Within the study and practice of the Li Style (Lishi) Taijiquan Square Yard Form (Taiji Zheng Ma Shi) there are five components of the body that have to be fully connected and active during the practice of the Li Style (Lishi) Taiji Square Yard Form. These five components are the legs, torso, arms, eyes and breathe, this blog will cover the component of using the breathe to dictate the speed that an individual should use while practicing the Lishi taijiquan form and how the breathe can greatly help to boost each individuals health and wellbeing.
Firstly, the breathing should be performed through the nose both on the inhale and exhale. The tip of the tongue should gently touch the hard palate just behind the top teeth, known as the making the “Magpie Bridge” (Que Qiao). This touching of the tongue to the roof of the mouth connects two major acupuncture vessels together, the Governor (Dumai) which travels directly up the length of the spine and the Conception (Renmai) which travels down the front of the body.
Obviously the breathing and the actions of the Li Style (Lishi) Taiji Square Yard Form that are performed by each individual must be co-ordinated with each other. The breathing must be long, slow, deep, smooth and quiet, it will take plenty of long hours of practice by each individual to develop their skill in their breathing to become slower and slower, fully opening the air sacs within their Lungs, so that they become used to the great amount of oxygen entering the body, as at first some individuals can become very light headed and dizzy, even fainting from not being used to the amount of oxygen entering the body.
Combining the breathing to the movements of the Lishi Square Yard Taiji Form will greatly strengthen each individuals cardiovascular system. It will increase the blood and Qi circulation throughout the whole body, but especially into the extremities were some individuals will begin to feel tangible sensations of their Qi mobilising within them self’s, by experiencing tingling, heat, fullness or heaviness or even movement of the Qi through the limbs or body like a flushing, vibration or a trembling sensation.
Over-al, combining the breathing (Xi Yang) with the movements of the Li Style (Lishi) Taiji Square Yard Form will greatly slow down the practice of the form by each individual. It will develop each individuals ability to connect their mind & body, as it takes a lot of concentration by each individual to maintain a slow speed, making sure that the breathe is balanced with the same length of inhale as with the exhale, it should not be strained or held.