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7. RIDING THE RAPIDS 乘坐急流

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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


7.1 INHALE: PREPARE TO TURN INTO POSITION

Part I

Footwork

Transfer weight to the left foot and sit back onto the left foot. Swivel on right heel and turn the right foot to face south.

Torso / Head

Turn the torso to the left to face south.

Wand / Arms

Simultaneously guide the left tip up with the left hand, the wand at vertical position at the right side of the body. The left arm is almost above your head, the right hand holding the right tip next to the right thigh / hip. The wand is resting vertically against the right side of your body. 

Part II

Footwork

Transfer weight to the right leg, lift the left heel and swivel on ball of the left foot so that left toes are facing directly south, both feet now facing south about 6 inches apart. Weight 50%-50% on both feet. [Figure 56].

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[Figure 56] 

7.2 EXHALE: TURN INTO POSITION

Torso / Head

Guide the left tip over and behind your head to the left. The left tip travels down, close to or touching the back, to come to rest so that the shaft lays against your body--depending on the length of your arms the wand will rest on the upper thighs or buttocks. Both arms are straight and extended fully, holding--balancing--both ends of the wand between thumb and forefinger, with palms open. [Figure 57].

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[Figure 57] 

Video shows Inhale-Exhale Cycle for figures 56-57

Step Left

7.3 INHALE: PREPARE TO STEP LEFT AND ROW LEFT

Footwork

Transfer weight to the right foot and take a shoulder-width step to the left with the left foot, toes still facing forwards. Then transfer weight 50% to both feet.

Torso / Head

Simultaneously, turn the trunk to face the left, east.

Wand / Arms

Raise the right tip of the wand with the right hand, behind the body and head, until it is vertical, resting against the rear of the left shoulder and left upper arm. The left hand stays down by the side of the left thigh / hip, left arm straight. [Figure 58].

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[Figure 58] 

7.4 EXHALE: STEP LEFT AND ROW LEFT

Footwork

Transfer weight to the left foot and move the right foot up next to the left, parallel, then transfer 50% weight to both feet.

Torso / Head

Turn the trunk to the right to face south

Wand / Arms

Keep the left tip low and the left arm straight, close to the body. Guid the right tip down around the head in front of the body from left to right. Both arms finish straight, the wand resting across the groin in front of the body similar to the home position. [Figure 59].

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[Figure 59] 

Video shows Inhale-Exhale Cycle for figures 57-59

7.5 INHALE: PREPARE TO STEP LEFT AND ROW RIGHT

Footwork

Transfer weight to the right foot and take a shoulder-width step with the left foot, toes still facing forwards, then place 50% weight on both feet.

Torso / Head

Turn trunk to the right to face the west.

Wand / Arms

The left hand raises the left tip to the right across the body until it is vertical, resting against the right shoulder and upper arm. The right hand stays down by the side of the right thigh / hip, right arm straight. [Figure 60].

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[Figure 60] 

7.6 EXHALE: STEP LEFT AND ROW RIGHT

Footwork

Transfer weight to the left foot and move the right foot up next to the left, parallel, then transfer 50% weight to both feet.

Torso / Head

Turn the body to the left to face south.

Wand / Arms

Guide the left tip down, behind your head and back to come to rest against the upper buttocks. Both arms become straight and extended fully, holding--balancing--both ends of the wand between thumb and forefinger, with the palms open. [Figure 61].

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[Figure 61] 

Video shows Inhale-Exhale Cycle for figures 59-61

Step Right

7.7 INHALE: PREPARE TO STEP RIGHT AND ROW RIGHT

Footwork

Transfer weight to the left foot, then place the right foot shoulder-width distance to the right, toes still facing forwards, with 50% weight on both feet.

Torso / Head

Simultaneously turn the trunk to the right to face west.

Wand / Arms

Raise the left tip up with the left hand, behind the body and head, until it is vertical, resting against the right shoulder and upper arm. The right hand stays down by the side of the right thigh / hip, right arm straight. [Figure 62].

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[Figure 62] 

7.8 EXHALE: STEP RIGHT AND ROW RIGHT

Footwork

Transfer weight to the right foot, left foot steps up next to the right foot, parallel, with 50% weight on both feet.

Torso / Head

Turn the body to the left to face south.

Wand / Arms

Keep the right tip low and the right arm straight. While guiding the left tip down in front of the body from right to left. Both arms become straight, the wand resting across the groin in front of the body, similar to the home position. [Figure 63].

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[Figure 63] 

Video shows Inhale-Exhale Cycle for figures 61-63

7.9 INHALE: PREPARE TO STEP RIGHT AND ROW LEFT

Footwork

Transfer weight to the left foot and take a shoulder-width step with the right foot, toes still facing forwards,then place 50% weight on both feet.

Torso / Head

Turn trunk to the left to face east.

Wand / Arms

Raise the right tip to the left in front of the body until it is vertical, resting against the left shoulder and upper arm. The left hand stays down by the side of the left thigh / hip, left arm straight. [Figure 64].

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[Figure 64] 

7.10 EXHALE: STEP RIGHT AND ROW LEFT

Footwork

Transfer weight to the right foot, left foot steps up next to the right, parallel, with 50% weight on both feet.

Torso / Head

Turn the body to the right to face south.

Wand / Arms

Guide the right tip down, behind your head and back to come to rest against the upper buttocks. Both arms become straight and extended fully, holding--balancing--both ends of the wand between thumb and forefinger, with the palms open. [Figure 65].

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[Figure 65] 

Video shows Inhale-Exhale Cycle for figures 63-65


WHOLE POSTURE: FIGURES 59-65

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