Starting on the 16th day of January in the year 2007, I will dedicate three months to strictly Yang Style taiji. I’ve been jumping back and forth on this issue for quite some time, trying to figure out which path is the best for me.
In my training, I do some Yang, I do some Chen, then I sit here at the computer comparing and contrasting the methods and trying to figure out the reason behind the difference. Instead, I will just do and explore.
There are many reasons for trying this out, but ultimately it comes down to feeling better after a session of Yang versus a session of Chen. I tend to feel more relaxed, more aware, more focused, just more of everything without the knee pains 🙂
I began today’s session with zhanzhuang training. Usually I would’ve done it for a fixed 5 or so mins over lunch, but this time I just let myself relax into the practice. I held the posture until I felt like I was ready to begin. No forcing, no looking at times, just waiting for my body to let me know it was time.
This reminded me of a practice from my wushu days. My coach would tell me to stand with my feet together and eyes closed. Remain in this position until I am ready to begin. But once I start, do not stop. No hesitation.
After some time, I opened up my eyes, shifted my with onto the right leg and stood with my feet together until I felt centered and ready. After a couple of deep breaths, I slowly lifted my left foot, resting on the tip toes. Slowly, I visualized energy coming from the ground and up my body. Following this energy, I lifted my left foot and rested it shoulder width apart from my right foot.
In working with these type of visualizations, I noted my breathing was much calmer, my movement much smoother, my mind more intent, my mind calmer.
It felt a little bit funny not doing any Chen in this session. But overall, I felt good. Calm and rejuvenated. Now that’s a training session 🙂