Tai Chi & Qigong Terms for Basic Concepts and Stance

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New to Tai Chi & Qigong,
or Wanting to Clarify Familiar Concepts?

The below Tai Chi Terms
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"Maybe we should have World Tai Chi and Qigong Day every week."

    -- International Herald Tribune



"World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, takes place [the last Saturday of April] . . . To learn more, find instruction on the basics or discover a class in your area, go online to worldtaichiday.org."

  -- USA Weekend












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TEACHERS, this page is a great resource for your new students. By having your new students read through these helpful tips (see menu above/right), they will be able to understand more clearly what you are teaching them.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine section helps your students see how your teaching is a rich part of TCM.

In the Tips on Class Structure and etiquette your students will learn about challenges they'll face, and how to behave in class to make your job easier, and more effective.

The section on "Not Blaming Your Teacher," for challenges you face, can help you relax and enjoy your classes more as your students "lighten up" on themselves, and on you.




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The information provided is courtesy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi and Qigong, now in fourth edition, with nearly 150 web video support videos to compliment the 300 illustrated instructions.

This overview of Tai Chi and Qigong has been heralded by Booklist Magazine, the nation's premiere library journal, by the United States Tai Chi Forms Grand Champion, Sifu Hong Yijao, and by Team USA Senior Coach, Dr. Michael Steward, Sr., who wrote that although he had studied and taught Tai Chi for over 30 years, he read this book 7 times, and found something new from it each time.




World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has presented for the National Parkinson's Foundation National Conference; the ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) Association; Nursing Programs for Fibromyalgia Health Workers, and has consulted for major corporations; the National Council on the Aging; and helped produce an introductory Tai Chi & Qigong DVD now available through physicians nationally at no charge to patients.

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 The Horse Stance & Dan Tien Ride Together Again

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The Horse Stance and Dan Tien

The dan tien is the basis of the Horse Stance.

The Horse Stance is the basic stance for all martial arts, including Tai Chi.

It aligns the three dan tien points, upper, middle, and lower (see video in column to right), to give you the best posture and most effortless, yet powerful, movement.

Tai Chi - (Horse Stance)

Note that the head is drawn upward toward the sky, as if a string were pulling from the center of the head. The chin is slightly pulled in, and the tailbone or sacrum is dropped down. This has the effect of lengthening the spine.









"Maybe we should have World Tai Chi and Qigong Day every week."

    -- International Herald Tribune



"World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, takes place [the last Saturday of April] . . . To learn more, find instruction on the basics or discover a class in your area, go online to worldtaichiday.org."

  -- USA Weekend












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video about "The 3 Dan Tiens"




TEACHERS, this page is a great resource for your new students. By having your new students read through these helpful tips (see menu above/right), they will be able to understand more clearly what you are teaching them.

The Traditional Chinese Medicine section helps your students see how your teaching is a rich part of TCM.

In the Tips on Class Structure and etiquette your students will learn about challenges they'll face, and how to behave in class to make your job easier, and more effective.

The section on "Not Blaming Your Teacher," for challenges you face, can help you relax and enjoy your classes more as your students "lighten up" on themselves, and on you.


The information provided is courtesy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi and Qigong, now in fourth edition, with nearly 150 web video support videos to compliment the 300 illustrated instructions.

This overview of Tai Chi and Qigong has been heralded by Booklist Magazine, the nation's premiere library journal, by the United States Tai Chi Forms Grand Champion, Sifu Hong Yijao, and by Team USA Senior Coach, Dr. Michael Steward, Sr., who wrote that although he had studied and taught Tai Chi for over 30 years, he read this book 7 times, and found something new from it each time.


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Tips:
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Chinese Medicine:
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World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has been a Tai Chi source for The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal; BBC World Radio; The South China Morning Post; USA Weekend; Parade Magazine; Reader's Digest, and over 100 media worldwide.

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 The Vertical Axis

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The Vertical Axis and You

Many lower back injuries are caused by poor performance posture. Tai Chi will encourage you to maintain good posture and will remind you when you get sloppy. Proper posture is found in aligning the three dan tien points over the soles of the feet, with the weight slightly more to the heels than the front.

This figure illustrates how the spine is lengthened as you drop into the Horse Stance, although this is an exaggeration.


Tai Chi - (Vertical Axis Posture)


As you practice Tai Chi's slow gentle forms, your back will experience discomfort whenever you forget posture and let your butt creep out too much. However, the slow, low-impact nature of Tai Chi will alert you to correct posture long before real damage occurs. This is what sets Tai Chi apart from other training. If done correctly, slowly, and gently, Tai Chi enables you to become aware of any poor physical habits long before physical damage is done. In fact, you often don't become aware of problems in high-impact sports until the doctor is telling you not to play that sport ever again.

One amazing aspect of Tai Chi is that it replicates ALL the movements we go through in our daily lives.

When your "Snake Creeps Down," you are loading the dishes in the dish washer (Thanks Liz Keith in Arizona for this clever image). When you "Push" or "Punch" you are shoveling snow, or pushing the lawn mower. When you "Pull Back" you are racking leaves, and on and on.

As you learn to move effortlessly from the Dan Tien in Tai Chi and Qigong movements, you move differently in all your daily activities, and you get more done, with less strain, and more power.

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Tai Chi - (Horse Stance)

Note that the head is drawn upward toward the sky, as if a string were pulling from the center of the head. The chin is slightly pulled in, and the tailbone or sacrum is dropped down. This has the effect of lengthening the spine.

The information provided is courtesy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi and Qigong, now in fourth edition, with nearly 150 web video support videos to compliment the 300 illustrated instructions.

This overview of Tai Chi and Qigong has been heralded by Booklist Magazine, the nation's premiere library journal, by the United States Tai Chi Forms Grand Champion, Sifu Hong Yijao, and by Team USA Senior Coach, Dr. Michael Steward, Sr., who wrote that although he had studied and taught Tai Chi for over 30 years, he read this book 7 times, and found something new from it each time.


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Tips:
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Tips:
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Tips:
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Chinese Medicine:
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 Traditional Chinese
    Medicine & TC, QG


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World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has been a Tai Chi source for The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal; BBC World Radio; The South China Morning Post; USA Weekend; Parade Magazine; Reader's Digest, and over 100 media worldwide.

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 Sinking Your Qi (Chi) - "Filling and Emptying"

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Everything & the Sinking Qi

Tai Chi is about sinking. This isn't like heaviness as in a ship sinking, but more of a weightless release of muscles, allowing the skeleton to effortlessly hold the weight of the body. Let your relaxed shoulders sink away from your neck as you sink into your movements. It's as if you were swimming through an atmosphere of effortlessness
as you move through your forms.


Sinking Your Weight

Each Tai Chi movement is associated with an inhale and/or an exhale. When you move and exhale, you allow the body to sink into a feeling of effortlessness. (See video link to right for a Qigong Breathing Lesson).

This is how it's done: As you transfer your weight from one leg to the other, relax the entire weight of the body down into the weight-bearing leg (see the animated video to the right "The 3 Dan Tiens").

The Chinese call this "sinking your Qi." By practicing this in Tai Chi you will move more effortlessly, and your balance will improve. This also promotes blood and energy circulation through the body and encourages less joint damage by removing chronic tension from your daily movements. Tight muscles make tighter joints.

In the FREE Online Video Lessons section you'll see examples of this. Also, view this video clip with added Qi lighting images when the woman is going through her Tai Chi movements. The lighting gives an indication of which of her legs or arms is filling with Qi and weight.


When your weight or Qi is sinking into the leg you are filling, you think of the spine elongating down and the Qi, or energy flowing through your leg, deep down into the earth below.

Tai Chi - (Vertical Axis Posture)






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"Qigong Breathing Lesson












  
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Above video will show you an animated example of how the lungs fill & empty during Qigong breathing.








Tai Chi - (Horse Stance)

As you flow your weight from one leg to another, it is as though the Dan Tien is carrying you effortlessly from the emptying leg over the filling leg. The body can deeply relax as you are in motion.

The information provided is courtesy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi and Qigong, now in fourth edition, with nearly 150 web video support videos to compliment the 300 illustrated instructions.

This overview of Tai Chi and Qigong has been heralded by Booklist Magazine, the nation's premiere library journal, by the United States Tai Chi Forms Grand Champion, Sifu Hong Yijao, and by Team USA Senior Coach, Dr. Michael Steward, Sr., who wrote that although he had studied and taught Tai Chi for over 30 years, he read this book 7 times, and found something new from it each time.


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 Don't Tear the Rice Paper . . . Grasshopper

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Don't Tear the Rice Paper!

In the TV series Kung Fu, you may have seen Kwai Chang Cane walk across the rice paper for his graduation ceremony at the Shao Lin Temple. This looked very mystical, but it was actually a very practical test.

The purpose of the test was to discover if he was pivoting the foot that was carrying his weight. In most Tai Chi, you do not pivot the weight-bearing foot because this can destabilize your balance. More important, doing this can also cause knee damage. Styles that do pivot on weight-bearing legs do so rarely and take certain precautions to prevent injury. These pivots are not recommended for arthritis sufferers.

Tai Chi movement is a process of "filling" and "emptying" each leg of Qi, or weight. The position of the dan tien over a leg determines that it is full, and the other leg is empty. You "fill" the opposite foot by shifting your dan tien over that opposite foot. Then your "empty" foot has no weight on it and can be pivoted with zero damage to the knee. The DVD insert's Tai Chi Long Form Lesson 1 Excerpt provides a visual example of how only the emptied foot is pivoted. Chapter 15's illustrated figures shadowing illustrations also clearly explain this for all this Long Form's movements in that chapter.






The below video includes an image of a woman doing a Tai Chi form, with special "energy" effects added, to help you see how energy flows through the body as you breathe, and relax into, your Tai Chi forms. You'll notice the energy is brighter in the leg she is filling with weight, as she moves over that leg she is also filling it with energy or Qi.

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Tai Chi - (Filling the Leg)

The vertical axis of the head and heart dan tien points lines up over the lower dan tien. This axis moving over a leg is filling that leg with Qi, or weight. As you let your breath out and relax your body weight onto a leg, you sink your Qi into that leg.






"World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, takes place [the last Saturday of April] . . . To learn more, find instruction on the basics or discover a class in your area, go online to worldtaichiday.org."

  -- USA Weekend




The information provided is courtesy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi and Qigong, now in fourth edition, with nearly 150 web video support videos to compliment the 300 illustrated instructions.

This overview of Tai Chi and Qigong has been heralded by Booklist Magazine, the nation's premiere library journal, by the United States Tai Chi Forms Grand Champion, Sifu Hong Yijao, and by Team USA Senior Coach, Dr. Michael Steward, Sr., who wrote that although he had studied and taught Tai Chi for over 30 years, he read this book 7 times, and found something new from it each time.


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     Find Local Classes

Tips:
     Horse Stance
                      
Tips:
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Tips:
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Chinese Medicine:
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     DVDs, Books, etc.

 TIPS:
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World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has presented for the National Parkinson's Foundation National Conference; the ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) Association; Nursing Programs for Fibromyalgia Health Workers, and has consulted for major corporations; the National Council on the Aging; and helped produce an introductory Tai Chi & Qigong DVD now available through physicians nationally at no charge to patients.

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has been a Tai Chi source for The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal; BBC World Radio; The South China Morning Post; USA Weekend; Parade Magazine; Reader's Digest, and over 100 media worldwide.

See our School Directory link below to find contact information for teachers and schools of many styles in your locality, no matter where you live.





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