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Grasp Bird's Tail - Tai Chi

Sunday, July 21, 2013

We've learned a short tai chi form in our beginner's tai chi class. I can't do it without watching someone at this point. I'm still learning the fundamentals of how to place my feet, how to balance my weight so that one side is "empty" and one side is "full" ( a yin-yang principle of weight placement) and how to coordinate my hands to my body movements. I love how visually rich our instructor's instructions are. This comes from a tradition that started before many practitioners of tai chi could read or write and so needed imagery that would stick with them as they learned. One move in our current form is "grasp bird's tail". You can just see that big pheasant sitting on the arm and the person stroking the long tail in front of them.

PS - today was day #1 of a new pain free streak. My past streak was only 2 1/2 days long. This is not something that I have total control over (like I might over an exercise streak) but I am tracking it anyway because it helps me to see the effects of diet changes on my chronic pain condition.
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