Mind, abiding in the tan-tien
crown of head upright, as if suspended
tail bone hangs as if anchored downward
softened feet lay flat to the earth
shoulders, hips, ankles
from top to bottom
one straight line
connecting heaven and earth
Taijiquan is based on the Taiji and Bagua of the Book of Changes, and the ideas of Li (principles), Qi (energy), and Xiang (image) help to give shape to these concepts. Confucius said of the Changes, “Modeled on heaven and earth’s transformations, it never goes beyond them.
"At the beginning of study do not be concerned with cultivating the chi, but strive rather for precision in your body, leg and eye techniques. It is also important not to use strength, but following the natural movement of each posture perform them slowly and deliberately. Be sure the body moves as one complete unit....All the joints and bones should be relaxed and open".
John Hartley, Founder and Principal Instructor of Inner Health School of Taijiquan, Adelaide