If you think that tai chi is namby-pamby, ho-hum or, worse, BORING simply because it looks so gentle, you’d better read on!
Yes, tai chi is a moving meditation practiced by millions. Yes, it’s renowned for its health benefits, including relaxation, balance, strength, flexibility, etc. Yes, it’s super accessible to people of most any age or ability.
But remember two points: First, tai chi is a martial art, whether you practice it that way or not. That’s waaay cool, not snoozola.
Second, know that you can take a PLAYFUL attitude toward tai chi. It doesn’t always have to be that serious! In fact, let’s have a little fun. Sound good?
Here’s our insiders guide to 4 sneaky tai chi postures to gain rock-solid confidence and banish the annoyances in your life. I put this together just for two legendary folks–you and Chuck Norris!
4 Sneaky Tai Chi Postures (Shockingly Irreverent)
- Repulse the Monkey. The name says it all! Yes, this posture comes in handy for repulsing those annoying monkeys in your life. Not that you’ll actually DO the posture on anything or anyone. That’s a BIG honking no-no.
But a fleeting mental image while you do Repulse the Monkey? Perfect for releasing bottled up tension.
- White Crane Spreads Its Wings. You’re building power and confidence in this pose. Seriously. Holding big, take-up-space body postures like this signal your body-mind and the rest of the animal kingdom that you RULE.
After a mere two minutes, your testosterone level, which is associated with leadership and confidence, shoots up 20%. Your cortisol, a stress hormone, drops 25%.
Not only will you feel more confident, your fellow human beings will perceive you to be more authentic, compelling and at ease. (Read my earlier post on this topic.)
Important note: Are you wondering what the other effects of more testosterone are on women? I am!
You might get more info by checking out Amy Cuddy, the Harvard professor who researched body language and power postures. If you find out whether holding power postures will make women more hairy or deepen our voices, please let me know. Oh, and pick up a few razors for me while you’re at it!
- Grasp Sparrow’s Tail (a 4-part posture)
- Ward Off, Part 1. Ward Off protects your personal space. Have a person in your life who gets in a little too close for comfort? Fend them off with Ward Off, the posture for you.
- Roll Back, Part 2. A personal favorite. Think of something (or maybe someone) that doesn’t serve you. With Roll Back, you send that energy away into the nether reaches of the earth, never to bother you again. Hold that thought, and let a little tai chi smile play at the corners of your mouth.
- Press, Part 3. But what if that annoying something (or someone) did come back? Guess you’ll just have to teach it another lesson. That’s where Press comes in handy. It takes over where Roll Back leaves off. Press that energy away from you.
- Push, Part 4. That annoying something (or someone) may need one more—how can I say this nicely?—shove. Pretend you’re pushing a beach ball down in the water and feeling it bob up and away from you.
Apply that gorgeous buoyant feeling to Push… and send that energy down and bobbing up and away. Sweet relief!
4. Chuck Norris. The Chuck Norris tai chi posture is a big mystery. It’s so little known, so very rare that you cannot find one tai chi master who knows the Chuck Norris pose. That in itself proves the effectiveness of the posture because no tai chi master has survived to teach it.
While I’m on the topic: Chuck Norris, I hope you’re reading this because you are invited to join us for a complementary class. We would like you to demo the Chuck Norris tai chi posture. At a very safe distance, of course.
Ta da! You’ve got my insider’s peek at 4 sneaky tai chi postures to amp up confidence and help banish life’s annoyances. Thanks to you and Chuck Norris for being legends… and for playing along with me.
P.S. to the Chuck-Meister: You can probably cool it on holding White Crane and other the big postures described in #2. You seem confident and hairy enough right now. And you already RULE!
Which of these tai chi postures most appeals to you and why? I want to hear from you, so leave a comment down below the other stuff.