Exploring torso alignment

curve in the lower or lumbar spine. To compensate for this misalignment, the muscles on the weight-bearing side will have a tendency to pull the upper or thoracic spine in the opposite direction bringing the shoulder down on the same side. The neck will usually compensate by pulling away from the lower shoulder. Such habitual shifting of the weight away from the Center may result in developing a chronic pattern of holding tension in your body (see the chapter on Holding Patterns).

Ask your practice partner to test your stability by gently pushing your hips from one side and then, with an equal amount of effort, from the other. Notice whether your stability is more challenged when being pushed from one side versus the other. Then slowly shift your weight side to side in order to feel which side habitually bears more weight. Notice an increase in tension in the side muscles when shifting the weight off Center on that respective side, as well as relaxation when returning to the Centered position. As you experiment with slowly rocking your pelvis, pay particular attention to the position of your center of mass associated with relaxation of both sides, for this is where your torso is most aligned and Centered.

Do not forget to check whether your pelvis habitually tilts forward or backward - this may be an invitation to explore your alignment in the frontal plane of your body. Slowly thrust your pelvis back and forth noticing alternating tensions in the muscles of your lower back and abdomen. Pay specific attention to the point of rest in the middle, when both of those groups of muscles relax. That is the Neutral position of the pelvis that aligns the spine and requires the least amount of tension and effort to support your body upright. The weight of your entire upper body can peacefully rest on your skeletal structure as long as it is in alignment.

I would like you to explore a famous Qigong exercise called Zhan Zhuang. or "standing like a tree," which is a type of standing meditation dedicated to finding the sense of physical and mental equanimity. You can experience it standing in a Natural Stance and observing your breath as well as different degrees of tension in various muscles throughout your body. Unlike some Qigong styles that prescribe standing at certain times of the day. facing particular directions, Qi Dao does not impose any rigid rules but rather invites you to experiment and find out for yourself what works better for you. For more detailed explanations combined with a guided meditation, please listen to the Qi Dao Initiation CD that is also included in our

Home Study Course available online at www.qidao.org/course101. After some practice, once you have found a way to enjoy standing still, you will be able to expand this feeling by discovering effortlessness in motion.

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