There are five important learning philosophies to succeed in practicing Tai Chi Chuan.
Exercise where you live or work. You don’t need to wear special clothes or practice in a special place. Although some spots are highly favorable for their fresh air and lush panorama, it’s not a pre-requisite.
A true practitioner doesn’t allow anything to hinder him or her to practice the chi other than where he or she lives or works. If one’s cubicle at the office is 10 X 12 with good ventilation, it’s sufficient to relax and take a deep breath to start the day with Tai Chi Chuan. At last, it’s important to keep one’s mind harmonious with the daily life and environment where Tai Chi enhances.
Slow, relaxation and continuous motion. The slow, relaxed and effortless motion in Tai Chi teaches perseverance, harmony, patience and — above all — grace. We don’t climb up a mountain with Tai Chi, but climb down the valley. Oftentimes, our chi piggybacks us to reach the down under.
Therefore, the slower one practices the forms, the more beautiful and meaningful they will be. It gives all the room chi needs to evolve into a larger force that illuminates our psyche. In slow movements, the end of a form is automatically the start of the next. Like the life itself, the movements in Tai Chi Chuan symbolize the whole cycle of life: from conception to death and the re-starting of the process all over again.
Breathe deep, relaxed and in orderly fashion. During the training, other exercises usually cause us to breathe faster than usual. Though this is perfectly normal, the practice of Tai Chi Chuan surprisingly won’t cause our lung and heart to worker harder as it is in other exercises. The practice is the result of breathing, not the other way around.
Therefore, our heart rate remains the same before and after the practice. This interesting feature of Tai Chi earns more kudos from those who suffer from cardiovascular or other heart problems. It doesn’t push one to his or her limit. Rather, it takes him or her to another level of endurance.
Focus on flexibility and focus through relaxation. Tai Chi teaches us how to attain another level of endurance not by exercising strength or concentration. Rather, focus comes through relaxation.
You might notice that a watchdog doesn’t concentrate stiffly; rather, it is completely relaxed. The more relaxed a person is, the senses open further, which later enables him or her to see more, feel more and be more.
Remember it is the path (Tao) that matters, not the destination. The whole process of how one reaches the advancement is more important than how fast it is achieved.