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8. STEADYING THE BOAT 稳住船

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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


8.1 INHALE: PREPARE TO STEADY THE BOAT LEFT

Torso / Head

Turn the body to the left to face south.

Wand / Arms

With the wand still resting against your buttocks at the rear of your body, lift the right tip directly up, rising to about head height. Keep the left hand, holding the left tip, low and the left arm straight, close by the left upper thighs / buttocks. [Figure 66].

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[Figure 66] 

8.2 EXHALE: STEADY THE BOAT LEFT

Part I

Footwork

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

Torso / Head

Turn your body to the left to face east.

Wand / Arms

The right hand passes above the head then moves to the left--close to/touching the back--to about 30 degrees to the left side of the body.

Part II

Torso / Head

The the trunk faces east as you bend to the left a little.

Wand / Arms

The right arm is straight and so is the left arm, holding holds the left tip just behind the buttocks. [Figure 67].

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[Figure 67] 

8.3 INHALE: PREPARE TO STEADY THE BOAT RIGHT

Footwork

Transfer weight to the right foot then step with the left foot to place it back next to the right foot, parallel, both feet still facing south, then place 50% weight on both feet.

Torso / Head

Transfer the gaze to eye level as you straighten the torso and turn to the right to face south again.

Wand / Arms

Guide the right tip back to the right, behind and above the head, the down to the right side until the length of the wand is resting on the buttocks again, both arms extended straight. [Figure 68].

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[Figure 68] 

8.4 EXHALE: STEADY THE BOAT LEFT

Part II

Footwork

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

Torso / Head

Keep gazing at the left hand and turn your body to the right to face west.

Wand / Arms

The left hand passes above the head to the right--close to/touching the back--to about 30 degrees to the right side of the body.

Part II

Torso / Head

Bend to the right a little.

Wand / Arms

The left arm is straight and so is the right arm, holding holds the right tip just behind the buttocks. [Figure 69].

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[Figure 69] 

8.5 INHALE: PREPARE TO RETURN TO REAR HOME

Footwork

Transfer weight to the left foot then step with right foot to place it back next to the left foot, parallel, toes still facing south, then 50-50 weight on both feet.

Torso / Head

Return gaze to eye-level. Straighten torso and turn it south.

Wand / Arms

Bring the left tip back close to the body almost vertical. The shaft of the wand lays against the back of the body. [Figure 70].

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[Figure 70] 

8.6 EXHALE:RETURN TO REAR HOME POSITION

Wand / Arms

Guide the left tip to the left, behind the head, then down till the shaft of the wand is resting horizontally against the body, usually the buttocks, both arms extended straight. This is the rear home position. [Figure 71].

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[Figure 71] 

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[Figure 72] 

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[Figure 73] 


WHOLE POSTURE: FIGURES 65-73


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