Classical three regulations/principals

to embody in practicing Tai Chi /Qi Gong

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Jarko Taivasmaa

Classical three regulations and other principles

…regulations / principles you follow and embody in your practice (and possible teach to others)? …. 

I … concentrate … classical ….

I call them: 

1 attention / consciousness 

2 breathing 

3 movement / posture 
*space experience in the body 

(by introducing) to my students informal chi kung.

For example any moment in daily life you can bring your awareness here and now and in the bodily sensations (out of mind), letting the breathing be free and natural, letting the body be relaxed etc. This something like…”mini / micro practices”.


Johny Tay

 Here are the three broad training philosophies of my newly established ‘The Chi Studio’ in Toronto ( 

• Anyone can become proficient in the chi, regardless of gender, ethnicity, cultural background, or even ‘natural talent’; only patience and diligence matters. 

• Maintain the highest standards of chi knowledge and legacy of the ancient masters, in terms of both its physical (chigong/taichigong) and philosophical tradition (Taoist philosophy). 

• Improve the quality of life for practitioners and larger society on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.


Kwai chee

I find that the important factors in being able to reap the benefits of qigong are still very much within the three classical principles that you have described above. … those who … are not successful even after years of practice (are failing to adhere) to these principles.

The ancient Chinese qigong (neigong at that time) masters have 3 precise words for these principles, and translated literally are (i) Relaxation (“Soong”), (ii) Quietness of mind (“Jin”) and (iii) Natural (“Jih Run”).


Relaxation is the total relaxation of body and mind. For the body, the qigong practitioner must train to relax not just the bones, muscles and tendons, but should also down to the tissues and the cells.


Quietness of the mind is the stage called “the Qigong state of mind” which I believe is a lowering of the brainwaves down to the alpha stage or even lower.


Natural is to be natural in posture as well as movements. Taijiquan is a good example as the position of the hand/elbow, etc is never angled but round.


Nothing is forced including breathing. Once there is force, tension arises, and a blockage to the flow of qi is created.

 From my experience, especially in movement qigong, there must also be synchronisation/unity of the mind with the breathing and the movements of the limbs and waist. This will facilitate the many aspects of daoyin, grounding and the harnessing of universal, earth and environmental qi.

Hence, if a student is passionate about taking up qigong, he/she must make the effort to learn from a suitable teacher, who should at least know about these basic principles.

Jarko Taivasmaa

… I am mainly concentrating on those three (principals) and expanding them. They seem to be core ones ….

For me principles are actual technical things which I help to students remember by saying: let face and shoulders relax, bring your awareness back into your bodily sensations, release your abdomen, sense pure sensation (of weight) on the bottom of your feet (which is again actually attention principle).

…relaxation is the most important thing, because when body, psyche and whole being relaxes then chi flow opens up naturally inside the human system and also between universe (heaven, nature, earth, Source etc.) and human system. … So relaxation is also natural path to presence.

Johny Tay

Relaxation is often misunderstood in English because there is no accurate translation for the word ‘song‘…. (Song) is not be same as being ‘loose’. It is the mid-point between being stiff (like a piece of dried wood) and loose (like a puppet on strings)…. By being relaxed (‘song’), you are not stiff, and not loose as well. There is still a strong, basic posture but your body is still soft.

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