24 Posture Taijiquan (24 Form Tai Chi)
Lesson 2 – Preparation and Commencement
The first movements of the tai chi routine are often glossed over or even partly discarded as being incidental. But there is much that can be benefited by paying close attention to the important details of these opening moves.
This is where Wuji (Wu Chi) becomes Taiji (Tai Chi).
This is where we first address the important principles of posture and alignment in tai chi:
Head balanced as if suspended from above.
Sink the shoulders and drop the elbows.
Sink the chest and “raise” the back. (Relax the ribcage without slouching.)
Relax the waist.
Relax the hips, knees, ankles and feet.
Relax the joints and let the thighs do the work.