It was so pleasant this morning at 6am, we went outside for our weekly qigong practice. Not so weekly for me, as I have missed the last several weeks. Never mind, it’s good to get back into the practice. Swimming Dragon, Heaven and Earth, Crane.
Crane is a beautiful form to do, especially outdoors. It seems more meaningful that way, breathing in the morning air, balancing on one leg, feet gripping the soft earth.
To do Crane justice, you have to move with your whole body, not just flap your arms. I watch my sifu out of the corner of my eye and see how he moves. His motions are fluid and all-encompassing, but not exaggerated. As if he were breathing with his entire body. Something to aspire to.
aspire c.1460, from O.Fr. aspirer “aspire to, inspire,” from L. aspirare “to breathe upon,” also “to seek to reach,” from ad- “to” + spirare “to breathe”.