THE LONG FORM
After learning the Short Form, we move on to study Yang Chengfu's traditional Long Form where more subtle aspects of T'ai Chi are investigated. Principles introduced in the Short Form are revised and expanded, greater emphasis is placed on quietening down the stirring mind and listening to energy. Students are encouraged to make all of their movements softer, more circular and expansive, by letting go of tension, throwing open the joints and rounding out their postures. Applications of the postures of the form are examined in greater detail. Familiarity with sinking and relaxing grows, the chi becomes stronger and more settled, stillness within movement gradually transforms the practice.