPS, AND SHOULDERS: this releases a lot of stored tension, and allows you to focus on deep breathing, especially when standing.

ROCK THE FEET: This is an excellent exercise if you sit for more than 30 minutes, especially in confined spaces, airplane seats, waiting rooms, etc.
Stretch-out the legs, and stretch the toes down to the ground. Next, flex the toes upward creating a rolling motion over the heel. Breathe in as the toes go up; exhale as the toes go down. Repeat for about one minute.

Point of View:   A nice example of how a frame of mind in a situation can affect an inner state of relaxation is related by Chuang Tzu in the story of The Empty Boat:  If someone is rowing and bumps into a log, he pushes it aside, and continues on his way.  If he sees its an empty boat, he pushes it aside, or perhaps ties it securely somewhere out of the way. But if he sees its a boat with people in it, he gets angry.