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With your very first step, your mind is calm enough to be able to stroke a wild horses mane. Your arms flow, spreading your wings like a white crane, you play with the monkey, and you carefully grasp a swallows tail, asking it to remain in your hand so as to admire its beauty.
Your thoughts flow free, like clouds in the sky, and you gather your power to be able to kick and feel the wind through the temples.
Elegantly, the snake creeps down, balanced, the rooster stands on one leg, powerful, you reach for the ocean floor, and aware, you come back to center, feeling the flow of harmony and the wind of the Universe blowing in your heart and soul.
Please practice with a Tai Chi teacher in order to get the most out of your Tai chi Practice.
Note: The Short Grasping Swallows Tail form is inspired by Mantak Chia’s Tai Chi form.
One version of the 24 Step Tai Chi form
Tai chi walk
Tai chi step
Short Grasping Swallows Tail Form - Front view
Short Grasping Swallows Tail Form - Back view
Short Grasping Swallows Tail Form - Foot work
One of the fundamental movements of Tai chi.
Feel the ground beneath your feet, every undulation, every little stone, every soft touch of the grass blades, the gentle support of the sand. Feel the power of the earth rise through your leg, condensing itself in your center, balancing and strengthening and grounding you. Feel the power of the sky spiral down through your head, condensing itself in your center, energising and lightening and freeing you.
Feel your self at one with the heavens and the earth and your body, softly, slowly, gently walking with awareness and harmony.
The fundamental stepping movement of Tai chi.
Without the Tai chi step and its accompanying focus and balance and strength, there is no Tai chi. One cannot achieve any form of successful Tai chi if the step has no power or flow, no grounding or freedom, no centering or lightness.
As a beginner, one practices the steps.
As an intermediate student, one practices the steps.
As a master, one practises the steps.
(Inspired by Mantak Chia’s Short Tai Chi Form)
A short form repeating a couple of moves, moving first clockwise in a circle, then counter clockwise. This form is short enough to practise every day, and brings awareness to your body. Your mind centers on the repetitive movements, your breathing deepens, your body moves and stretches.