Tai Chi Focus Lesson – What “Relaxed” Means with Shifu Loretta Wollering

By on 12/13/2013
tai chi focus lesson

Tai Chi Focus Lesson

A recent video blog post by another instructor  raised the question that I posed to our Facebook audience about what “relaxing” means in Tai Chi ( taiji ) as it pertains to the eyes?  The conversation was pretty lively and lead us down the path of wondering just what “relax” means.  So I started searching for a tai chi focus lesson to see if I could find an answer.

With that question in mind, I found a great little focus lesson by Shifu Loretta Wollering discussing the concept of “relaxing” with Tai Chi.   I think the essence of what she is saying is to fully extend in those positions that require extension, without ‘tensing up” the muscles.  And, never  relax to the point of “folding up” your body.

I picture this application more like a stretch as taught in yoga where one is “reaching” but not “tensing up”.  As I apply this practice to the eye (to answer yesterday’s question) I think I better understand.

We had some lively discussion on Facebook regarding this concept and some differing views, so feel free to kindly share your insights here with us.



The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body …
Peter M. Wayne, Mark L. Fuerst, published 2013, 336 pages



One Comment

  1. Darrell Falling

    12/13/2013 at 9:47 am

    Great video, my Aikido Sensi also talks about extension in a relaxed matter.You can’t extend your Chi if you are all crumple up. My Sif-fu also harps on posture ,don’t relax to the point where your posture is comprised .

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