Taiji Day 48: move the spine

My day got away from me a few different ways, so I’m writing this entry several hours after I did the working. It’s hard to remember exactly what happened, except that I made the effort to slow down, to pull from core muscles, and work the inner body.

When you do all this, though, you can’t help but work the spine. The ligaments and tendons that join the ribcage to the vertebrae and the neck naturally begin to twist and turn to follow the energies of the body, and then something curious happens…

The spine takes over. It directs the movements and all the other actions start to occur normally. Except it’s very different from normal. Our habit is usually to keep the spine fixed. Yet the truth is it’s very far from fixed. It’s a tool of flexibility as well as stability and strength.

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