~ T’ai Chi Sources ~
Students have expressed an interest in a one-hour class focused on some of the exercises we do after the warm-ups and before work on the sequence.
Making our way through a sequence in a reasonable amount of time doesn’t allow more than about 15 minutes for these foundation-building pursuits.
As I’ve added exercises over the years, some of the ones I think are really important—meaning they’ve helped me and others understand T’ai Chi, build qi, and maintain or regain our health—have gotten crowded out.
We’ll continue to include as much as we can in the regular classes (Wu, 42 Combined Forms, and Chen) but we can look more deeply into them and into more of them in the T’ai Chi Sources class.
Of course we can’t do all these in a single term, but here’s what we’ll be working on:
- Feather Walking
- Qigong (Cultivates qi by coordinating breath and movement)
- Silk Reeling (Cultivates the natural circling, spiraling flow of qi through the body)
- Liangong (Came out of China in 1975. Six sets of 6 exercises that combine ancient therapeutic exercises and modern sports medicine.)
- Push Hands (Done with a partner. Builds sensitivity to another person’s intentions and provides practice in being both a leader and a follower. Not competitive.)
- Tao Te Ching (Looking at more than one translation—a chapter at a time.)
- Taoist Breathing