- Solidify all of the fundamental connections of the physical body.
- Engage fascial and deep stretching.
- Open up meridian lines and qi flow.
- Focus the mind’s intent to develop more advanced internal-energetic techniques.
The Yang style is an excellent container for the first 12 nei gong* which, when embodied, are more than sufficient for most people’s health needs and reasons for training tai chi. This is why the Yang style is the most popular form of tai chi for both beginners and experienced stylists alike.
* Although the Yang style can contain all 16 nei gong.
The Specialties of the Yang Style
The form my instructor assistants and I teach descends from Yang Cheng Fu, in line with the traditional Yang family, which emphasises:
- Form – the sequence of moves that open the outer muscular frame and releases surface-level and deeper tensions from your body, making possible fluid, whole-body motion.
- Nei gong — internal, energetic techniques primarily responsible for tai chi’s healing benefits and power generation.
- Cultivating sung — deep relaxation while remaining open and upright, which develops tai chi’s application of softness.
- Traditional training philosophy and methodology — fundamentals that guide and enable the dedicated practitioner to achieve the full potential of what the art form known as “tai chi” can offer.
Our form is crisp, precise, fluid, alive, and derived from deep, internal development for health, healing and meditation.
How We Teach the Yang Style
Due to the cyclical nature of tai chi training, internal techniques are taught and weaved into instruction on basic choreography. The deeper meanings to perennial texts, such as the Tai Chi Classics, can only be understood by direct perception through diligent practice. So, as you learn or review form movements, you layer in nei gong threads to further embodiment and integration of your form.