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Term Glossary: Six Harmonies

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Six Harmonies


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The Six Harmonies are practical instructions for posture and intention when practicing taichi or chi gung. They were recorded from older texts by Dai Long Bang in 1750.
External Harmonies
1) The hands harmonize with the feets.
2) The hips harmonize with the shoulders.
3) The elbows harmonize with the knees.

Internal Harmonies
1) The heart harmonizes with the intention.
2) The intention harmonizes with the Chi.
3) The Chi harmonizes with the movement.

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