Consistently I ask detail questions in class. What foot is weighted? Do you sit back before that move? I usually get some form of the same answer. Both ways can be used. Perhaps even a third. Once you learn the basic moves, the nuance becomes art, the art of Tai Chi.
What is the transition into Fist Under Elbow, I asked today. Ah. I did not see that before. Good. That forward step makes sense.
I love teaching Tai Chi. I also love just being a student and absorbing what I can in any given moment. First there will be the limitation of the day. What body part just is not going to cooperate with my inner vision of grace, beauty, flow, connection to Heaven and Earth.
A few weeks ago I tweaked my left knee (that’s another story). With regular acupuncture sessions at HamsterPuncture, community acupuncture by Ed Layton, an intuitive and brilliant healer, I’m ready to go. Until the next time. And that deep squat thing in Qigong, forget it. This body may never get that low without pain. Too bad I didn’t start to study this when I was seventeen. But here I am with another seven and doing what I can each day.
I love the days that flow. I endure the days when my timing is off, when I loose balance on a kick, when I forget what form I’m doing. As I say to my students, you can’t learn without mistakes. Tai Chi is a lifetime practice, not an eight week course and you get a certificate.
There is no right way. There is only what you can do in this moment. Let the Chi flow.