While waiting for Ren to provide some tips, here are excerpts translated from Chen
Xiao-Wang's book on Chen Style Taijiquan. Some of the tips are very familiar. The question,
of course, remains: Are you observing these points in practice?
Yu Bei Shi: Preparatory Posture
From Chen Xiao-Wang's Chen Style Taijiquan: Family Transmission.
Translation by David Ho
- The upper body should be upright, but the chest should not stick out.
- The head should be straight, as if a light object has been placed
on top of the head and you're trying to prevent it from falling off.
- Lips lightly closed, teeth barely touching, chin slightly tucked in.
- Relax the shoulders, but don't consciously try to sink them.
- Chest muscles should be relaxed, the shape is neither concave nor convex.
- Relax your waist and let it sink down naturally. This section of the spine
curves naturally forward and downward, just relax and retain this shape, and
the qi will sink down naturally.
- Knee should be bent, kua (pelvic region) should be relaxed, straight, and centered.
The requirements listed above applies not just to this posture but also to every movement throughout the routine.