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Ten Life Secrets I Learned in T’ai Chi & Qigong #5

5. The three keys of powerful posture.

T’ai and Qigong are replete with memorable cues to help you embody their insights. In these arts, good posture is the foundation for releasing tension and achieving full-bodied, emotional, psychological, and energetic integration and flow. It begins with “roots” in your feet, an “energy sphere” in your abdomen, and a “string” attached to the top of your head. These are three keys to mastering your inner being and realizing your full potential.

Here are three posture cues to practice:

1. Feel your weight sinking into the entire surface of both feet and then through the center of your feet into the ground. Imagine yourself rooted into the ground through the center of your feet, your “bubbling well” or “root points.”

2. Feel the connection from your root points up to the center of your lower abdomen, your center of gravity or lower dantian (“dahn-tee-en”). Imagine your lower dantian as a brilliant energy sphere just below your navel and 1/3 of the way from the front to the back of your body. Center your awareness in your lower dantian to be stable and present and to build your vital energy.

3. Feel the connection from your lower dantian to the top of your head, your crown point. Imagine a string attached to the top of your head drawing your spine upright.

These three cues connect your entire body into a functional whole. They give you a strong feeling of psychological and energetic grounding, a solid center, and upright extension so you have clear spaciousness in your energy field and your awareness.

Make it a point to check in with your posture frequently throughout the day, especially when you feel stressed or “out of sync.” Use the three posture cues to help you come back to a grounded, centered, upright stance in your life.

Enjoy!

Kevin

Kevin Schoeninger

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