- Lifting arms through water
- Opening the chest
- Painting a rainbow across the sky
- Separating clouds/taiji closing
- Backwards monkey
- Rowing the boat
- Carrying the ball up to the sky
- Gazing at the moon
- Pushing palm, turning the the waist
- Wave hands like white clouds
- Scooping up the sea and gazing to the horizon
- Pushing the waves
- Dove spreads it’s wings
- Punching in horse stance
- Butterfly dries it’s wings
- Turning wheel round and round
- Bouncing the ball, softy, softly
- Settling and balancing to close
It can be very helpful to know the names of each posture. One reason is that it make it easier to ask your teacher questions about the posture. For example, you can ask your teacher about, “White Crane Spreads It’s Wings,” instead of hoping that your teacher will know which posture you mean when you move your arms about in some not clearly definable way.
Another benefit, is that it helps you remember the forms, becoming like a sort of muscle memory nemonic. Knowing the name, moving the body, remembering and feeling your way become one integrated process.
So, above is my list. Please know that I have played some with the names. Since they arte translated by others from Chinese, I have tried to make them simple, memorable and sensible. They are only my take on it. You may have different and even better ideas. Love to hear them.
I hope you can enjoy learning these postures somewhere. If you are in Chicago, maybe come give Calm Chicago a visit. We are the only qigong, tai chi center on the near south side; convenient for South Loop, UIC, Chinatown and Pilsen residents. We have an 8-week Intro Class starting the first Thursday in March. Hope you can join us.
Till next time, practice well. Enjoy the journey.
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RoK Teasely drew the night away at Calm Chicago as part of last night’s 2nd Friday festivities.
All you had to do was give him three words and he’d make you a drawing, an idea he calls, “Drawing Out Souls.”
He made some lovely pictures and people really seemed to love the work made just for them on the spot.
If you missed your chance to get a drawing, no worries. RoK will be back next month for 2nd Friday, July 13th 6-10pm!
Also, don’t forget, tomorrow Calm Chicago has 18-Form Qigong from 9:30-10:15, then tai chi from 10:30-11:30 in the morning. Hope to see you there.
This is the first in a series of 18-videos breaking down how to do the form, along with tips on how to learn, practice and make the lessons of qigong practical and accessible in your every day life.
I hope this may help you on your journey to your best self as you learn to exercise both the body and mind. And of course, I use the word “self,” as a practical matter of speaking. I’m not suggesting that we get too attached to any form of exercise as a way of making our Self Bigger and having a big ego only that, in order to really enjoy life, living wisely, compassionately and with clarity borne of confidence, having health in mind and body is highly recommended.
When the body is out of shape or in pain, it really brings the mind down.
Let know what you think? I hope this proves useful.
Peace and happiness for all,