- Tai Chi
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The basic characteristics of Tai Chi are, mental focus by discharging all distracting thoughts and thus improving self regulation, calmness of the heart by reducing stress and relaxing and loosening of the body. Whilst calm, concentrate on every movement of the routine, and start using the mind to guide each action. Beginners to Tai Chi will find it very difficult to control breathing, so its important to just keep to natural style of breathing. As you progress in learning Tai Chi you will be able to control your breathing using the Tai Chi Methods eg “Chuan Style Breathing”. Poor breathing techniques will make balance difficult, can cause mental stress making it difficult to relax body, and the occurrence of negative changes in the body does not meet the Tai Chi Chuan Characteristics.
HEAD should upright, not bowed, slanted backwards or askew and should be held in the natural position.
NECK must be straight, upright not held under pressure or too loose.
SHOULDERS should be relaxed with the arms in the lower relaxed position.
ELBOWS should be relaxed and sag downwards, naturally bent and not stiff.
CHEST should be in the naturally relaxed position, not puffed up.
WAIST should be aligned, relaxed, loose, and heavy.
HIPS should be aligned with waist and shoulders not prominent or bowed.
THIGHS should be loose allowing the waist and hip joints to be more flexible and coordinated.