Feeling the connection between the movements. Feel the openings and closings, the contractions and expansions, the separations and joinings.
The whole body is connected as it moves through the form. Feel the connection between the hands stretch as they move apart, and condense again as they circle back together.
The movement begins in the belly, and propagates outward. If you feel the form in the abdomen, you’re on the right track.
The 13 Principles of Tai Chi:
|Sinking of Shoulders and Dropping of Elbows|
|Relaxing of Chest and Rounding of Back|
|Sinking Chi down to Dan Tien|
|Lightly Pointing Up the Head|
|Relaxation of Waist and Hip|
|Differentiate Between Empty and Full: Yin and Yang|
|Coordination of Upper and Lower Parts of the Body|
|Using the Mind Instead of Force|
|Harmony Between Internal and External|
|Connecting the Mind and the Chi|
|Find Stillness Within Movement|
|Movement and Stillness Present at Once|
|Continuity and Evenness Throughout the Form|