The Stork is Aroused

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Sequence 9: The Stork is Aroused

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27. Crane Stance

(Hao Shih)
Move your body back so that you transfer all your weight on to your right leg, and as you do so raise your left leg into the air, keeping your left toes raised. When your leg stops moving upward, let your left toes dip downward. At the same time swing your right arm down, back, and up on the outside of your right shoulder, with your right palm still facing forward. The left hand makes a very small arc, downwards and back to a position in front of the right shoulder, with the palm facing down.

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28. Dog Stance

(Kou Shih)
Extend your left leg, and as you do so pull your left toes back. Raise the leg to at least the height of your right knee, then drop your left toes forward. At the same time allow your arms to open, and let your right arm make a very small arc downwards then out to your right until it is level with your shoulders, with the fingers pointing to the right. Your left arm will make a bigger arc downwards and forwards to a position just outside your left leg, but still on a level with your shoulders. The fingers of the left hand should point forward.

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29. Monkey Stance

(Hou Shih)
Lower your left foot straight down to the floor, then raise the toes. Now bring both arms inward to the centre line of the body, and as soon as they are parallel with each other, droop the hands and rotate the wrists so your palms face upward. Now move both hands outward and circle them inward, bending the elbow a little more, until both hands stop in front of the chest with the palms facing forward.

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30. Dragon Stance

(Lung Shih)
Step forward a short pace with your left foot, bending your left knee, and place most of your body weight on to your left leg, straightening your right leg. At the same time push gently forward with your open palms until you can straighten your arms, which should be on a level with your shoulders.

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The Chinese Art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan

by Chee Soo

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