Susan and I are about to start our first virtual tai chi class. Thank you Corona virus for the opportunity to practice using a laptop, just as they surely did in Chen village.
PS-I bet Karl started the class two minutes earlier. Somethings never change.
Great class. I'm glad that you emphasized lifting the head to the heavens because I haven't been doing that. After we focused on cloud hands at the last Lan Su class, my shoulders were really sore from overuse. Maybe I tensed my muscles too much. This time I didn't pull as much but I already feel like I've had a workout. Thank you!
If you lift your head it well be easier to relax your shoulders. It is like a coat hanging on a coat hanger. If the hanger is supported on a hook the sleeves will natural hang to the ground, but if we take it off the hook everything is just a jumbled pile on the floor.
Elevate the Crown and Lift the Spirit is a great first principle, something to bring into practice all day every day, most especially now. There is so much now that threatens to the spirit down. It feels to me like the very act of elevating the crown calls my spirit to lift. The "trick" (as you remind me) is to keep bringing consciousness back to that intention and letting my spine lengthen and strengthen in the process. Tai chi is miraculous!
Thank you for making the full text of Yang Cheng Fu's principles available. It works for me to have some written words to study and contemplate along with your classes.
It was a delight to participate in your first online class, Mark and Tat. I have missed your instruction, Mark, and your inspiration. And your intensity, which comes across abundantly in the video.
Best wishes to everyone to stay well. I miss you all.
Scarlett! It is so good to hear from you. Thank you for joining in. As you point out elevate the crown and lift the spirit is so much more than physical. It is great to have your wisdom and love brought to the group.
Again, I joined this afternoon. So, I really liked the recorded class. Thanks to Mark and Tat both for doing this for us. It was a joy to have your instruction again. I will try to be on time on Thursday.
I so needed this class after being away for a while.
It was very interesting to realize how I don't really lift the crown even though I think I do. When I did form later I only could keep it lifted when I thought about it and I realized that if I was in a battle I would be dead because I would be thinking about lifting crown excetra instead of being pummeled. Better to die with a straightish neck.