Tai chi helps increase balance, stability, and grounding. The fluid movements stem from a subtle shifting of weight, while deep breathing and meditation techniques help relieve stress and encourage muscle relaxation. Yin and yang is an essential concept in tai chi. They can be described as opposing forces that are ultimately complementary. The pushing and pulling motions common to tai chi postures are one example of utilizing yin and yang in this ancient practice.


1. Tai Chi Basic Posture

The posture needed for tai chi is simple. Stand in a relaxed manner, and keep feet shoulder-width apart. The toes face inward a bit, the chin and chest are slightly recessed, the hips tucked, and the knees softly bent. This pose feels almost like sitting down in a tall stool.

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