Tai Chi in a Chair Deep Breathing Exercises




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Published on Apr 7, 2013

Slowly performed Wu Tai Chi deep breathing exercises in a chair with visual instructions to aid with following the postures. Suitable for disabilities, hearing impaired or recovering health.

To perform this Deep Breathing form in a chair it is necessary to create a correct posture which you can maintain. This will encourage circulation, concentration and remove that sleepy feeling you may get while performing a relaxing exercise. After all it's not until we start to learn to relax that we discover how tense we really are, these posture will make you comfortable and balanced creating a framework that will help you relax and let go of life's tension.

To begin sit on a chair, keep your back straight and body slightly tilted forward, not leaning against the back of the chair unless you need to for a medical reason. Tuck your chin in slightly towards your neck, so that you get a slight stretch of the back of your neck, don't tilt it so far in that it affects your breathing. Have your knees bent and square to your body, not stretched out. Think of the crown of your head pulling upwards to stretch out the spine. Sit your hands sitting gently on your knees, palms facing down.

Circle your shoulders up and back then let them fall straight down and relax. Take a deep breath in the slowly let it out feeling all the days stress going out with it. Take another deep breathe in then let it out slowly again, feeling your body relax. Remember pain and tension in your body go hand in hand, when you let go of the tension and allow your body to relax the pain also leaves with the tension.

Focus your eyes at a 45 degree angle in front of you, not looking around. Be aware of what sitting in the chair feels like, the balance of your body, the pressure on the chair, relax into that presence.

This posture will instil alertness and keep away any sleepiness during your practice, through stretching the spine you are exciting the nervous system and encouraging the flow of energy. If at any time you feel sleepy whilst doing Tai Chi check your posture to make sure you're not slumping.

These forms all link together in a never ending chain, once you have done the repetitions for one posture the breathing and flow of movement joins into the next posture without a break.

take care

Stephen Procter

Tai Chi Health for Life
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