Breathing With Movement

​I believe,

in Tai Chi,

Breathing and Body Movement works opposite from Yoga Breathing.

In Yoga, you inhale when body extends and exhale when body shrinks.

In Tai Chi, I exhale when I kick or push, I inhale when I make boll.

Is that right?
Some people think –

In Tai Chi it works in both directions depending on the movement within the form. One inhales when creating the Crane for instance, yet exhales when one pushes in brush knee.
It is a question of bracing or relaxing. You relax and lengthen your postural muscles on the inhale and brace and shorten your postural muscles on the exhale.
We use both methodologies in Qigong/Tai Chi. Inhaling when opening the body and inhaling while closing the body. There is a difference between body structure and energy gathering and issuing. I would suggest a deeper study of Qigong and how energy is cultivated.
Breath in on a rise out in a sink. But don’t get too hung up about it. Things have to be natural.
Breathe naturally.
That is excellent advice by practitioners. Just like practicing movement. Move naturally. Why put another head on top of the one you already possess? Do animals and birds seek special training?
Another point. There are countless forms of exercises and just like Tai Chi, Yoga has numberless schools. Don’t waste your time. Once you decide on a path, stick to it. Listen to your master. Paradox is not a problem in the expert’s mind, only in the beginner’s mind.
Reverse breathing naturally occurs when your Qi, breath and movement link…better to not think about breathing….
The other point is that when you start regulating breath and particularly if you start “pushing” Qi with it, you can make yourself some problems…..that can be tricky to fix.
Depends how you approach training.
Natural abdominal breathing has its place. It helps the chest n spine sit right.
It produces relaxation. Practice it long and slow and you can say good bye to chest conditions.
The thing about training is that it is not natural. But it creates a foundation upon which you can become natural. And in Zen even the Enlightened continue training after Enlightenment.

“I believe, in Tai Chi, Breathing and Body Movement works opposite from Yoga Breathing. In Yoga, you inhale when body extends and exhale when body shrinks. In Tai Chi, I exhale when I kick or push, I inhale when I make boll. Is that right?”

— I asked the question in a Tai Chi group on Facebook and rest in this post are views from other practitioners. I’m not an expert of Qi-exercises, I’m not master of Tai Chi. I’m in process to be with Great Tao.

21:02 Friday, 02 December 2016

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