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Being comfortable at “home”

December 10, 2008

I spend a lot of time teaching (showing) people how to stand.  Tai Chi,  other Martial Arts and Yoga have their own names for this, Wuji Stance,  Chi Stance, or many other names depending on your art.  I call it home.

Teaching everyday movement as an art of my own design included movements borrowed from other forms,  everyday activities, my own creations.  However, not matter the movement, it all starts from the home stance.

Why did I name it home?  Well, it is where everything starts and ends. It is a place that you need to get very comfortable with so that you can be to completely relaxed, balanced and familiar with.  Think about it.  To move in any direction; front , back, either side, or down, you need to leave home.  The better you know where home is,  the easier it is to leave, and come back to a relaxed home stance with little or no effort.

So what is this home stance?

  • Imagine a string attached to the crown of your head, gently pulling you upright as if trying to lift you to the sky  (some call this a skyhook).  
  • Your knees are slightly bent, legs shoulder width apart  (there are a number of variations to this, so this is just about the basic).
  • Your toes pointed forward.  
  • Your arms hang loosely at your sides, slightly away from your sides, elbows slightly bent.
  • Your fingers are soft, natural bends.
  • Your pelvis is tucked under, pulling your coxis under and gently tugging your lower  back downward.
  • You want to feel as though a rod, bar or line, starts at the top of your head, through your neck,  down your spine and through your pelvis direct to the flow, keeping you upright, standing tall and straight, yet relaxed.
  • You should feel your weight evenly distributed on both feet, side to side and front to back, with loose knees as though your weight flows direct to the floor.

There is more to it,  but this is the start.  It takes practice to feel relaxed in this pose as it is not natural to most people. Once learned, it allows you to stand for long periods without tiring.  You can incorporate full breath breathing,  standing movements and standing meditations.

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