Tai Chi Practical, Everyday Applications

Will the real tai chi please stand up?

How long each day do most tai chi practitioners practice tai chi; practice doesn’t have to be limited to 10 minutes a day. Tai Chi is a useful aid during any activity; and can be learned to be incorporated into your way of life, so that it can enable anyone to walk, jog, lift, push, pull or even dance with more ease and efficiency.  The principles of body mechanics that you learn as your body get used to moving efficiently when practicing tai chi should be used all the time. Energy flow is channeled during all activities; your body develops muscle memory, even when you are outside walking. 

When walking outdoors focus on weight distribution and relax the muscles surrounding the rib cage. As you are stepping down or compressing your energy,  the balls of the forward foot and the heal maintain contact with the ground and the big toe presses down during the action step.

It can even be practiced in the gym. Just visualize the elliptical machine..The big toe on the right foot is coordinating with the thumb of the left hand. …  All 4 limbs must move in a correlated manner. 

As you walk on slippery surfaces such as the snow make sure your rib cage is relaxed. As you walk in the snow or on any slippery street sinking/rooting is essential.  

As you come up to a very heavy door, body coordination makes it easier to open.  You cannot as shown here be off balance. You must coordinate the action with the rest of your body’s energy. 

When dancing “pressing” and “flipping” to lead….pressing down on the big toe and following with the toe of the other foot  In all the above examples the tai chi principles are evident. Tai chi is basically single weighted…or, in other words the bulk of weight distribution is always on one foot.

During each action breathing occurs, during pre-action energy is compressed. The rib cage muscles must always be relaxed and the action must be coordinated with breathing.

 

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