Thursday, October 10, 2013
Last night I went to Tai Chi and I carried a tiger to the mountain.
It's a bit like grasping a bird's tail, actually. In fact, once you put the tiger down, I think it morphs into a bird and in a vain attempt to rescue the situation, you reach out and grab at the tail as it's flying away.
And to make it more dramatic, it all happens in slow motion.
I am still having fun with the names of the movements. I wish I could perform them as easily as I can list them, but the foot work seems to get me every time. Oh, who am I kidding? I also have trouble with which hand is supposed to be up or down and I only get it right maybe six times out of ten. My "Brush Knee Left" looks more like "Chase Mosquito with Both Hands" by the time I finally get it figured out.
There are lots of ways to play with the names of the moves. And not all of them are intentional.
One of the new moves we learned -- one that shows the origins of Tai Chi are in martial arts -- is called "Deflect Parry Punch". A lady at the back who hadn't heard very well said, "What's that we're doing? Blackberry punch?"
We are getting more people joining the class, and I find it a bit easier to learn that way. There are many examples to imitate when we are doing the moves ourselves without the teacher guiding us. I still wish the room had mirrors.
Last night's tea was a lovely peach concoction. Normally I don't think much of herbal teas (mint or chamomile make me pull faces when I drink them), but something about taking a break in the middle of a long, difficult class and sitting around a table with other people drinking tea is very... civilized.
Somehow I can't imagine doing that in the middle of Step class.