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In the swimming skill , there are eight different types of stroke. They are as follows:-

1. Treading water - Using your feet. Also projecting your upper body out of the water. Also as a separate exercise you should lift up your Qi and using your feet and hands tread water. Resisting - Resist crashing waves with your shoulders slanting forwards.

2. Stamping - Unknown.

3. Floating - Unknown.

4. Diving - Unknown.

5. Sinking - Unknown.

6. Sitting - Practice sitting on the bottom for as long as possible.

7. Plunging - Unknown.

Standing Meditation for Tai Chi by Cynthia McMullen, LMT

Meditation is often one of the hardest parts of Tai Chi for beginning students to want to learn. It can be a difficult thing to just step out of our fast paced lives and all of a sudden go into a still and quiet place. We're not used to it, so the lack of being involved in external stimulus can seem boring - at first. However this boredom doesn't last for long.

Meditation is also one of the most important aspects of doing Tai Chi. Tai Chi has an attitude of uncovering the "stillness within motion", and it is only through meditation that we can realize this. It grounds us, teaches us to center ourselves both emotionally and physically, shows us how to Be in the moment, and builds up tremendous leg strength from the inside out. It is through doing meditation that our Tai Chi movements will be filled with relaxation and that flowing, beautiful grace that it is known for.

What should one try to make happen in meditation? Absolutely nothing. The idea is to fully experience - in a very grounded way - whatever it is that happens. Sometimes this will be nothing more than a serene sense of peace and clarity.

Other times experiences could include visual, auditory, or tactile sensations. And energy flow within ourselves can be a wonderful thing to allow and observe. There are also physical changes in health and emotional attitudes that will start to change and open. Each person will have their own, unique range of experiences so it is best not to expect anything specific, but remember to allow and observe what it is that does happen.

The beginning student should learn not to fear any sensations, thoughts, or feelings experienced in meditation. The idea is to be able to ground and center yourself, and from this position just allow and observe the experience. By doing this there is no limit to what we can learn about ourselves, why we think or act certain ways, the depth to which our bodymindspirit is connected, and our relationship to life.

Standing meditation is the most basic posture in Qi Gong, and Tai Chi is a form of Qi Gong. Simple standing is usually done first to ground and center ourselves, and begin to open and fill our energy centers. Standing is then followed by some warm-up Qi Gong exercises. These exercises build up our qi and harmonize the meridians. Finally we do moving Tai Chi to flow the abundance of qi throughout our bodies like the wind and water. The Taoist definition of health is "the smooth, harmonious, abundant, and appropriate flow of qi".

Following are step-by-step instructions for Standing Meditation. Ideally this should be practiced 1 to 3 times daily. Start out by doing 5 minutes at a time, building up to 20 minutes, and not doing more than 45 minutes at one time. At any time that you notice your mind wandering, take it back to simply following your breath. You will soon find why it is that advanced students and The Masters do so much standing meditation.

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Standing in the Wu Ji posture

1. Stand comfortably with your feet shoulder width apart.

2. Make sure your toes are pointed straight ahead.

3. There is a gentle, relaxed bend to the knees and they tend to push lightly outwards as opposed to collapsing inwards.

4. The pelvis is tucked slightly forward so the lower spine is straight.

5. The shoulders are loose and relaxed, not raised up, hands hang loosely at the sides.

6. The head is held up as if suspended by a string.

7. Breathing is done through the nose and is slow, soft, and deep.

8. Eyes are either closed, or are slightly parted but not focused on anything. Beginning the meditation

1. Follow your breath with your mind, feeling where it goes inside of you.

2. Slowly scan your body from head to feet looking for any tension or discomfort. If any is found, use the mind to gently guide the breath there and as you exhale, imagine the tension flowing down and releasing into the Earth, dispersing.

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