Friday, May 22, 2015
Earlier this week I was practicing Tai Chi with Master Li. As he was showing us a new part of the form, my right arm was forming the tail of the heron. The hand is pointed down and as is all of Tai Chi - relaxed. Master Li came over to me, gently shook my right hand saying let go. Smiling to see The Grip had manifested once again. While driving home I was amazed at how once again when learning a new movement, I am holding on somewhere.
This morning while practicing Tai Chi down by Sligo Creek, I was practicing a new section and found myself stiffening my neck. My Alexander Technique work kicked in as I directed the neck to be free. How does tightening my neck help me execute a move? Keeping some attention to my neck as I continued to practice, a few other times I noticed I was tightening as I was learning these moves.
Again just now as I type, the neck was tightening. There is always an opportunity to let go.
Photo by Shikeroku