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 <​title>​Setting Postures</​title>​ <​title>​Setting Postures</​title>​
-Setting postures refers to the practice of setting a move. This is a similar concept to watching liquid jello congeal. It fits exactly ​the shape of the mold with no internal inconsistencies.+Setting postures refers to the practice of correcting ​the moves of the Tai Chi form by extending the concept of [[Settling]],​ using guidance from your instructor.
-With regards to Taijiquan, here is the basic ideaChoose some posture from the form; it does not matter which posture, however the easiest postures ​will be about middle ​to upper stance-height and balanced on either one or both legs. End postures of a move such as single whip are the best ones to choose if you had to make choice. Next, use that posture ​for standing meditation. As a rough guideline ​you should get obvious results after holding this posture for one hour per day for three to four months. Start at 1 minute and add a minute or two each day.+Your instructor ​is a valuable resource who can save you weeks and months of time by guiding you in the setting processHe will do this by making minute adjustments ​to your form as you stand in a posture ​and you must rigorously attend to those adjustments until they become natural to your posture for that move. Basically any kind of adjustment that your instructor does will contribute ​to the setting process.
-Actually, you should get results before that. But I think that if you held the posture for up to an hour for several weeks on end you could not avoid getting some good results. +Also see [[Settling]].
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-Your instructor is a valuable resource who can save you weeks and months of time by guiding you in the setting process. He will do this by making minute adjustments to your form as you stand and you must rigorously attend to those adjustments until they become natural to your posture for that move. This can be an extremely difficult process because by it's nature, new positions will feel less comfortable than the apparently comfortable way you had been standing eariler. Nevertheless,​ the new posture will invariably be better than the previous one, and the uncomfortable feelings you get when adjusted, whatever they may turn up as for you (tiredness, weakness, shaking or burning muscles, etc) the new posture will invariably be better than the one you have. Often you will notice that the new posture you have been adjusted into is something that you "would have" figured out on your own, but only after weeks and months of trying to set the posture yourself without a teacher by doing standing meditation in the tai chi postures. This is why it is so important to get a good teacher; Ten years is already such a large amount of time, do yourself a favor and don't let it take 20 years. +
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-== Settling +
-Another method of setting the postures which is not as intensive as above is called ​[[settling]]. At the end point of each Tai Chi move you can //settle// into the movement. Your teacher can advise you on this but it is essentially a demonstration of what you have been doing in the above standing meditation. When great masters apparently pause during a form, it is not just for pictures, it is to demonstrate their ability to set the form. Secondly, they appear to pause due to the great settlement of their form, which has dragged the motion of the form in-line with the set posture. You should respect great levels of skill like this even if only for the hard work and dedication that went into acquiring them.+
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taiji/setting_postures.txt · Last modified: 2017/04/14 21:01 by serena