Wednesday, February 17, 2010

For Barry - a warming posture I learned in Tai Chi

I promised Barry that I'd post this with pictures, and I figured out a way to do it!

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, pointing at 90 degrees from each other, weight evenly distributed on each foot, as well as between both feet.

Bend your knees, like you are sitting back into the posture, keeping your back in alignment from bottom to the top of your head.
Don't forget to breathe.

Your left arm will be in fromt of your chest, palm facing down, tip of fingers of left hand in front of your right shoulder. Left arm parallel to the ground, and a couple of inches from your body.
Remember again to breathe.

Your right arm will be near your private area, palm facing up, elbow bent so that your upper arm is perpendicular to the floor. Your hand is a few inches from your body, and directly below where your left hand would be, if your left hand were aligned at the center of your body.

You will be looking over your right shoulder.
Your hands are in a modified "holding a ball" posture, and I hold this in a relaxed manner, shoulders relaxed, breathing, for as long as I can, or until I am quite warm.

Don't forget to Ring a Bell tomorrow for Barry!


Anonymous said...

What a neat idea. I think I will try that myself.

Bagman and Butler said...

I tried this posture this morning but couldn't hold it very long because the long thin pole was too painful. And, yes, I'm ringing today!