Maybe you did some taiji despite being tired after work? Maybe you had an amazing experience doing qi gong? Post about it, or post a picture!
Yang Taiji form 8 step - on an uneven rock!
Please note: I make a mistake in this form: in the lunge (“gong bu”), my knee goes over my toes. PLEASE DO NOT EVER DO THIS. I was even praised by Master Kuttel for doing this step correctly and NOT making this frequent mistake, so it was an interesting lesson for me to look at the video. I think I was trying to overcompensate for something … be it stress of recording myself or the un-evenness of the rock!
Yun Shou - Moving Hands like Clouds, or Cloud Hands
Many of you have asked for a break-down of this step, so here it is. I hope it is helpful! The first video is longer and goes into detail very much step by step. The second one should help you with form 8 Step.
I will be posting little bits and pieces about Qi Gong, Taiji and breathing over here.
Great video on how to position your head correctly for optimal health (and beautiful Taiji).
So here is a little story from me to kick this thread off.
My practice helped me AVOID COFFEE.
As many of you know, I recently travelled with my son Yavor to Moscow where he competed in the European Kung Fu Championships. As amazing as this experience was, sitting in a Hot and Stuffy hall for hours on end certainly takes a toll, and most parents found themselves engaging in frequent coffee shop trips.
As I joint them, I found myself passing through a beautiful sunny garden… and decided to stop just for a bit to do taiji. I have to say it is not always easy to break the inertia and not easy to break out of a crowd that does something different! Yet as soon as I got into the practice, my body screamed „yes” and I continued for a long time. The movement and the deep breaths of fresh air was exactly what I needed at the moment to get my circulation moving, clear my head and increase my energy! Next time I felt whoozy after a day of stitting in a stuffy room, I invited a Chinese friend over and we headed straight for the park to do the Ba Duan Jin / Eight Brocades!
(This does not mean, by the way, that I never ever drink coffee any more. I do like it and currently have no reason, according to Chinese Medicine, to give up the occassional cup. But I am a little bit more aware of what it is my body really needs, and have more tools to achieve it other than drinkable caffeine :) )