Posture And Mood

A study at Ohio State University found that posture can affect mood. We spend a lot of time in Tai Chi being concerned with posture, both in terms of how straight or how aligned we are, but also how relaxed we are as we hold ourselves upright. The implication is that we can both improve our level of relaxation and our self-confidence through Tai Chi practice. Clearly the effect will vary between students, and relies on the students being correctly adjusted by the teacher, but this nonetheless points to Tai Chi being an effective holistic practice.

There’s more to this in Chen-style however, once the student advances to the point of practising fajin and the Cannon Fist form, as we can practise good posture, relaxation but also feeling strong and powerful. This is potent mix for a feeling of well-being and personal development.

3 Responses to “Posture And Mood”

  1. 1 Barry Danser 03/07/2010 at 9:34 pm

    great post offers very valuable information keep up the good work


  2. 2 Spiralwise 28/02/2011 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks for the tip – it started my own thoughts off on the matter 🙂

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