I'm just an ordinary person studying Tao/Taoism and Tai Chi

with the aim to apply my learnings to our modern world. 

Here are some of my comments/thoughts from my journey so far.  

 

2024-06-1315:37
Rooting in Tai Chi refers to the ability to maintain a stable and grounded stance while executin....
Rooting in Tai Chi refers to the ability to maintain a stable and grounded stance while executing movements. It's a fundamental concept in Tai Chi practice, emphasizing balance, stability, and connection with the ground.
Rooting involves proper alignment of the body, relaxation, and sinking the body's weight into the feet, creating a stable foundation. This stability allows practitioners to maintain balance even when encountering external forces or when transitioning between different postures.
To develop rooting in Tai Chi, practitioners focus on:
1. **Alignment**: Ensuring that the body is aligned properly, with the spine straight and the weight evenly distributed between the feet.
2. **Relaxation**: Relaxing the muscles while maintaining structural integrity. Tension can hinder roo Read More
2024-05-2408:25
The yin yang principle is really important when practicing tai chi. The unity of the opposites a....
The yin yang principle is really important when practicing tai chi. The unity of the opposites and the constant change between those extremes is well reflected in tai chi. Most practitioners are aware of the substantial(yang) /insubstantial(yin) leg/arm and that yin posture is followed by a yang posture and vice versa. But not many are aware that action/non-action is also reflected in tai chi. The non-action is also sometimes called settling between postures. Non-action within tai chi is a very brief, almost imperceptible pause between the conclusion of one posture and the beginning of the next. In some posture this brief pause can also occur within a posture as well. The breathing is also aligned/synchronized with the action/non-action. The brief pause is happening between in/out breathin Read More
2024-05-2008:02
That is my favourite one. I achieve maximum relaxation with this Qigong routine.Here are more in....
That is my favourite one. I achieve maximum relaxation with this Qigong routine.
Here are more info about it:
Liu Zi Jue, also known as "Six Healing Sounds Qigong," is a traditional Chinese qigong practice that involves a series of six breathing exercises, each associated with a different sound and organ of the body.
The six sounds are "Xu" (pronounced "shh"), "He" (pronounced "huh"), "Hu" (pronounced "who"), "Si" (pronounced "suh"), "Chui" (pronounced "chway"), and "Xi" (pronounced "she"). Each sound is associated with a different organ of the body, such as the lungs, kidneys, liver, heart, spleen, and triple warmer (a concept in Chinese medicine related to the body's metabolic processes).
The practice of Liu Zi Jue involves breathing in a specific way while making the sound associate Read More
2024-05-1909:20
The flow of movement is directed through the legs, waist, arms, hands and fingers.When the arm p....
The flow of movement is directed through the legs, waist, arms, hands and fingers.
When the arm pushes forwards and upwards, the leg pushes backwards and down, the practitioner always need be centered in the lower dantien.
#taichi #taichiprinciples #dantien
2024-05-1408:26
The three external harmonies principalinvolve the shoulders and hips, the elbows and knees, the ....
The three external harmonies principal
involve the shoulders and hips, the elbows and knees, the wrists
and ankles.
Basically,
• The shoulders move in harmony with the hips.
• The elbows move in harmony with the knees.
• The wrists move in harmony with the ankles.
but
• the hips lead the shoulder
• the knee leads the elbow
• the ankle leads the wrist
e.g. If the shoulders lead the movement of the hips than the practitioner will be top heavy and your opponent can easily borrow your energy.
#taichi #threeharmonies #taoism
2024-05-0609:03
So what is the meaning of insubstantial/substantial in terms of tai chi. Let’s consider the le....
So what is the meaning of insubstantial/substantial in terms of tai chi.
Let’s consider the legs first. The weight-bearing leg is the substantial leg and the lesser weighted leg is the insubstantial one.
In regards to arms the arm that is outstretched is considered the substantial arm and the lower one (usually more for defense) is the insubstantial one.
Also parts of the tai chi forms are considered substantial or insubstantial. For example a push is considered a substantial sub-move and a roll back an insubstantial one
During your Tai Chi practice you always transition between both. To know which one is the substantial or insubstantial one is really important.
#taichi #taichiprinciples #substantial #insubstantial
2024-04-2614:20
I personally find the Head Suspension principal one of the key one, which improved my Tai Chi Ch....
I personally find the Head Suspension principal one of the key one, which improved my Tai Chi Chuan a lot. It is part of the group of principals that is related to the posture and hence improves your overall posture of your Tai Chi Chuan.
This principal helps you to maintain an natural and erect head position. Imagine an invisible strand of silk lifting your head from the Crown Point (similar to the Crown Chakra in Yoga). This alignment reduces strain on the neck, encourages proper spinal alignment, and enhances focus and balance. It also creates openness and flexibility in your spine, allowing for correct postural alignment.
#taichi #taichiprinciples #headsuspension

 

 

 


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