Body regulation is one of the three regulations of qigong, and typically the first regulation to be engaged when slipping into tai chi composure.

To engage body regulation, scan your entire body with your awareness, both by narrowing your focus down to a point and moving it throughout your body, and by expanding your awareness to fill your entire body at once.  Feel each muscle and joint individually, feeling for tension or strain.  Let your muscles drop, your joints expand, and your bones align with gravity.  Experiment constantly by making microadjustments throughout your body, wiggling each joint, varying the tension in each muscle individually, and find the optimal configuration for your whole body.  Continue to integrate these body regulation principles throughout your practice, and eventually into your daily life.

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