If you are looking for a way to get healthy, de-stress your life, increase your physical health, and create a daily practice that improves your quality of life, Austin tai chi classes are where you need to go. Tai chi is an ancient practice that has been around for thousands of years. Some people consider it a moving type of meditation.People of all ages and stages of health can benefit from practicing this ancient art.
Warming up before you start a tai chi session is highly recommended and a very important part of the practice as a whole. Elements of your tai chi practice can be concentrated on during your warm up, so that during your session, you will be able to move through the practice in better form.One warm-up exercise is the energy ball exercise. First, you rub your hands together to bring your life force, or your chi, to your hands. You should notice your hands getting very warm as you do this. Next, gently separate your hands with them facing each other and slowly pull them apart. Throughout this warm-up exercise, you should keep your body relaxed. Your hands should be relaxed and your fingers soft. Next, bring your hands back together, without touching. Keep moving your hands easily and gently close together and apart, and continue this motion while being aware of any sensation you might be feeling. Some sense an increase in temperature between their hands at certain distances, and others feel like their hands are repelling each other.
For proper breathing during an Austin tai chi session, your tongue should rest easily on the roof of your mouth, with your mouth closed. Your breath should go in and out through your nose. The breath should not be forced and should not be held, but be continuous and done with intention.During a tai chi session, you should be aware of your breathing to make sure that it is continuous and to make sure you aren’t holding your breath at any point. Practicing your breathing can be done anywhere and anytime and is worth practicing and becoming mindful of.