Bigger Steps

As a student sometimes you feel that your movements should be compact, maybe smaller to make it easier to practice, to make transitions. I find myself doing this at times to feel more relaxed, and to reduce the intensity of the set. Making bigger movements requires pushing a bit outside of the comfort zone and requires more muscle and coordination to stay centered – demands more of the core. But this is good – we don’t take taichi to stay the same, to be comfortable. Pushing the comfort zone – beware of injury of course, is something to consider if it’s not part of one’s program or especially if it is not a conscious practice.

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