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T’ai Chi For Dummies
From T'ai Chi For Dummies by Therese Iknoian
The ancient practice of T’ai Chi and Qigong includes postures and movements, as well as a philosophy. T’ai Chi also has its own lingo — words and concepts you need to know.

Basic T’ai Chi and Qigong Movements
If you’re practicing the ancient postures of T’ai Chi, you need to become familiar and fluid in adopting the basic stances and movements. The following illustrations show some elementary positions to master:

As with many disciplines that originated in the East. The principles of T’ai Chi in the following list tell you how to live in harmony in your world: Slow down. T’ai Chi incorporates a philosophy along with its physical practice.How to Follow the Principles of T'ai Chi T'ai Chi is more than just movements and postures. Forcing things is an antithesis in T’ai Chi. Physical and mental stress makes you tense up and get all the forms wrong. never . This is the Grand Ultimate Principle because you begin to find all the benefits of T'ai Chi if you go slowly. Take it easy. Think in curves. Movement in T’ai Chi is always curved and circular.

and byways in your body through which energy flows. This is based on the ancient Chinese philosophy of yin and yang. Think smooth as silk. That cuts into your energy flow. This grounds you. good balance is essential to good T’ai Chi — and to life. Live fully." these are the streets. This is the ultimate.straight and linear. let your knees relax and bend at the joint. Dan Tien: Literally meaning "elixir field. Not herky-jerky with breaks. Meridians: Also known as "energy pathways. Move the whole package. and reach and pull back. Yin and yang: The terms for opposites that are opposing. not just a wrist or leg. Just as all things in the universe are reciprocal. Your whole body. The terms in the following list represent the basic concepts you need to know to enhance your practice of T’ai Chi: Chi: Otherwise known as "life energy. This allows one movement to flow seamless to the next and promotes a better flow of your chi (energy). Stay rooted. forward and back. weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing. lets energy flow from the earth into your body. Both physically and mentally. in which all living things are opposing yet complementary." this area is located approximately between your navel and pubic bone and is a storehouse of body energy. is a part of T'ai Chi movement. like any other practice. can block energy from flowing through your body. And be simple at your core. Always feel that you are firmly planted on the ground. Blocked chi can cause sickness or unhappiness. Chuang-Tzu offers a quote to live by: “Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting what you are doing. Move and think as if you are on wheels. These pathways can get "kinked" from poor health and stress and.” T'ai Chi Terms to Know T’ai Chi has its own lingo. Sink lower. In other words. Live naturally. therefore. Think action-reaction. Be simple. and allows you to overpower your opponent by getting beneath his or her energy and center. Think flow. Balance your movements. roads. yet . Stay balanced. T’ai Chi is a about balancing your moves — for example." chi is the life force that pulses through your body and keeps you vital. Go with the flow. This applies not only to T’ai Chi but also to life — what else is new? In The Writings of Chuang-Tzu.

.complementary. Inc. Copyright © 2013 & Trademark by John Wiley & Sons. All rights reserved. A concept used throughout all of T’ai Chi and Qigong.

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