21 Jun Tai Chi – 10 Top Tips for Faster Learning
At first, Tai Chi seems really difficult - it's just that 'at first' can last a long time
10 Top Tips for Faster Learning
At first, Tai Chi can seem overwhelmingly complicated, with feet, arms, hands, head all doing something different at the same time. It’s a bit like learning to drive but with patience and practice, the movements become almost automatic. To help with these early stages of learning here are some things to keep in mind.
Focus on getting the foot placement first and practice transferring your weight from one foot to the other as smoothly as you can
Soften the Knees
The power to move comes from the legs as they straighten: push down through the soles of the feet
Take Care of Knees and Back
Keep knees in line with hips and feet, tuck the tailbone under to keep tension out of your low back
Move From the Waist
Start all your movements from your waist and allow all of the body to move together. Turn from your centreline like a revolving door
Practice basic stepping, stepping sideways and stepping to the left and right. Work on balancing in the T-stance before stepping to the sides
Soften the Shoulders
Soften the shoulders, let the elbows feel heavy, relax the wrists and fingers. Shoulders stay down even when the arms lift
Work on one posture until you have it secure then work on the transition to the next
Build Body Awareness
As you execute the moves, be aware of how your body feels and look for areas of tension and moments of imbalance
Pay attention to your breathing and to your posture even when you are not doing Tai Chi.
Stay Relaxed - Enjoy It!
Stay relaxed and enjoy your practice, results will come with regular practice and lots of patience
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