Yang Style Short Form – Demonstrated by Master Wasentha Young (2014) The complete digital media video is available through Vimeo On-Demand. The series includes a stream of the full face view with a narration of the basic principles (included with first/third); front, back, hands, and feet views of the individual postures; and stream of the back view (as if […]
Tai Chi is Rooted in Meditation This was the last week of this semester and is the last posting on “rooting.” So here it is – How Tai Chi Chuan is rooted in meditation. When I lived in Boulder, CO I was a part of the pervasive Buddhist community that Chogyam Trungpa created when he […]
Over the next few months I will be posting Pearls of Wisdom about the Yang-Style Short Form lineage as taught by Professor Cheng man-Ching that preserve the integrity of tai chi while expanding beyond what may be expected to be its norm. There are many things that I have learned from students/disciples of the “Professor” that sometimes […]
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More on rooting: Last week I discussed with students three (of course there is more) things relative to being rooted or not. 1. The pace when one is doing the form (discussed below) , 2. Alignment in motion, and 3. The upward tension in the muscles. More on these aspects later. Being rooted is also connected […]
Rooting also happens at the top of the head. The Ba Wei point is located at the top-of-head. It is referred to in several different ways in the tai chi classics. For example: As if being hung by a string from above, Let the spirit of vitality reach your head-top, etc.An additional point that has […]
The second/third of the Yang Style Short Form demonstrated by Master Young is now available. Includes individual postures with back (as if in class), front, feet and waist/hands perspective. Narration of the weight distribution and waist involvement are included.
Chen Wei-Ming was a senior student of Yang Chang-Fu back in the 1930’s. I was told that he was deemed the “keeper of the gate” entrusted with upholding the integrity of the Yang lineage. Another story I was told is that when Professor Cheng Man-Ching modified the long form, he asked Chen Wei-Ming (CWM) for […]
Bring conscious awareness to your breathing. Let your mind connect with the in and out breaths. Know that when you inhale, you are bringing in vital and nourishing energy. On the exhale, consciously let go of what no longer serves you physically, mentally, and emotionally in that moment.
Relax your feet towards the earth; lift your head-top to the universe. Your body mass relaxes downward; your spirit of vitality goes upward. In the motion the tai chi form, you place your weight over the dominate weight baring foot. Let your body mass relax down and feel the energy bounce upward. This is much […]