Yesterday I found myself in the role of accidental choreographer for a mini dance company of middle schoolers, lower schoolers and kindergartners getting ready for our autumn games. So I channeled my inner Twyla Tharp a la The Creative Habit, and got to work. I didn’t do too badly. But without tai chi at all, I think I would have been lost.
The “button and zipper” technique is proving very effective at regulating my breathing during the two qi gong forms and the tai chi form. It’s helping tuck my butt under and hold my spine in the correct posture. It’s also flattening my abdomen against my spine and correcting my posture.
I can’t say today’s tai chi practice was awesome. A six or a seven against my single best performance ever, which we’ll call a ten. The challenge is that every time I have anew personal best day, I widen the scale of the possible, and change where six and seven are. So this won’t be a regular rating. Just an observation.
There’s been sort of a perpetual autumn cold going around at school, and I haven’t gotten it. A few rough snuffles maybe, but no full-on cold or fever. I’ve had three incredibly late nights in a row: finishing up grades and comments. And I credit tai chi for keeping me healthy through the cold, despite the poor sleep habits of the last few days.