Sander Yoga Therapy

& Tai Chi

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Natural Flow Tai Chi 

Tai Chi is integration. It increases focus, reduces stress, improves body scheme and balance, and helps facilitate creativity. It has its’ roots in the fighting arts, and means “supreme ultimate fist”. The Yin Yang symbol is also called Tai Chi.

It is helpful to think of how Tai Chi movements have martial applications. However, with “energy-focused” styles, the primary and immediately practiced point is to feel energetic circulation move through the entire body. This is real, attainable, and exciting. Intention, attention, and deep relaxation allow the internal flow. 

Keys to Tai Chi

Intention is key to success. You want it and it will come.

Your mantra is attention to deeper physical sensations. You open and relax, and relax and open, progressing from the edge of sensation.

Deep relaxation is the key to feeling flow, not the breath or even the artful movements. You’ll need to work on the ability to breathe naturally, it is necessary, helpful and healthy, but not the focus.

Movement and poses are vehicles only, they help drive you to your center to release and spread health supporting attention and energy

You may feel chi awakening through the spine when you express your intention, intention is receiving. You can practice to feel the movement flow to the feet, and to your hands. Allowing and spreading.

Helpful pre-req

For greater success in expressing and feeling the flow of Chi during Tai Chi, you should try to add balance to your life by ensuring that you spend time appreciating your version of beauty in any sense of the word. You will be able to add to your current supply of energy.

If you can begin to experience some of this beauty without dissecting or even naming it, you’ll receive a more natural feeling of contentment and legitimate energy flow. Dissection compresses energy flow. As you gaze at works of art, a pet, listen to music that moves you, smell…, feel…, etc., learn to draw in the radiance of contentment, joy, deep relaxation and even excitation and imagine it sinking to a major power center, the Dantien (Center of Gravity/lower abdominal area). You do not need to feel the flow to know that beauty and connection is integrative and healing. Save it up, you’ll use it soon enough.

During Practice of Forms

Stage One: Bring attention inside, express your intention, yes: to feel the flow! Try to sense any vibration, tingling, or warm area as you scan the entire body. Can you help “create” it? 

No? Relax even more while practicing your form or movement. Take it for granted that you will feel the flow, do not covet or strain. You know that would block it. Continue to enjoy this process as long as needed. It is beneficial itself.

Yes? Stage Two: Connect to the sensation, and while relaxing further, allow it to spread: Focus pleasantly, relax deeply inside and out (don’t fall down!) on the leading edge of the sensation. Let it prompt you. Open more near the sensation where you can’t quite feel it spread, then it will.

A couple more traditional landmarks

A. You may feel Chi radiate in the middle back (Ling Tai). It is near T6/Point GV 10 on Governing Vessel Meridian., it’s a joyous feeling: Learn to cultivate and embrace a sense of awe.

B. Give attention to the Niwan Palace (pineal gland, 6th Chakra, deep inside brain). Learn to relax the head (inside and out). Give it relaxed attention and relax even further.

C. Feel the spread of sensation circling the torso in a mid-sagittal sphere (the microcosmic orbit), learn to direct it to the feet, and hands. You may also feel a mass expression of Chi flow throughout the entire body. That works, right? 

You may at some time feel the origin of the flow emanating from deep inside the brain (the Niwan Palace), but do not wait to feel this as the source. Whether the energy is ascending from the sacrum, spreading from the middle back, or “starting” in the head or even hands, feel your “starting point”, and then work with leading edge.

The ability to feel increased circulation of energy is not just theoretical; it has been experienced by myself and many others. You learn to focus, and relax and not get too preoccupied by your movement or form. This goes for my fellow yoga practitioners also. Here the strain (stretch or contraction) of many poses can block the flow, but those poses do prepare the body for more successful Chi expression later.

Whether you feel a flow of sensation or not, the very act of relaxing and focusing and sensing has a profound positive effect on practitioners. 

Tai Chi is also a very effective method for improving standing balance and functional leg strength, while strengthening the core and improving upper extremity range of motion and quality of movement. 


Gerry Sander