10 Form Tai Chi
Part 5 Wave Hands Like Clouds
Wave hands like clouds can function as a complete exercise in itself. It could also serve as a complete martial art in itself.
In the beginning, try not to be too overwhelmed by what many see as a complicated set of moves. With practice, you will learn to love this movement and the wonderful sense of root, power, relaxation, and energy flow that you experience while doing it.
With each step, you should be looking at the hand opposite to the foot that is stepping. You should not be able to see your foot move, even with your peripheral vision.
When you lift your knee to step, move the knee forward, rather than trying to lift the whole leg up and to the side. This way the hips can stay level, and the foot will describe a slight arc as it moves to the side.
Keep the lower back open and relaxed. This is done by settling the weight into the thighs and using the turning of the waist and hips to keep the balance. Do not lean from side to side.