Condensing Breathing in Tai Chi
Tai chi is a type of martial art that originated from China and that has many health benefits. It can be performed to lose weight, to relax the mind and body and for self-defense. Unlike most martial arts, tai chi is done in slow motion. There are a host of different moves and breathing techniques in Tai chi. One such breathing technique is the condensing breathing. This is done to meditate and clear the mind of negative thoughts and also to expand the lungs and make them stronger. In any type of martial art, breathing is an essential element. Even if Tai chi does not require fast and vigorous movements, it is still important to enhance your breathing. Here is how to do this breathing technique.
- Stand with an erect posture and focus your mind. Before starting the condensing breathing exercise, stand with back straight and feet together, hands on your sides. Close your eyes and focus your mind. Clear your thoughts of any negativity. Breathe in and out. Do this for at least two minutes.
- Do the condensing breathing position. Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Turn your toes inwards, facing each other. Bend your knees, with them facing out. Your hips must be pulled a little backwards. Touch your chin on your chest. Position tour arms on your sides, away from your torso and with the palms facing backwards. This position looks a little awkward. Make sure that you keep your balance at all times.
- Touch the outer surfaces of your body. When you are in position, touch the outer surfaces of your arms, legs, torso, head and face one at a time. Doing this lets you be in touch with your whole being. Start with your right side, touching the surfaces with your left hand. Follow with the left side.
- Inhale, exhale. Inhale and let the outer surfaces of your arms, legs, torso, head and face feel the taking in of air. Hold your breath for two seconds and exhale slowly. Next, press your thumb on your spine as you inhale. This step sensitizes the spine. Hold the light pressure on your spine for a couple of seconds and exhale slowly. Inhale and let the center line of the arms, legs, torso, head and face feel the air being taken in. Exhale slowly.
- Do repetitions. Repeat for at least ten to fifteen times before stopping and resuming the exercise. Keep the position the whole time you are performing the condensing breathing.
If you want to exercise but are not up to doing too much vigorous movements that most exercises require, you can take up Tai chi. It has the same benefits as other exercises, the only difference is that you do not have to exert too much effort in performing the movements. Being a master in Tai chi is easy to achieve. It only takes discipline, hard work and patience to learn the different techniques. You can do Tai chi in the comfort of your own home or you can do it in a group.