I hope your new year is moving forward smoothly and exceeding your expectations.
Class is starting up Monday February 16th at 6:00 PM. This is the beginners Monday and Wednesday class.
This year I am also starting a Saturday morning workout class. It will be from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM and will be a workout for all levels. The class starts February 21, 2015. The rate will be $10 a class.
Warm regards and I will look forward to seeing you all in 2015
Below is an article by my teacher Martin Inn on “How Fast Should You Do The Single Movements?”
How Fast Should You Do The Single Movements?
This is a question that is often asked from beginners who are not sensitive to their internal world. They just learn the movements and follow the speed set by their teacher. However for the beginner,this may not be the correct speed of doing the form according to their stage of development.
When I first leaned the form, I noticed that I was doing the form a lot faster than my teacher. As I watched my teacher do the form, it seemed like his shirt was rippling whereas my movements did not have this kind of flavor. I realized the difference was that my teacher had a lot more changes in his movements than me, and that is why he would take a longer time to execute the form.
Through the years of practice, and the cultivation of greater relaxation, my movements began to take on the flavor of my teacher and his changes. Not only did it take longer for me, I had to simultaneously pay attention to more parts of my body as I executed the form.
So what determines the speed of doing the form?
At one time, I thought that the slower I did the movements, the more I got out of it. However I discovered that by doing it too slowly it caused stagnation.
On the other the hand, doing it too fast did not allow the body to relax and just promoted more muscular tension. Then I thought that the breath would be the central factor in determining the speed of execution. One would coordinate the inhalation and exhalation with the movements. This concept is not incorrect however it didn’t go deep enough. On the inner energetic level, the speed of the movements should depend on the rising and sinking of the Qi.
What governs the timing of the shift of weight from one leg to the other is the sinking of the Qi into the feet.
As the Qi rises, the weight can begin to shift from the substantial leg on to the insubstantial leg. If the Qi has not reached to the bottom of the substantial leg and the practitioner begins to prematurely shift the weight, the movement becomes uncoordinated and external. This is the lack of coordination of the internal and the external and can result in being double weighted. So the cadence of the single movements should depend on the rising and sinking of the Qi.
This is also matched by the inhalation and exhalation of the breath. The rising of the Qi is more easily achieved by an inhalation and the sinking of the Qi an exhalation. This is also matched by the rise and sink of the external body in the movements.
In the beginning, the student is taught that the form should be executed so that the body moves on one level plane. However, as the practitioner develops more of the internal, he begins to feel that the body naturally rises and sinks with the inhalation and exhalation of the breath, and it also naturally matches the rising and sinking of the Qi in the internal body. The more practiced the student becomes the deeper the Qi sinks and the more changes he has in the movements. When your Qi sinks into the feet, you will also develop root. This requires years of dedicated practice. The 37 movements short form should take about 8 minutes to execute.