Updated: Feb 12
The part that many people misunderstand when starting tai chi is the starting posture.
From almost every exercise in the West, and even in school, we learn postures that lift our chests, pull our shoulders back, and our lower belly to make us look confident and show off our beautiful muscles.
While these postures are good in terms of physical strength, quickness and aesthetics, they are not good for controlling the mind by radiating energy to the outside and exhilarating.
Tai Chi is a meditation that starts with the body, but above all else, it focuses on energy.
So, from the preparatory movement to the movement that opens the way of energy that connects the body and mind.
You can use this posture as a stand-alone meditation posture for 1 minute to 1 hour or more.
Clouds of various shapes will be lifted and the sun will appear as if nothing happened.
1. Place your feet shoulder-width apart or one fist apart.
2. Fold the hip joint so that the tailbone faces downward. It feels like a drop of water falling deep into the ground from the tailbone.
3. Wrap it from the outside of the pelvis to the center, from the buttocks to the front of the abdomen, as if wrapping the groin with a baby diaper.
4. Close the groin.
5. Pull the lower abdomen slightly.
6. Lower your chest and relax, empty your chest.
7. The back should be naturally rounded from top to bottom. It's not about bending.
8. Lower your shoulders and allow the space between your shoulders and breastbones to naturally push back.
9. Loosen your neck and pull your chin lightly. Feel the back of your neck slightly lifted.
10. Raise your head with a feeling that your crown is hanging on something, and that energy is extending over the top of head.
11. Relax between your eyebrows. and put a smile on your lips.
12. Place your feet lightly as if they were on grass. Feel the same weight of ten toes. The center of the foot is near the ankle bone, and the weight is slightly shifted behind the body.
13. Bend your knees slightly without going over your toes.