Practicing Tai Chi is not merely a swing of the arm and the movement of the feet. There is a reason behind every movement and style. These concepts paved the way to building every form of Tai Chi. For proper Tai Chi, it is important to pay attention to and review the movements.
Here are 10 of the most important concepts of Tai Chi that you should never take for granted. Remember these and it will make you appreciate more the forms that are performed.
Tai Chi is done with emphasis on every movement and the fashion of every pattern must be connected with one another. Meaning every motion made must always start from the spine, going down to the waist, then moving lower to the legs and the feet, then it is simultaneously going up to the body then the arms, hands and last, the fingers.
Maintain your shoulders dropped so that any tension will be eliminated. Shoulders that are always propped are said to have overflowing tension.
Your wrists must always be straight in order to form a lady??ª?s hand if you are performing the Cheng form. All points apply to all forms of Tai Chi but the lady??ª?s hand is basic and a very important trait of the Cheng form in order to cultivate the energy flowing through the body.
Moving slowly should always be done every step of the way. It can never be overemphasized because the slow smoothness of your motions will improve the connection of your body and your environment.
Never let anything disconnect you. You should always stay connected with every instruction. If you have been disconnected, continue to perform the movements and listen carefully to the instructions so that you can overcome any distraction.
Your knees must always be bent during the entire form. Your height must not bob down and up. There are some variations, but all the while, your height must always be maintained at a level that is constant.
The power of Tai Chi travels differently from the movement of Tai Chi. Power of Tai Chi will start from the feet going up to the legs, controlling the shoulders, and will be expressed by the fingers and hands.
Your head must be maintained as if it was suspended on air.
Your chest must be depressed and your back should be raised but this must be done without exerting any force.
Your breath must be focused on your ??ª?dan tien??ª? but force must not be exerted. As you progress in Tai Chi, you will become more focused; your breathing will become more synchronized; and your body will feel more fluid.