By careful breathing, I made my morning tai chi last 30 minutes this morning. OK, 28 minutes… but who’s counting? Among other things, Snake Creeps Down must be broken into three separate motions — the sink, the sweep, and the rise. Otherwise it’s impossible to do slowly. The kicks need to be broken into the thigh-lift, the kick, the return, and the drop. I’ll have to work on adding fluidity to these motions, but I now know exactly how fast or slow to go to make the whole series work for its designated time. I wound up sweating lightly during the set, and the chi was flowing quite successfully. I’m definitely stronger for the workout and stretch every morning, and I think I’ve also boosted my immune system. Normally by this time of the year I’ve gotten every cold and flu to come down the pike. Instead I’m in great shape, and getting better. By the end of school, I should have not quite 200 days under my belt.
Several of my colleagues have asked me to do a tai chi set with them on the patio outside the dining hall during lunch this spring. I’d like to do that, but we’ll see if we can get away with it. January 17 will mark 50 days of tai chi. Now I just have to get there.