About breathing, you wrote:
<<The way I was taught, first we did a looooot of breathing excercises and sanding qiqong sets, wirking with both normal abdominal breathing and reverse (taoist) breathing. This went on for a while. Then we were introduced to individual taijiquan movements such as brush knee, repulse monkey, etc, which we repeated many many times while trying to coordnate them with breathing patters. The general rule was to inhale when the body was withdrawing/accumulating energy and exhale when it was opening and/or emmitng energy. At the time I didnt really know what the heck was emmiting or accumulating but the way I understood it, when the body "closed" I would inhale and when it "opened" I would exhale. It seemed to work pretty well.
BY time we got to learn the form, breathing was somewhat natural, but still folowing the princliples studied earlier.>>RVC
Thanks for explaining your schools methods.
Which style of Taijiquan do you study?
Also...for clarity...can I ask you to give an example of what in and out/open and closed/ accumulating and emmitting/ would be in a specific posture.
Could you please provide an example within a posture framework?
<<Now at days, when I do my form, I inhale whenever IM acumulating or coiling my body in praparation for emmiting jing, and I would exale on the opening/emmision (even if Im not practicing fah jin in the form). Learning the applications of every movement gave me a clearer understanding of this actions and it helped me "tune" my beathing.
But I know that this way of doing it is not a universal requirement, and that ultimately, we have to stop paying attention to breathing patterns and just "let it flow" naturally with the movements. After all the methodology becomes second nature, just stop paying attention to it and it will still happen correctly.>>RVC
Yes, I imagine this would be the final effect...automatically breathing in/out with the posture...However, I am swayed by the thought that this would be difficult, strenuous in a rapid exchange, so I can see the ultimate logic of not training this method overly much...and learning to flow at will, as you stated.
<<Now, the interesting part is that when I started doing xingyiquan, I would apply this same way of breathing, and it helped me relax and catch on the movements faster than other people who would just be dead stiff.>>RVC
I can see how learning to have control over ones breathing would assist in many areas, especially relaxation...A necessity of Taijiquan.
<<I guess that any internal art is, from a piont of view, just another form of qiqong practice, therefore general quqong rules should apply to them, in terms of breathing and chi flow.>>RVC
I certainly lean towards this same opinion....
<<Sorry for the long reply! >>RVC
What long reply?
Take all the space you need!!!
[This message has been edited by psalchemist (edited 04-01-2004).]