In between Chair Chi workshops I dropped into Fountain Gate shopping centre to have a cappucchino.
I drove into the car park, got out and opened my car boot to get a book to read during my break. As I lifted the door up I realised I was double weighted.
My weight was on my right leg and I used my right hand to lift the door. A couple of days later when I lifted the car boot door I made sure my weight was on my left leg as I lifted the door with my right hand.
So what’s this got to do with Tai Chi? Everything.
Themes such as double weightedness, substantial and insubstantial, Yin Yang are not only important to understand; they are also critical to practising good Tai Chi. Once the body feels and understands these concepts then one can advance to the next level.
And one of the best ways of practicing and reinforcing these concepts is to do them during everyday activities.
Such as opening your car boot door!