Tai Chi teaches us to “move like the animals.” In this case, an egret! Notice the head is held high and back, the neck is vertical, the movement is calm and deliberate, the legs move with seemingly no effort but are rooted in the sand beneath the water. Enjoy the video below!
(Video taken by Kirk Talbott.)
T’ai Chi for Kids Move Like the Animals by Stuart Alve Olson is an enchanting book for children, grandchildren, and all ages. The images illustrate the names of eight common T’ai Chi poses and help in learning the form. On the cover is “White Crane Cools its Wings.”
From the author:
“I probably should have titled the book, Tai Chi for Kids (of All Ages), as many older Tai Chi adherents have made similar comments as yours. I think why that is, is because the book is about “play,” most Tai Ji Quan books (my other books included) have a more serious approach by exploring the deeper aspects of Tai Ji Quan, but Tai Chi for Kids was written and approached purely from a playful standpoint. Kids play, it is how they learn to interact with others and use their imagination, which if you think about it, is the core of Tai Ji Quan practice. ”
–Stuart Alve Olson Valley Spirit Arts