It wasn’t easy but I’ve managed to slow my breathing rate down while practicing the embrace the tree stance. I now breathe at a rate of 1 breath per 4 seconds which works at to about 540 breaths for my current 36 minute 30 second stance. Earlier I was breathing at about 1 breath per […]
Here’s a way of relaxing the body when you are practicing standing postures such as Embrace the Tree. Scan your entire body and check for any tense muscles If you discover a tense muscle direct your attention to it and then breathe into it and exhale As you exhale, feel the muscle completely relax
When practicing aerobic Tai Chi drills (e.g. Sabre form) make sure you regulate your breathing.
While practicing my Embrace the Tree stance I count each breath I take for the entire 20 minutes. That’s 540 breaths – one per 2.2 seconds. Here’s why I count my breaths: I can focus on my tan tien for the entire workout It distracts my mind from saying things like ‘give up, my legs […]
Regulate your breathing – slow, smooth and deep – during your Tai Chi practice.