Joanne Lau, Canberra
On 17/02/2012 9:40 AM, Joanne Lau
Subject: Tai-Chi Sock
Monday, May 05, 2008 3:40 PM
Tai-Chi diary April May 2008
Week 1 - Since our
classes focussing on bow + arrow stance and Grasp Bird’s
Tail, I've found my legs, shoulders and arms are more fluid
when doing the form. This looseness is esp. evident when
doing the warm up exercises. Before my arms wouldn't swing
as my shoulders were stiff; my legs were v. tight. hurt to
slap, tired quickly. My legs are shaky. Maybe they aren't
used to proper balancing.
This week was demanding @ work. .. In addition to work, this time in writing and sitting took a toll. By week end I was hunched over in back and shoulders, and in a lot of pain. I shouldn't have sat through a 2.5 hr meeting taking only 1 break to realign my posture.
Practised Tai Chi
Chuan less than required, mainly before and after work, but
often even during.
Week 2 - 2 nights of rest since bad pain, my back is a little less sore and slightly less tense. Arms v. tight, jabs of pain.
Saturday, April 19, 2008 8:00 PM
In our classes on 4 and 5 April, we revised Grasp bird's tail and the Bow and arrow stance, focusing on the upper body and footwork. This helped work my shoulders, which are / had been very tight. The footwork helped bring my posture to a more natural one. Also did form correction + 04.10.
19 April 2008 update
wk 2 - warm up
exercise good to start practice, although legs tight to
start with. Crouch v. effective for realigning posture
during work. Muscles are v. tight, jabbing pain in random
wk 3 - feel tranquil
when practising Tai Chi Chuan, and one practice was at the
correct pace whereas I'm often distracted and too fast.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008 8:05 PM
Tai Chi practice
since the March class has been good, and interesting. I've
been doing the warm up exercises of the crouch which are
helpful. I've tried the arm drop / twirl but don't seem to
have it and am not seeing any obvious benefit. I enjoy doing
the form, where some days some movements are smooth. I had a
few blank spots in the form, which cleared up 2 weeks later.
My balance isn't so good a week from the class.
Sunday, March 16, 2008 10:44 AM
TAI CHI DIARY
11 March 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008 7:44 AM
Since our class in
December last year I've tried to slow down the Tai Chi
practice. Up til then I went through form in 20 minutes.
Then quite suddenly about 2 weeks ago I did my form in 40
minutes. That time I practised for an hour. It was
exhausting although satisfying and enlivening.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007 12:37 PM
Your classes were
great in restoring my confidence that I could move with some
fluidity. In following your 4 steps I've started getting
some more sleep. I have some nights that I don't sleep much.
Doing Tai chi or thinking of Tai Chi is calming. I get tired from challenges, work and study and treatment. I am getting a lot of benefit from practising Tai Chi as required and am grateful for the respite it provides for the pain I have.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007 1:46 PM
I can now do the
transition before Repulse Monkey in S.3 and raise my knee to
my elbow - that's amazing!
I started viewing
the section 1 DVD you gave me. It's really hard work. I felt
physically strained whilst practising although moving was
almost effortless. This automatic mode is not as prevalent
as when I had been practising without the DVD. This is all
very surprising considering I'd been pretty exhausted for
about a month...
Thank you for your persistence. I am glad to have something to get my body back into action after so much sleep and inaction.