Tai Chi and Qigong 4 Key Principles:
Keep One Point
Keep One Point
“In movement there is stillness, in stillness there is movement”
During Qigong and Tai Chi training you must tune-in to the one-point, your centre. This is often called the Dan Tien or lower Dan Tien (or Tan-den) approx 3 finger breadths beneath the navel. Also this can be thought of as the whole abdominal area – known in Japan as the Hara. Moving and working from the Hara can often be a more grounding feeling than a single point.
In the form you will notice opening and closing movement, expansion and contraction there are times when you are naturally ‘returning’ to the centre with your attention/ awareness. This becomes a flowing rhythm in the form.
“Be still like a mountain, move like a great river”
Weight underside means having a root, it means Sung or softly sinking. The pelvis and sacrum hang like a basket at the base of the spine. The chest or rib-cage is like a hanging bell. The spine connects all like an axis, upright but not stiff. The whole body hanging from the Bai Hui point on the crown of the head.
“The mind and heart must be calm for chi to flow effectively. ”
Mind and Body must be calm and relaxed – Sung. This is living relaxed, soft and awake, responsive. Not tense. This principle is closely linked to Weight Underside. It implies calmness of mind. Mindfulness of movement and stillness.
“Where the mind goes , Qi goes”
When the body and mind have the correct posture and focus, when the emotions are still and not stirred up then Qi will extend. When the mind and body work together as one, internal strength and health improve.
Reference: “The Essence of Tai Chi Ch’uan” The Literary tradition, by Lo, Inn, Amacker and Foe., Pub. North Atlantic Books