Tai Chi Workshops by Angie Wood

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We use the term Chi energy which is our life-force energy or internal energy flowing around our body, which if not activated can become stagnant or if it becomes to active can become overwhelming.

Our Chi energy starts at our centre

We use the phrase Tant’ien pronounced (Dant’ien) to refer to our centre which is where our body’s center of gravity is and the first part of our body to be formed, this is approximately three fingers width below our navel and three fingers width inwards, (you may have to lift up your clothing and actually look where your navel is). We make sure we become aware of our center keeping our internal energy soft and fluid.

Breathing

As we go through life, from one moment to the next we tend to just take our body for granted leaving it to DO what it DOES. Not giving it a moment’s thought to what we leave it to just DO.

During learning the Tai Chi form and practicing our stances we learn to take back leaving our body to just doing and we decide where our body is going and what it is going to do by getting to feel it and know it.

Breathing is one of those things we just leave our body to just “DO”.

The type of breathing we will be doing throughout our T’ai Chi is called abdominal or diaphragmatic breathing.

Abdominal breathing is breathing using your diaphragm.

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 hand form and exercises.

All the odd numbers in the hand form are a breath IN and all the even numbers are a breath OUT, giving our T’ai Chi  a uniform rhythm.

There are many different variations of breath work which we will cover at different times in the modules.