The second part of Form 1 involves moving backwards with the footwork while still extending forwards with our arms. This embody’s a balance of opposing directions while at the same time coordinating opposite arm to leg helping us to harmonise opposing energies and actions into a fluid dynamic. The use of opposite arm-to-leg motions helps us to connect left and right side of the brain as it is the left-brain that controls the right side of the body, and the right-brain that controls the left side of the body. As we work to develop a soft fluid movement of opposite arm and leg we strengthen neural connection between both sides of the brain.
maintain a softness in the knees
glide the feet back as you step
keep you centre of gravity low so that your head remains level and doesn’t ‘bob up and down’
centre yourself with the inhale
exhale as you step backward and push the hand gently forward
keep the hand soft with the palm open
start your practice with preliminary Qigong breathing
Practice the second part of Form 1 each morning for the next 2 days so that you can learn the movement and cultivate a harmonization of mind, body and breath, before combining part A and part B. This will allow you to embody the movements in a physical and practical approach, not just learn the sequence from a theoretical or mental standpoint.