See this Wu style single whip posture. I think the gentleman is Master Wu Tu Nan, if I am not mistaken. I look at it and think, how open and comfortable it looks - speaks volumes really.
- John H
"All parts must stay connected. if one part of the body moves all parts must move. If one part of the body is still all parts must be still" Cheng Man Ching (1947)
A TED video you may find of interest on how stress affects the body (click the link below to view in a new window).
- TED: How stress affects the body
I’ve recently enjoyed a brief period of focused practice and contemplation during the last three months. I have found it helpful over the years to pull back and focus on specific areas of foundational practice or areas of postural sequences. I have found the more I delve into the fundamentals the more I gleam from them everyday something new shines through, it is truly a case of constantly polishing jade. The depth and subtlety of T'ai Chi Ch'uan never ceases to amaze, as practitioners I am sure you would agree?
The practice of T'ai Chi Ch'uan is, I feel, a much needed antidote to the stress and tension increaingly evident in today's world.
John Hartley, Founder and Principal Instructor of Inner Health School of Taijiquan, Adelaide