From what I understand about Tai Chi (I've been taking 'online' lessons, to see if I enjoy it). Here are the basic "steps'' needed before you can properly go into a 'form': 1) Awareness that your muscles are 'alive'. 2) With that awareness, relax your muscles from inside themselves: layer by layer, relax your skin - bones - muscles - nerves - joints - tendons too (is that even possible?) 3) Now that your body is relaxed, you can start 'sinking' them into your DAN TIEN. And that's where it gets confusing for me. Some teachers teach that the goal of Tai Chi is to drop / sink everything / all the energy FROM your Upper Burner of the Body down into your DAN TIEM (the DAN TIEM is 'located' between the smaller and bigger intestines, in your Center of Gravity). The DAN TIEM acts as a battery, a central source of enegry, that will THEN disperse the energy (of the upper burner) stored in it, throughout your body: either upwards in the body (ABOVE the DAN TIEM area) or downwards in the body (BELOW the DAN TIEM area). Some teachers teach that the goal of Tai Chi is to 'root' / 'sink your feet' into the ground -- this means that the energy in the DAN TIEM itself should 'drop' down into your hips, thighs all the way into your feet -- but won't this mean that now it's the FEET (and NOT the Dan Tiem) that will act as a battery, because it has absorbed the energy of the Dan Tiem (which has absorbed the energy of the upper burner of the body, in the first place)? I thought the energy of the body should be focused in the belly / Dan Tiem area, not anywhere else. I understand that all chi flows FROM the belly / Dan Tiem, or flows TO the belly / Dan Tiem (depending in the movement). So what do the FEET have to do with that? And technically speaking, how can the Lower Burner of the Body 'sink' into the DAN TIEM -- doesn't 'sinking' mean that something has to go down, NOT up? And what do people mean by upper DAN TIEM, middle DAN TIEM, lower DAN TIEM? THANKS FOR CLEARING THINGS UP. By the way, step # 4) would be to "LENGTHEN" the energy in your body -- but I'm not there yet : ) :bang: Another post, regarding the DAN TIEM, from another MAP user: Without turning this into a major thesis, it is due to the physical attributes of the intestinal tract and it's center of gravity, it's ability to act like a huge conductive battery, that this point is the logical heart of the Dan Tien; it is a giant battery for bio electricity. So we see that with the triple heater Qigong that we do ( if you do this ) you are actually developing and storing Qi. Cultivating it in the lower, storing it in the middle physical Dan Tien, and then circulating it via the upper Dan Tien . The brain is the upper Dan Tien, the middle Dan Tien is the true physical Dan Tien and the lower Dan Tien is the Dan Tien of mind or the lower heater. You can get into absurdly deep discussions on a scientific level and begin using chemistry to show results with all this. Essentially the answer is yes and no and it depends on the Dan Tien your are discussing and the context within which you are referring to it.