In The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Tai Chi, you will learn the basic reasons why Tai Chi can be useful for self-healing, strength, relaxation, and spiritual growth. You will also learn to understand what “chi” really is and how it matters in your body and life. Next, you will learn proper deep breathing, and follow along with some quick 5 minute breathing exercises. Afterwards, you can move into learning the “basic elements” which are essentially the physical techniques. You will end your “Tai Chi 101” course with a follow along class. This class can be done in the morning, afternoon, or evening – anytime you want to bring life force into your being and energize yourself. Let’s get started!
What is Chi?
Chi is an eastern term for what westerners would call Life Force. This life force is the energy that permeates and moves through everything that exist everywhere. Scientist call this life force Quantum Energy. Scientist have found through experimentation that quantum energy is affected by thought. In controlled experiments they found the outcome of an experiment changes as they think differently about the experiment. That is something very important to think about. When you direct your thoughts quantum life force energy changes and creates different outcomes. So what we think co-creates what we manifest through the interaction of our thoughts and life force.
Life Force acts much like bio electric energy within our bodies. Life force energy travels through your body along lines that are called meridians. There are major and minor meridians throughout your body. The major meridians travel through the major organs of the body. When we have an illness in the body we find that our energy is being blocked or out of balance. Acupuncture is used in alternative medicine to target this energy and rebalance your system when ill. Also remembering that what you think also has great bearing on your health and well being.
With Tai Chi and Chi Kung we learn to work with this life force. You learn how the energy feels and how to direct it with focus, and emotional intent. In Mastering Life Force we are learn how to identify, direct and use Chi in the the balance of mind, body, emotional and spiritual health and harmony.
I have found breathing to be one of the most important elements in bringing your body into balance and harmony. Using meditation breathing is a gateway to learning how energy feels and how to move it through the body. It is a physical sensation that helps one bring awareness and presence into their life.
We need to see that proper breathing bring energy into the body by the charged molecules of air. This energy and life force coming into our body feeds and revitalizes our body vehicle. Using proper breathing is one of the easiest ways to bring positive benefits and health.
To learn how to breath properly place your hands over your solar plexus. Breath in deeply until your hands are pushed out filling your lungs all the way. now hold the air in for a few seconds and let all the energy from the air transfer into your body,. Exhale the spent air molecules out very slowly until your hands go down with your solar plexus and all the air is out of the lungs. When exhaling I actually used a forced breathing technique where I come down my mouth and check and restrict the amount of air flowing out.
We want to hear, feel and experience the breathing. We want to bring our awareness to the completeness of the experience. We place our awareness on how the air feels coming in and how it feels going out. We then move into how our body feels as we breathe, moving our awareness to every part of ourself. Then we expand this awareness to everything that is within our feeling and presence.
Practicing deep breathing several times a day and throughout your Tai Chi and Chi Kung exercises will help you reduce the damaging effects of stress, improve your concentration, focus, energy levels and your overall health and fitness.
Two simple levels of breathing techniques you can practice just sitting in your chair… It is recommended that you start at level 1 and gradually work your way up to level 2, depending on how soon you feel comfortable with that level.
Level 1 Breathing Exercise
Our first breathing exercise should be done 2-3 times a day for best results. Make sure you are in a comfortable seated position. Inhale through your nose to the count of 3. Hold your breath for the count of 12. Exhale through your mouth to the count of 6. Repeat 10 times. Afterwards continue with more Tai Chi exercises, meditation, relaxation, or whatever seems right for you.
Level 2 Breathing Exercise
A more “advanced” exercise for increasing lung capacity, life force, and body focusing. Inhale through your nose to a count of 5. Hold your breath for the count of 20. Exhale through your mouth for the count of 10. Repeat 10 times.
Five Power Principles You Must Always Engage
The five power principles that you must always when working with Tai Chi and Chi Kung are:
(1) Breathing – deep breathing is used, in through the nose, out through the mouth. I use a forced exhalation technique so the air takes longer to go out than in. That way I get all the oxygen out of the air into my blood supply. When we inhale I use the term Yin breath, and exhale is the Yang breath. Yin is to bring in or internalize. Yang is to send out and externalize. Sometimes we talk about Yin and Yang Energy. So Yin energy is being brought into our system and Yang energy is being sent out.
(2) Movement – what happens when an individual sits on couch all day, day after day and simply does nothing. They become lethargic and out of balance. Their system is stagnant and disease easily sets in. Movement is critical in the Health, Harmony and Balance of the Human body and energy system. When you move your electrical system is working and energizing different areas of the body. When you move blood is pumped more thoroughly through the body and a cleansing process is working through the pulsing and pumping of the system.
(3) Relaxation – If you take a water hose and kink it, the flow of water is reduced. Runners actually run relaxed breathing deeply through the run. So be relaxed when you exercise and allow the flow of energy through your system.
(4) Focus – be present in the moment. Be aware, stop the chatter in your mind. Focus on your body, how does it feel? How does my whole body feel? The power of your BEING exist in the stillness of no-thought. Focus on your breathing and how your body feels.
(5) Intent – is to have the view in mind of this exercise and journey BEING, Health, Harmony and Balance for you. It is having a positive mind set toward better a greater way of BEING.
At first you will have to pay attention to what you are doing with the Five Power Principles. With, in and through each exercise become the Five Principles. Then in time they will reward you with Health, Harmony and Balance.
Five Technical Flowing Elements
Five Technical Elements of Tai Chi are the technical flowing elements that should be practiced within our Tai Chi to maximize energy flow and harmonization of body system.
- Relaxation in Movement – Maintaining relaxation in movement helps one ensure that the energy flow is open and flows without obstruction in your system. Becoming tense can constrict the flow through certain meridians and hold back the balancing of your system.
- Yin and Yang principles in breathing and movement – We tie yin and yang principles to our breathing and movement in order to understand the flow of energy with, in and through our energy system. Yin is the internalization of energy and yang is the externalization of energy. Therefore when we inhale, the yin breath, we visualize the energy flowing into the system. The exhale, the yang breath is where we visualize the energy flowing out of the system or directed to another location. The yin movement is the preparation of a Tai chi or Chi Kung element and the yang is the execution of the movement. So in Tai Chi and Chi Kung we marry these two concepts together. As we prepare for the execution of a movement (yin) we inhale and visualize the energy coming in. As we execute the movement (yang) we exhale and visualize the energy being delivered.
- Turning Waist – This movement at the waist promotes energy with sacred geometry and creates clearing within the body as organs and tissue rub against one another.
- Straight Back – Creates a clear path for energy flow to all point of the body as you move through your Tai Chi and Chi kung movements.
- Circling Hands using sacred geometry – Gentle circling hands promote the flow of energy as abrupt movement cut the flow of energy off. Circling sacred geometry maximizes the collection of energy as your hands cut the electromagnetic toroidal field around your body and shift energies through your system.
Learn the Basic Techniques
In Learning the Basic Techniques we cover eight simple Tai Chi movements and one energy balancing Chi Kung exercise. They are as follows:
- Warrior and Scholar
- The Beginning
- Parting the Horse’s Mane
- White Stork Cools Wings
- Brush the Knee
- Grasping the Bird’s Tail
- Pushing Away
- Hands in the Clouds
- The Five Elements
Each basic technique is covered with angle view demonstrations and detailed instruction.
18 Minute Follow Along Class for Beginners
Now we will string together all techniques into a follow along class. Even if you skipped some earlier videos, feel free to click play and follow along. This class will begin you on the path to healing, both physically and mentally/spiritually.
In this class:
1. Warrior and Scholar
3. Part Horse’s Mane
4. White Stork Cools Wings
5. Brush Knee
6. Grasp Bird’s Tail
7. Pushing Away
8. Hands in Clouds
9. Five Elements