Breathing in The T'ai Chi Hand Form
The type of breathing we will be doing throughout our T’ai Chi is called abdominal breathing.
Abdominal breathing is breathing using your diaphragm.
EXHALE through your mouth and INHALE through your nose.
INHALE through your nose and EXHALE through your mouth.
It is deep breathing using the full extent of your lung capacity. It is called abdominal breathing because the movement of your diaphragm will expand your lower abdomen during the inhale and contract your lower abdomen during the exhale, massaging your internal organs.
This is the type of breathing we need to practice to utilize the full benefits we get when practicing our T’ai Chi Form and exercises.
Get rid of the OLD to absorb the NEW
Energy IN energy OUT
Give OUT receive IN
Extend OUT recall IN
Understanding balance to stay centered and upright, relaxing and learning to let go so we can be sensitive to our movements, coordinating and harmonizing with our breath creating a continues strong dynamic circle within ourselves so we know when to extend and when to recall our energy.
There are two main types of breathing we practice in studying T'ai Chi
YIN (stimulates) Turns things on
Breathe in by the nose placing the back of the tongue on the front of the palate filling the lower abdomen then the middle section then the upper chest approx. ten seconds then let go of the breath approx. 6 seconds
YIN breathing stimulates the mid brain increasing the energy from earth.
Activating YIN breathing stimulates the Sympathetic nerve to speed up the heart rate which puts us in Flight or Fight
YANG (sedates) Turns things off
Breath IN by the nose placing the back of the tongue on the front of the roof of the palate and concentrate on the lower abdomen filling it completely approx. 6 seconds then Breath OUT by the mouth controlling the breath slow and long about 10 seconds.
In todays world we tend to have everything turned on and forget to turn them of.