While we are a school of moving, we do have a few standing postures we will be doing before and after moving drills and forms. In particular the Wuji posture will be done to open and close moving. We will take 3 breaths to dan tien while holding each posture. Holding these postures will add up in time as you will see in future videos. We just do not do 40 to 60 minutes of standing in one session where time is of the essence to be used towards moving through the form and postures.
This is the opportunity to clear your mind of thoughts, to relax, be in the moment, focus your qi, and return the body to a natural state. We do this before and after movement. Breath at the dan tien for some time before and after Tao Lu form training.
Here are a few videos of some holding postures we may use:
1. Ready posture with middle finger touching acupoint GB 31 “Feng Shi”.
2. Wuji posture #1: wrists are bend with fingers point forward.
3. “Holding the basket” with arms lower than acupoint ST17 at the nipple.
4. Back to Wuji#1
5. Dan tien: link up Lao gong to lao gong on the hands (PC8), then touch Laogong to (CV6/Ren6)”Qihai” or “Sea of Qi” below the navel.
6. Ready posture touching GB31.(repeat)
7. Wu ji #2 with fingers pointing down.
Sample of Taiji San ti. This is a posture used throughout the form and linear work.