Hi; I have been so lax as of late. I have forgotten some of my moves, hope this will help. I am going to join our seniors group for the summer outdoors tai chi, hopefully this will get me back into the swing of things. I sure need the gentle muscle exercise once again.
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Practice moving your feet and legs before you start hand movements.
(1) The torso, front hip, and leg move as one unit. Do not twist at the knee when you move; especially when you take a step on a diagonal line.
(2) Keep a wide stance. Always keep your feet shoulder width apart, whether you are standing with feet on an even line from left to right or on a diagonal line with one foot stepped slightly forward of the other.
(3) Keep a gentle bend in your knees and keep knees relaxed.
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thinking of doing Tai Chi wish me luck
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Thank you. I've been trying to find something to start with . . . . so much out there it's scary.
I highly recommend this DVD. The instructor is a woman in our age group. Tai Chi is gentle on the joints; good for the balance and posture; includes movements for strength; massages the internal organs.
The first segments are about how to move and shift your weight. Very important. When I tried tai chi previously I did hurt myself by not moving properly. I was twisting at my knee because I did not move my feet and hips properly. I was also taking too large of a step when changing direction because I was watching a young martial arts expert do the stances.
You learn one movement sequence at a time. Repeat it each day until you feel confident. The instructor shows the sequence of movements slowly and explains the motion. Her descriptive phrases help you understand what you are doing, how to do it, and why.
Then, 2 students join her to show a demonstration moving at the normal pace. The instructor is facing you and the students you see from the back. It is just like being in the 2nd row of a group workout. Great for those of us who get confused about moving opposite of the instructor.
(Lift your right arm. No. Not that right. Your other right. Sound familiar?)
Once you learn the 20 movements that are used as the Tai Chi Short Form, in the final segment they demonstrate the entire regimen. It is good to follow along until you have it all memorized. Aha! Another benefit. You exercise the brain too.
See if your librarian can find you a copy through the Library Inter-loan System. Try it before purchasing the DVD.
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