The Chinese term sung is often translated as “relaxed”, but a more accurate translation is “unbound”–a state in which the body loses all unnecessary bindings, all resistances, all tension.
Many people wonder, “What is the correct posture”? In this how-to video, I’ll show you how to find the right alignment of the body to prevent back and knee injuries, power up your energy arts practice (e.g. qi gong, tai chi and bagua) and maintain a healthy spine. By improving posture, you can not only protect your body from injury, but also generate more energy to support your overall health and well-being.
Tao energy arts are not limited to standing and moving exercises. In fact there are five modes of practice, which also include:
- Lying down
- Partner exercises
Tao movement and sitting practices form a continuum with each reinforcing the other. Alternating between the two has been practised by dedicated students for millennia to achieve the most in-depth training and corresponding health benefits, as well as pursue spiritual quests.
Posture Exercises for the Back + Knees–
One of the most common pitfalls of any exercise programme, including walking and Tao movement arts, is knee injuries. In order to protect your back and prevent knee damage–among many other potential injuries–you must start with the proper stance.
Align Your Feet + Knees
Stand with your feet parallel and shoulders width apart. First, lock your knees, then take your knees off of lock and bend them just enough to feel the thighs engage to hold up your bodyweight. Make sure that your knees are not forward of your toes.