Hi, my name's Jesse Harding, and today we're gonna be talking about proper breathing in Tai Chi. Proper breathing and breath awareness is essential in your practice and understanding of Tai Chi. Let's being with mindfulness, where we're simply being aware of how we're breathing without trying to change how we're breathing. So I'm gonna invite you now to close your eyes, and without trying to change the breathing, just simply notice when you're breathing in that you're breathing in, and when you're breathing out you're breathing out. When you breathe in, notice the inhale, and when you breathe out, notice the exhale, and the feeling of the exhale. Feel the rhythm and the quality of how you're breathing. Now we're gonna do an experiment where we put one hand on our chest and one hand on our lower abdomen, and with your eyes closed, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth, notice the feeling and any movement in your body, and pay attention to your hands. As you breathe in and breathe out, notice which hand is moving more, your top hand or your bottom hand. When the top hand is moving more, that's like the shallow end of the swimming pool. When you're breathing deeply from the lower abdomen, that's like being in the deep end of the swimming pool. So in Tai Chi we learn to breathe more from the lower abdomen. So as you continue to breathe in and breathe out, invite your belly to expand like a balloon filling with air, and feel it expand from all directions, from the front, the back and the sides. There's a Chinese adage that if you can breathe properly, you can have the strength of ten tigers, and one of the ways that we experience that is is combining our breath and movement so they work in continuity with one another. For example, when we're doing roll back into press, when we're doing the yin movement, which is the receiving movement, we're inhaling, and then when we do the yang movement we're exhaling. If those things start to separate and we're breathing shallow or, and it's disjointed, that can lead to stress and there's not as much power. In Tai Chi power is defined as a lack of resistance. So we identify the tension and let the tension go, and we let the breath guide the movement so everything fits together in harmony. In this example we're inhaling on the yin motion, and then exhaling slowly on the yang motion.