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So, what does this "foo-foo" Yin Yang thing have to do with PRACTICAL Tai Chi?

ANSWER: EVERYTHING!
In Tai Chi circles, we focus on "moving from the dan tien" and "postural alignment" and "physical technique/application", etc. BUT, the Yin Yang aspects of Tai Chi often get lost in the evolution of modern Tai Chi teaching.

So how do Yin and Yang really have anything to do with Tai Chi practice?
Yin Yang is at the core of a deep meaningful and effective Tai Chi practice.

For example, the full diaphragmatic breathing employed in Tai Chi is a Yin Yang experience. In-breaths are an active, or Yang, experience … while exhales are a Yin, or surrender experience. [Click video for Breathing Tutorial]
The Yang in-breaths generally accompany our "preparation" for a movement in Tai Chi, when arms and legs are moving to prepare for the execution of the next movement … then, as we flow through that form we are exhaling … or surrendering to the flow that is simply passing through our relaxed body.

[Click video to see Tai Chi in action with visible breath in video]
See in image "Grasp the Bird's Tail" …

The reaching up, to grasp the bird's tail is the Opening movement, the Yang grasping, and "breathing in" to fill the lungs from bottom to top.

Then in the center image, you see the Yin/Sinking into the posture, "exhaling" letting go to allow the flow to pass through your relaxed body. In the 3rd (right) image, you see the preparation for the Push, which is Yang, breathing in, and then the push that would follow [not pictured] would be a Yin/sinking surrender motion.

Preparation/in-breath is Yang, Sinking/exhaling/surrender is Yin.
MOVING QIGONG - Mindfulness Yin Yang Meditation

The Tai Chi warm ups we practice, are actually moving qigong, when done mindfully and with the breath. For example in this video of "dan tien rotation" … We practice "letting the dan tien move us" as we relax out of the way.

While letting your Moving Qigong movements move through you and massage you, think of different parts of your body about to sigh and let go, as you breath-in.

Then, as you breathe out, let go of the thought … and just ride the waves of pleasure sensations as the motion loosens and opens that part of your body (and your field) as you exhale and surrender to the waves of sensation.

The thought of a part of your body or field (all we are is an energy field), about to sigh and let go to surrender to the loosening and opening is YANG. Both the "thought" and the "in-breath" are YANG/ACTION. Then the surrender/exhale as we let ourselves flow on the wave of sensation as the body lets go around the massaging motion is YIN/SURRENDER.
THE PHYSICS OF YIN YANG …

When we focus on technique, individual parts of our body in Tai Chi, we are in a Yang consciousness. Yang is left-brain thinking where we define and separate the world.
Yin is when we drift as part of the movement and the myriad sensations flowing through us during Tai Chi play, when we are not analyzing but "experiencing" the beauty of our forms flowing through us.

In physics there is a quandary about whether sub-atomic particles are "particles" or "waves."

When we are "in control" of our Tai Chi, this is a Yang consciousness, or left-brain consciousness which is where the world lives most of the time in our busy lives and world … and we are separated from the universe, we are a PARTICLE. But, when we "let go" and "surrender to the flow" of our Tai Chi, we drift into the Yin consciousness … we are a WAVE, a field connected to everything.

Some mistakenly think of this as an illusion, some dreamy mystical oriental eastern fantasy. But quite the opposite is true. The entire universe is one connected whole, a field of connected dark matter and dark energy … and when we let go and drift into that Yin state, we recede into the fabric of everything … the field.

Some think in terms of either or .. that there is an argument between YIN and YANG approaches to Tai Chi, but that too is illusion. Of course part of Tai Chi training is Yang, where to put the feet, where to place the hands, posture, alignment, all the things one has to learn in order to play Tai Chi.

But in time, we begin to get lost in our Tai Chi … and no longer control it, but rather be flowed by it … we become the Yin flowing wave of the universe. Bruce Lee said we should learn all we can about our forms, and then spend the rest of our lives trying to forget everything we learned, so that we can flow in a spontaneous newness.
UNDERSTANDING THE SUBTLE DYNAMICS OF YIN/YANG, IN-BREATH/OUT-BREATH, THOUGHT/SURRENDER … can profoundly deepen your Tai Chi experience into a Meditative Qigong Experience.

THE MYTHOLOGY OF POPULAR CULTURE. Some think the Taoist concept of us being part of "a field" rather than a static solid individual being … is a "visualization" or an "illusion" we emplo y in mindfulness practices. ACTUALLY THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE, it is illusion that we are a solid mass and that we stop at the skin, separated from the world around us. Science now knows that we are amorphous energetic beings swimming in the energy of the universe which we are a part of, connected to everything. THAT is reality, the individual being stopping at the skin is a myth.

So when we play Tai Chi, it is profoundly helpful to come to terms with this reality … because when we "sink" or "flow" in our movements … the "sinking and flowing" are holistic experiences. Yes, back muscles relax, and the body relaxes … but they are part of a FIELD of letting go, because we are a field, not isolated parts. Understanding this field nature of our being enables us to "sink and flow" in a whole body, whole being, whole consciousness way that takes our Tai Chi to a looser, more effortless, and more powerful level.

by Bill Douglas
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