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Zhan Zhuang


Definition: Zhan Zhuang - whose literal translation from the Chinese is "standing like a post" - is a category of training practices used primarily in internal martial arts forms such as qigong and taiji. In Zhan Zhang practice, static/stationary postures (e.g. the "horse stance") are utilized to develop strength and endurance as well as structural and energetic alignment. Once the practitioner assumes the physical position, attention is turned inward, making Zhan Zhuang practice similar in many ways to sitting meditation; for this reason, it's sometimes referred to as standing meditation.
Also Known As: Standing Like A Tree, Pile Standing
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