There are several ways you can adjust your body for doing the form.
Sometimes just starting from a standing position that has transitioned into a painful position from a days worth of unnatural physical programming isn’t always the best.
What do I mean by unnatural programming?
Unnatural programming is the unhealthy hours sitting in a chair. The long hours standing with bad posture. The incorrect posture your body acquires from physical fatigue. Walking on concrete. Bad shoes… Basically, the Modern Lifestyles we have all adapted to, while crippling our own natural healthy balance, disrupting our flow and causing actual health problems.,
This is so basic, but I don’t want any tension in this movement. It also helps to stand infant of a wall for balance or have a chair nearby to aid the range of motion.
- Stand a little wider than shoulder width apart.
- Inhale, gently. Exhale, gently
- At the bottom of your exhale feel the internal body release and allow your bottom to lower itself to the ground. Let hips drop below knee level, initiating a full release into what should be a resting position, feeling the connection from the base of both your feet against the floor.
- Inhale, gently. Exhale, gently.
- At the beginning of your following inhale, allow the weight to shift into the active part of your foot, the big toe and the ball and push up through your breath into a standing position. Do not lock your knees at the top, always keep the knees soft, which maintains the rooted base in the soles of both feet.
- Repeat from Step 2 as many times as necessary. Allow your breath to guide the movement.
Another very basic, familiar move. Sit with both feet flat on the floor. Make sure heels of both feet sit behind the knees.
- Cross one leg over, allowing the ankle rest just above the knee of the opposite leg.
- Sit tall. Shoulders back, chest out, tummy firm.
- Feel the energy from the top of your head move straight down your spine, into your seat (tush).
- If you don’t feel the hip joint “open up”, slide the planted foot further behind it’s knee.
- Just take deep even breaths. Listen, feel, release.
I find these two simple exercises helpful in translating the body mechanics The Tai Chi Method utilizes to initiate the rooting necessary for stimulating the release needed for the nourishment of Energy Flow.
They’re simple to do at home and easy to remember when you don’t have the convenience of a class to guide you through the necessary mechanisms for Internal Energy Flow.