Tai Chi Clouds Hands
A 7-Week Introductory Course To Taijiquan
In Taijiquan (Tai Chi) studies, Wuji Standing Meditation lays the foundation for stillness and rooting, while Cloud Hands (also known as Silk Reeling Exercises) are the building blocks of movement. These seemingly simple arm circles embody Taijiquan’s essential movement principles: 1) the external kinetic princple of whole-body movement with the Dantian as the center, and 2) the internal energetic principle that qi follows the mind, body follows qi, and mind, body and qi move as one).
This course introduces the beginner to:
1. the foundational Cloud Hands / Silk Reeling Exercises including natural circles and reverse circles in various single-hand and double-hand combinations (scroll down to Curriculum for more details);
2. in conjunction with the Cloud Hands arm movement: Five Steps (五步 wu bu) - center/fixed, left and right, front and back.
These arm movements and steps are foundational to all styles of Taijiquan.
At the end of this course, you will have acquired:
1. A standalone practice offering the major health benefits of Tai Chi such as:
- greater balance and lower-body strength,
- better upper-body alignment (posture) and relaxation,
- quicker access to calmness,
- and many of the resuling benefits including enhanced immunity and reduced stress;
2. A reliable foundation for further studies of any style of Taijiquan (Chen, Yang, etc.) in a number of ways:
- a good coordination between the arms, legs and body weight that will make it easier to learn complex moves in form sequences (the beautiful choreographed flow you see in Tai Chi performances);
- a conceptual and (more importantly) embodied understanding of the kinetic and energetic principles of Taijiquan;
- drills and routines you can keep using to refine your Taijiquan skills.
All this of course depends on consistent participation in classes and practices.