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1. FAIR LADY EMBARKS ON THE BOAT 玉女上船

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Quick Links to Postures: 1 Fair Lady Embarks on the Boat | 2 Turn the Boat Around | 3 Row the Raft | 4 Dredging the River | 5 Turn the Rudder | 6 Paddling in the Narrow Stream | 7 Riding the Rapids | 8 Steadying the Boat | 9 Punting on the Calm Lake | 10 Row Backward | 11 Row Forward | 12 Guide the Boat Ashore, Right | 13 Haul in the Fish, Right | 14 Set Down the Oar, Left | 15 Guide the Boat Ashore, Left | 16 Haul in the Fish, Left | 17 Set Down the Oar, Right


1.0 READY POSTURE

Face south. This does not actually have to be the real south, as long as you treat it as south for the duration of the exercises. The feet are parallel about six to eight inches apart, toes pointing directly forward, knees slightly bent. Keep the body straight.

Hold the wand lightly with both hands with arms straight down in front of the body, the wand resting lightly against the front of your body. The right hand holds the right tip and left hand holds the left tip. These are their respective 'home' positions. The little fingers should rest against the end of the wand. Do not hold the wand tightly in a 'fist'. The arms should be straight but not stiff. [Figure 1]

Each posture will be divided into two sections; 'inhale' and 'exhale'. The instructions are divided into three parts; 'Footwork', 'Arms/Wand' and 'Torso/Head' (note--a posture may contain more than one entry if the constituent movements are not performed simultaneously).

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[Figure 1]


1.1 INHALE: PREPARE TO CAST OFF LEFT OAR

Continuing from the ready posture:

Footwork

Transfer weight to the left foot and raise the right heel, swivelling on the ball so that the right toes point south east. Place the right heel back on the ground and transfer weight to the right foot. Raise the left heel and turn on the ball of the foot so that the left toes face east, then pick up the left foot and move it back a few inches towards the right foot, the toes facing north-east and the heel pointing at the right heel. Transfer 50-50 weight to both feet.

Torso / Head

Simultaneously, turn the torso to the left to face north east. Gaze at the left hand when it reaches eye level;

Wand / Arms

Simultaneously, raise the left tip of the wand, keeping the fingers of the left hand open so that the thumb is on the underside of the wand and the fingers on top. The left palm begins face down then turns to face away from the body as the hand moves upward and to the rear left, passing behind the left shoulder. This causes the left side of the wand to move in an arc. Bend the left elbow and keep the wand close to--or touching--the body; the left tip of the wand should finish about head height. [Figure 2]

Torso / Head

Gaze at the left hand when it reaches eye level.

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[Figure 2]

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1.2 EXHALE: STEP & CAST OFF OAR

Carrying on from the previous posture:

Footwork

Transfer weight to your left leg and take a step to the south east with your right foot. The distance between the feet is about about shoulder-width. Transfer 50-50 weight to both feet.

Torso / Head

Simultaneously, return your gaze to eye level for this section.

Wand / Arms

The left tip of the wand moves downward, becoming horizontal, left tip facing north west, right tip facing south east. The right hand stays in its 'home' position and acts as a pivot and stays about shoulder-width in front of the upper chest as the left hand slides up the wand to its 'town position'--coming to rest about half way up the wand. As the left tip gets close to the floor it makes its way towards the south east as if paddling water. The left hand, in the town position at the centre of the wand, comes to rest about shoulder-width in front of the abdomen. Both arms are slightly bent. The wand is vertical at the front of the body. [Figure 3].

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[Figure 3]

Video shows Inhale-Exhale Cycle for figures 1-3.

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1.3 INHALE: PREPARE TO CAST OFF OAR

Carrying on from the previous posture:

Footwork

Transfer weight to the left foot and draw back the right foot so that both heels are next to each other, right toes still facing south east.

Torso / Head

Simultaneously, turn the trunk to face south, eyes following the right hand.

Wand / Arms

Simultaneously, the right hand moves to the right, across the upper chest, guiding the right tip of the wand towards the right side of the body, moving in an arc, rising to just above head height, right arm extended to the rear right of the body. Simultaneously, the left hand slides back to its 'home' position as it also moves closer to the body, finishing to the left side of the torso. The wand is horozontal across the chest. [Figure 4]

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[Figure 4]

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1.4 EXHALE: STEP & CAST OFF OAR

Footwork

Transfer weight to the right foot, step about shoulder-width or around 15 inches with the left foot, toes facing east. Then transfer the weight 50%-50% on both feet.

Torso / Head

Simultaneously, turn the trunk left to face east. Maintain eye-level gaze throughout this posture.

Wand / Arms

At the same time, the left hand, in its 'home' position, travels diagonally upward to the left to finish up about shoulder width in front of the upper chest / throat. The right hand slides to 'town' position, guiding the right tip of the wand down towards the ground then forward to the east as if paddling water. The wand ends up vertical in front of the centre of the body. The right hand finishes about shoulder width in front of the groin. [Figure 5].

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[Figure 5]

The next movement is performed with upper body only.

Footwork

Maintain weight 50%-50% on both feet.

Torso / Head

Turn the trunk to the left to face north. Your gaze has followed your your left hand.

Wand / Arms

Your left hand draws back to the left and upward diagonally until the left arm is extended and straight, just above head level behind the left shoulder. The right hand does not move much to the left; it keeps approximately the same height but loosens grip to allow the wand to slide to the left - as its being pulled by the left hand - coming to rest in its "home" position. The right hand is now about 6 inches in front of the groin. The angle of the left tip of the wand is about 45 degrees higher than the right. [Figure 6].

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[Figure 6]

The video shows Inhale-Exhale Cycle for figures 3-6

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1.5 INHALE: TWIST AND TURN

Footwork

Continuing from the previous posture, weight is still 50-50 on both feet. Transfer weight to the right foot, lift the left toes and swivel on the heel so that the toes face south.

Torso / Head

As you do so, turn the trunk to the right to face south-east. Return gaze to eye level. [Figure 7].

Wand / Arms

At the same time, the left tip lowers, guided by the left hand as the left arm bends and the left hand slides up to the "town" position, the tip moving down close to the ground as if paddling in water. The right hand at first acts as a pivot as the left tip sinks to prevent the right tip of the wand from moving. But then raises directly upward till the right hand is about six to eight inches in front of the forehead and the wand is vertical, close to the left side of the body. The right arm is bent, the forearm horizontal in front of the forehead; the left arm is also bent, left hand just in front of the left hip, holding the wand at "town" position.

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[Figure 7]

Footwork

Transfer weight to the left foot and lift the right heel. Swivel the ball of the right foot so that the toes face south.

Torso / Head

Maintain eye-level gaze throughout this section.

Wand / Arms

Simultaneously, the right hand guides the right tip back behind the head towards the right side, then lowers the wand, towards the right shoulder. Simultaneously the left hand at first does not move but loosens its grip to allow the wand to move through. As the left tip approaches the left hand, raise the left hand outward to the east as it slides back to the "town" position. This position finishes with the wand horizontal, resting lightly on the back of the shoulders. [Figure 8].

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[Figure 8]

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1.6 EXHALE: TURN AND ROW TO REAR

Footwork

Carrying on from the previous posture, with you weight still on the left foot, lift the right foot and place it about shoulder-width or around 15 inches from your left foot, toes facing directly west. Be careful to step a few inches to the right when you do this, so that your right leg is in line with your right hip and shoulder. Transfer weight 50-50 on both feet as you push the left heel into the ground so that the left toes turn to point south-west.

Torso / Head

Simultaneously, turn the torso to the right to face west. Maintain eye-level gaze.

Wand / Arms

As you do this, the left hand guides the left tip of the wand off the left shoulder and directly upward and to the right, past the back of the head. Simultaneously the right hand slides up to the "town" position, guiding the right tip down very close to the right side of the body. The left hand finishes about 15 inches in front of the upper chest / head, the left arm in front of the body. The right arm in the town position near the right leg; the right tip is near the floor. [Figure 9].

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[Figure 9]

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[Figure 10]

Video shows Inhale-Exhale Cycle for figures 6-10.


1.7 INHALE: RAISE THE OAR

Footwork

Continuing from the previous posture, transfer weight to the left foot.

Torso / Head

As you do so, turn trunk to the right to face north.

Wand / Arms

Acting in unison with the above, the left hand, holding the left tip, acts as pivot and is naturally drawn into the right abdomen or hip area as the right hand lifts backward and upward, slantingly, guiding the right tip up - the right arm remaining straight. The right tip rises from the floor from the rear to a vertical position. By this time the right hand has slid back to the 'home' position. The left hand holds the left tip near the groin, the right hand is straight up and vertical. The wand is vertical and close to the right rib cage. Gaze up at your right hand. [Figure 11].

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[Figure 11]

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1.8 EXHALE: RETURN TO HOME POSITION

Footwork

Carrying on from the previous posture, swivel on the right heel and turn right toes to face south. Transfer weight to the right foot, lift the left heel and Swivel on the ball of the foot so that the toes are also facing south.

Torso / Head

While doing so, turn the trunk to face south-west, returning gaze to eye level, then turn to face south.

Wand / Arms

At the same time, the left hand travels horizontally to the left side of the body, across the abdomen, the right hand lowers the right tip. The wand ends up horizontal, back in the beginning position resting against the groin. [Figure 12].

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[Figure 12]

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Video shows Inhale-Exhale Cycle for figures 11-12.


1.9 INHALE: PREPARE TO CAST OFF OAR

Footwork

Continuing from the ready posture, transfer weight to the right foot, raise the left heel off the ground and swivel on the ball so that the left toes point south west. Place the left heel back on the ground and transfer weight to the left foot. Raise the right heel and turn on the ball of the foot to the right so that the toes face west, then pick up the foot and move it a few inches back, bringing it to the ground so that the toes face north-west and the heel points at the left heel. Transfer 50-50 weight to both feet.

Torso / Head

Simultaneously, turn the torso to the right to face north west.

Wand / Arms

Raise the right tip of the wand, keeping the fingers of the right hand open so that the thumb is on the underside of the wand and the fingers are on top, palm starts the movement face down then turns to face away from the body as the hand continues to move upward and to the right rear, passing behind the right shoulder. This causes the right side of the wand to move in an arc. Bend the right elbow. Gaze at the right hand as the trunk turns north west. As you move the wand back to the right, keep it very close to--or touching--the body; the right tip of the wand should finish a little higher than your head. [Figure 13]

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[Figure 13]

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1.10 EXHALE: STEP & CAST OFF OAR

Carrying on from the previous posture, transfer weight to your right leg and take a step to the south east with your left foot. The distance between the feet is about about shoulder-width or around 15 inches. Transfer 50-50 weight to both feet. As you do this, return your gaze to eye level as you lower the right tip behind the right side of the body. The wand becomes horizontal, right tip facing north east, left tip facing south west. Eyes gaze ahead. At the same time, turn the trunk to the left to face south west. Maintain eye-level gaze for this section. Simultaneously, the left hand, in the home position, acts as a pivot for the right side of the wand and stays about 15 inches in front of the upper chest as the right hand slides up the wand to its town position, coming to rest about half way up the wand. As the right tip gets close to the floor it makes its way towards the south west as if paddling water. The right hand, in the town position at the centre of the wand, comes to rest about 15 inches in front of the abdomen. Both arms are slightly bent. The wand is vertical at this point, in line with the centre of the body. Both palms are facing away from the body, fingers curled in to lightly grasp the wand. [Figure 14].

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[Figure 14]

Video shows Inhale-Exhale Cycle for figures 12-14.

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1.11 INHALE: PREPARE TO CAST OFF OAR

Continuing from the previous posture, transfer weight to the right foot and draw back the left foot so that both heels are next to each other, left toes still facing south west. At the same time, turn the trunk to face south, eyes follow the left hand. [Figure 15]. As you do so, the left hand moves to the left, guiding the left tip of the wand towards upper chest, moving in an arc towards the left side of the body, rising to just above head height till it comes to rest just above head height, left arm fully extended out to the rear left of the body. Simultaneously, the right hand slides back to the right home position as it also moves closer to the body, finishing up about 6 - 8 inches in front of the right side of the stomach. The wand ends up across the chest, left tip about 45 degrees higher than the right tip. [Figure 15]

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[Figure 15]

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1.12 EXHALE: STEP & CAST OFF RIGHT OAR

Carrying on from the previous posture, transfer weight to the left foot, step about shoulder-width or around 15 inches with the right foot, toes facing west. Then transfer the weight 50%-50% on both feet. Simultaneously, turn the trunk right to face west and maintain eye-level gaze. At the same time, the right hand, in its "home" position travels diagonally upward to the right to finish up about 12 inches in front of the upper chest / throat. The right hand slides to its "town" position, guiding the left tip of the wand down towards the ground at first then to the west as if paddling water. The wand ends up vertical in front of the centre of the body. The left hand finishes about 8 - 12 inches in front of the groin. Both arms a little bent. Maintain eye-level gaze throughout this posture. [Figure 16].

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[Figure 16]

The next movement is performed with upper body only. Maintain weight 50%-50% on both feet. Turn the trunk to the right to face north. Your gaze has followed your your right hand as it draws back to the right and upward diagonally until the right arm is extended and straight, just above head level behind the right shoulder. The left hand does not move much to the right; it keeps approximately the same height but loosens grip to allow the wand to slide to the right as its being pulled by the right hand, coming to rest at left 'home'. The left hand is now about 6 inches in front of the groin. The angle of the right tip of the wand is about 45 degrees higher than the left. [Figure 17].

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[Figure 17]

Video shows Inhale-Exhale Cycle for figures 14-17

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1.13 INHALE: TWIST AND TURN

Continuing from the previous posture, weight is still 50-50 on both feet. Transfer weight to the left foot, lift the right toes and swivel on the heel so that the toes face west. As you do so, turn the trunk to the left to face south-west. Return gaze to eye level. At the same time, the right tip lowers, guided by the right hand as the right arm bends and the right hand slides up to the "town" position, the tip moving down close to the ground as if paddling in water. The left hand at first acts as a pivot as the right tip sinks to prevent the left tip of the wand from moving but then raises directly upward till the left hand is about six to eight inches in front of the forehead and the wand is vertical, close to the right side of the body. The left arm is bent, the forearm horizontal in front of the forehead; the right arm is also bent, right hand just in front of the right hip, holding the wand at "town" position. Maintain eye-level gaze towards south-east. [Figure 18].

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[Figure 18]

Transfer weight to the right foot and lift the left heel. Swivel the ball of the left foot so that the toes face south. Maintain eye-level gaze throughout this section. Simultaneously, the left hand guides the left tip back behind the head towards the left side, then lowers the wand, towards the left shoulder. Simultaneously the right hand at first does not move but loosens its grip to allow the wand to move through. As the right tip approaches the left hand, raise the right hand outward to the west as it slides back to the 'town' position. This position finishes with the wand horizontal, resting lightly on the back of the shoulders. [Figure 19].

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[Figure 19]

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1.14 EXHALE: TURN AND ROW TO REAR

Carrying on from the previous posture, with you weight still on the right foot, lift the left foot and place it directly ahead about shoulder-width or around 15 inches from your right foot, toes facing directly east. Be careful to step a few inches to the left when you do this, so that your left leg is in line with your left hip and shoulder. Transfer weight 50-50 on both feet as you push the right heel into the ground so that the right toes turn to point south-west. Simultaneously, turn the torso to the left to face east. Maintain eye-level gaze.
As you do this, the right hand guides the right tip of the wand off the right shoulder and directly upward and to the left, past the back of the head. Simultaneously the left hand slides up to the "town" position, guiding the left tip down very close to the left side of the body. The right hand finishes about 15 inches in front of the left chest, the right arm horizontally across the chest. The left arm is straight, left hand just behind the left leg; the left tip is near the floor. [Figure 20].

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[Figure 20]

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[Figure 21]

Video shows Inhale-Exhale Cycle for figures 17-21


1.15 INHALE: RAISE THE OAR

Continuing from the previous posture, transfer weight to the right foot. As you do so, turn trunk to the left to face north. Acting in unison with the above, the right hand, holding the right tip, acts as pivot and is naturally drawn into the left abdomen or hip area as the left hand lifts backward and upward, slantingly, guiding the left tip up - the arm remaining straight. The left tip rises from the floor from the rear to a vertical position. By this time the left hand has slid back to the 'home' position. The right hand holds the right tip near the groin, the left hand is straight up and vertical. The wand is vertical and close to the left rib cage. Gaze up at your left hand. [Figure 22].

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[Figure 22]

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1.16 EXHALE: RETURN TO HOME POSITION

Carrying on from the previous posture, swivel on the left heel and turn left toes to face south. Transfer weight to the left foot, lift the right heel and Swivel on the ball of the foot so that the toes are also facing south. While doing so, turn the trunk to face south-east, returning gaze to eye level, then turn to face south. At the same time, the right hand travels horizontally to the right side of the body, across the abdomen, the left hand lowers the left tip. The wand ends up horizontal, back in the beginning position resting against the groin. [Figure 12].

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[Figure 23]

Video shows Inhale-Exhale Cycle for figures 21-23.


WHOLE POSTURE: FIGURES 1-23


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