Here are a couple of Tai Chi tips on stance work that will help you avoid knee and ankle problems.
1. Make sure your knees don’t collapse inwardly
2. Avoid rolling your feet outwardly
These two common faults occur because of tiredness and lack of concentration. And also when a Tai Chi practitioner, particularly a beginner, adjust their position incorrectly to ease that ‘burning sensation’ (workout) in their thighs which occurs after a period of time of standing.
If you do notice your knees collapsing inwardly make sure when you move them back into position that your feet don’t roll outwardly – the feet should stay connected evenly to the ground.
When I practice my ’embrace the tree’ posture (stance work) I’m always monitoring to see if my knees or feet have moved out of position.
There are many other points to focus on in stance work but knees and feet are perhaps the most important.
Stance work is a lot more than just standing around and waiting until your time is up.