Tai Chi Circle Drill

Tai Chi Circle Drill

Tai Chi can be thought of as a moving meditation.  The participant performs gentle, flowing movements with mental focus on coordinating the breath and movement in perfect harmony.  For most people learning Tai Chi, fluid slow movements can be difficult to achieve.  The circle drill is an excellent technique to practice timing movement with breath.  Once this coordination is achieved, the body and mind become relaxed, helping to provide the health benefits associated with Tai Chi.

Instructions: Practice each step for 1-5 minutes, working on slow, fluid circles

—  STEP ONE

     Stand with your feet 2’ apart, knees bent, arms relaxed and spine straight.  Take a moment, practice your tai chi breathing, center your mind, prepare your body

—  STEP TWO

     Inhale as you raise up your R arm in front of your sternum (chest bone).  Circle the R arm clockwise slowly.  Exhale when your hand reaches your head and complete the circle returning to your original position repeat

—  STEP THREE

     Relax the R arm and raise up the L arm in front of your sternum.  Circle the L arm counterclockwise.  Exhale when your hand reaches your head and complete the circle, returning to your original position repeat

—  STEP FOUR

     Add R arm circles to the L, keeping them coordinated in opposite positions repeat       Tip: think of double dutch jump rope.

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