Rhythm (pace): The rhythm, or pace, of tai chi is slow and continuous. Thus, you should never move quickly or stop moving as you perform the actions that make up each form. The properly paced practice of Tai Chi looks as if it’s being performed in slow motion.
Breathing: Your breathing and movements should occur in harmony; both should be slow, deliberate, and continuous. Tai Chi's movements begin with inhalation and end with exhalation. Combining your breathing with your movements, inhale deeply into you lower belly. Think of breathing in a way that closer resembles a "yawn" breath.
Flow: The movements of Tai Chi should flow directly from one into the next, like flowing water. It’s fine for beginners to learn the steps of each movement separately, but the goal should be to fuse them into one continuous, fluid motion.
Tension: Throughout your practice of Tai Chi Concepts, your body should remain supple and free of tension. During each movement, relax the muscles you aren’t using and use the least amount of strength necessary to complete the movement. You should never stiffen or strain when performing Tai Chi Concepts.
Mindfulness: Although practicing our Tai Chi Concepts is a relaxing activity, a high level of concentration is required in order to carry out the movements correctly. With each movement, you’re called upon to engage not only your body, but also your mind. Think of your body and mind as operating in tandem: focus your mind on directing each part of your body to perform the movements correctly, with equal attention on posture, rhythm, breathing, flow, and tension.
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