Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Lower Dantian ( Your Center )

The lower Dantian is considered to be the foundation of rooted standing, breathing, and body awareness in Tai Chi, Chi Kung and the Internal Martial Arts. The Dantian has been described to be "like the root of the tree of life". It is said to be located 3 finger widths below the navel and 2 inches inside the body.

Taoist and Buddhist teachers often instruct their students to center the mind in the navel or lower Dantian. This is believed to aid control of thoughts and emotions. Acting from the Dantian is considered to be related to higher states of awareness.

compiled by Empire Tai Chi Inc.

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