Here are 2 tips to help you improve your Tai Chi
The first tip to improve your Tai Chi practice is to try and relax a bit more when practicing. I know that every Tai Chi teacher you have had in the past has told you the same thing but maybe they haven’t explained to you exactly how to relax.
Try this experiment. Lie directly on the ground face up. Then ask a friend to help you up. You will find that they will easily be able to help you to your feet.
Next try laying down again but this time your friend will have to pick you up like a sack of potatoes. You will act as if you are unconscious and they have to get you to your bed.
They will have an extremely difficult task in front of them. They will no be able to move you by themselves.
The major difference between experiment 1 and experiment 2 is relaxation. You want to have the same feeling of being heavy and being a dead weight when you are in your tai chi stance. Use the slinking technique described in the video to help you get this feeling.
The second tip to improve your Tai Chi is to relax your hands. You want o have MINIMAL power in the muscles of your hands. A drill I give my students is to freeze their hand in a very relaxed position then try and write their name out in the air while holding this minimal power position. Pretend that your index finger is a pen and and start to draw out the letters in cursive. This exercise is very similar to the way you want o play the Tai Chi movements.