The moves are generally done in repetitions of 3 for most of the sideways moves or 9 for those that go forward and backward plus for 2 of the sideways moves.
They are essentially done with the waist and wrists while the rest of the body flows with the movement and adjusts accordingly, the spine remaining straight the whole time and the gaze soft and forward.
While the moves are most often done standing, there is also a seated form, designed for those with physical challenges, including students in wheelchairs.
- Rocking Motion
- Bird Flaps its Wings
- Around the Platter
- Around the Platter Variation
- Bass Drum
- Daughter on the Mountain Top
- Daughter in the Valley
- Carry the Ball to the Side
- Push Pull
- Pulling in the Energy
- Basic Pulling Taffy
- Anchor Taffy Variation
- Wrist Circle Taffy
- Perpetual Motion Taffy
- Working the Pulley
- Light at the Top of the Head
Light at the Temple
- Joyous Breath
- Passing Clouds
- Six Healing Sounds
- Cosmic Consciousness Pose
~~~ The following is a list of resources available from Justin Stone,
the Originator of T’ai Chi Chih ~~~
which you may enjoy and find helpful as a support for your practice,
as well as other T’ai Chi Chih related links.
NOTE: See additional updated posting at end of NEWS page, posted as of May 20, 2020
- Links to many video clips and other teachings of Justin Stone, the originator of T’ai Chi Chih, speaking about and teaching T’ai Chi Chih can be found on the official T’ai Chi Chih web site under the Instructional Materials heading at https://justinstonetcc.com/videos/ and others can also be found elsewhere on You Tube.
- A variety of other support material is available in the form of an official Photo Text by Justin, official teaching DVDs for T’ai Chi Chih and its advanced form which is called Seijaku, a DVD of the seated form of T’ai Chi Chih, a PBS DVD of 13 interviews with Justin done by Carmen Brocklehurst who is an accredited teacher and a student of Justin’s in Albuquerque, an audio CD called “Justin Speaks” and a variety of other printed publications by Justin. These can be found at https://justinstonetcc.com/ under the Materials menu for purchase, including as digital copies for download.
Justin’s Photo Text and DVDs and the DVD of the seated form I have available for purchase. Many of the above materials I also have available as part of a Lending Library for students/teachers. After browsing the Lending Library copies, students/teachers often decide to purchase their own copies.
Many of these are also available for ordering on-line.
My personal recording of a T’ai Chi Chih full guided teaching/practice session
Click here to practice along with me … or simply sit and watch and visualize doing the practice with me … or a mix of both, always making any personal modifications as you feel appropriate according to your needs. The video is 72 minutes. You can start and stop as you choose or scroll back and forth to particular moves. All of these movements can also be done seated. A “Seated T’ai Chi Chih” DVD is also available, as noted above.
Click here to en-JOY my personal recording of a 47 minute “silent” practice in which I simply say the name of the next move as we go along, and then “last one” or “one more” as we bring each movement to what we call our “graceful conclusion”.
*** I anticipate recording a personal video doing a seated T’ai Chi Chih practice, likely a mix of teaching and practice, in the next while. Will post the link here when available.
~~~Links for practice/teaching videos with other teachers~~~
*** Two lovely outdoor follow-along practices with Chris Norkus, a T’ai Chi Chih teacher friend from North Carolina.
Chris passed away a couple of years ago and these videos are part of the legacy he has left us. His original website was initially taken off-line when he passed away and was partially reloaded in 2020. The 2 videos are definitely gems I think you will enJOY and find really helpful. Deeply grateful to have them available again and to be able to share them with you. Chris certainly embodies the softness and the sense of flowing and floating that are the essence of T’ai Chi Chih.
*** Click here for a wonderful web site done by T’ai Chi Chih teacher, Amy Tyksinski.
Her site includes an amazing set of teaching and practice videos for each of the moves as well as a full practice video.