Yilu note

by Khamserk on 2010/06/30

I have started to be more conscious of remaining totally upright during Yilu.  At the fulltime session we do far more Yilu per day than I would normally do at home and I get quite tired.  I’ve noticed that as I become more tired I find my self looking at the ground as a result of slouching.  When I am bent over like this my mass leans in the direction of movement and stepping begins to have a lunging quality to it.

I have begun to fix this by taking a moment before beginning each Yilu to ensure that my posture is correct (buttocks tucked, head upright, lower back pushed outward, weight sunk into heels).  I believe that when these details are taken care of I feel almost as if I am leaning backwards a little, which is probably because I am so used to leaning forward.

The next thing I do is to try to maintain this sensation while stepping, which requires that my stepping foot is completely empty until it has landed and I am in position to intentionally put weight on it as opposed to immediately putting my weight to regain balance after lunging.    Once the foot has landed I can transfer the weight and sink into that foot which requires an opening of the crotch area, in a way which I cannot yet explain, until the front foot is solid and I can step forward freely without my body lunging forward.

About Khamserk

Edmonton Instructor for the Practical Method Academy. Kham Serk studied with Master Chen Zhonghua at the age 15 and thorough many full time courses and other learning methods, became a disciple in 2012 on Daqingshan in China.

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