Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tai Chi Tuesday: Making 'Part the Horse's Mane' Consistent.

Tai Chi Tuesday: Making 'Part the Horse's Mane' Consistent

As much as I hate to admit this, I do not always catch all of my students' mistakes. As a result, sometimes movements are not perfect or consistent. Let's strive for perfection by going through the form by focusing on each posture in the form, starting with part the horse's mane.

We will begin from Tai Chi ball left.

Your left foot should be directly next to your right foot, with the heel raised.Slightly.

The left arm is at waist level with the palm facing the ceiling and the arm in a slight arc.

The right arm is just below or at shoulder level with the palm facing downward, facing the left elbow and also slightly arced. The right elbow is relaxed and below the right wrist.

Step out 45 degrees with the left foot. Then, by keeping the right arm in place, gently slide the left hand under the right arm. As the left palm meets the right wrist, the right arm starts to pull back and down, stopping just outside the right hip with fingers facing the floor at a 45-degree angle.

The left arm arcs left so the palm ends up facing your mouth. The torso follows the arm and stops 45 degrees to the left.

By delaying the movement of the right arm until the left palm passes over the right wrist, your part the horses mane will be smoother and more consistent.

Notice how often that 45 degree angle come into play here. (We will discuss this more in the future.)

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