Regulate your breathing – slow, smooth and deep – during your Tai Chi practice.
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When I first learned Tai Chi it was taught the ‘square’ way – stopping and starting at various points.
Very mechanical, without circles.
Once I learned the Wu Style Tai Chi form the next step was to round it out i.e. make it more circular and continous.
One method that helps me to round out the form is to think of circles when practicing the form. I imagine my arms and legs following the outline of a circle.
For example, in Grasping The Bird’s Tail posture when I have my hands in the left corner position at eye level – I imagine my arms forming a circle. And at the same time as my arms move to the right I imagine my hands following the arc of a circle which is at eye level in front to me.
This gives me a more rounded feeling as I practice the form.
It doesn’t matter what style of Tai Chi you practice you can still use the circle technique to round out your form.
Why not have a go and let me know how it feels?
Practicing the traditional Wu Style Tai Chi form (108 movemetns) should take about 15-20 minutes.
But sometimes when I’m in a rush or not concentrating I end up practicing for less than 15 minutes.
When this happens I concentrate on occasionally saying the phrase ‘hardly moving’ to myself which slows me down considerably.
My body, arm amd leg movements barely move which is what I want to happen.
It’s really a mind game to remind myself to slow the form down.
And I suppose it doen’t matter what word or phrase you use as long as the duration of your Tai Chi form is not below 15 minutes – preferably 20 or more minutes.
When I practice the form for around 20 minutes I notice there is a deeper sense of relaxation as opposed to practicing for less than 15 minutes.
I know how long I practice for by setting an electronic clock. Each practice I record the length of time to see if I’m consistently around the 20 minute mark.
If not, then it’s time to hardly move.
Here’s a very good clip by Glen Hairston that shows the correct way of throwing a Tai Chi punch at various distances.
Respect yourself and others will respect you.