|1.||Relax your shoulders and drop your elbows.|
|2.||Your head should be upright with a light, receptive energy at the very top.|
|3.||In moving, posture is balanced, upright and consistent.|
|4.||Your lowest vertebrae drops like a plumb line toward the earth.|
|5.||Relax all the tissues of your body and internal organs.|
|6.||Loosen your waist and hips.|
||“Sink” as you relax, drop your awareness to your Tan Tien (belly) so that your
energy connects to the earth.
|8.||Expand and open all the joints of your body. Do not force your joints.|
|9.||Your line of vision should be concentrated yet with a soft focus.|
|10.||Breathe deep into the abdomen (Tan Tien) and let your mind rest there.|
|11.||Upper and lower mutually follow; the body moves as a unit.|
||Inside and outside co-ordinate. Harmonize your internal (mind/energy)
and external (movements and effort).
|13.||Tai Chi Movements are to be joined and unbroken. Maintain continuity.|
|14.||Differentiate solid and empty, firm and yielding, yang and yin.|
|15.||Use Mind (Yi) not force.|
||“Let your Yi direct your Ch’i”. Connect your mind and your vital energy (Ch’i).
Calm your mind and direct the Ch’i with your mind.
||Let your Ch’i circulate and fill your entire body. Stay full and complete in
energy and movement with no gaps or holes.
|18.||Above all: In movement, seek stillness.|