How to Perform a Repulse the Monkey Movement in Tai Chi

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Here's a good way to calm the entire nervous system: Perform a repulse the monkey movement in tai chi.

Place your left foot in front of your body, resting your foot on the toes.

Keep your right foot about a foot-and-a-half behind.

Bend both knees and turn your torso slightly to the right.

Push your left and right hands in front of your body, palms out. Your left hand will be extended further than the right.

Circle your right hand down and back past your torso. Bring it up and press it palm forward past your right ear.

Step back with your left foot, placing toes first and then the heel. Turn your left hand palm up.

Shift your weight back on your left leg and press forward with your right palm. Withdraw your left hand with the palm up. Circle it down and back.

Step back with your right foot and circle your left hand up and press it palm forward past your left ear.

Withdraw your right hand palm up as your left palm comes forward. Circle your right hand downward and back and shift your weight to your right leg.

Step back with your left foot and circle your right hand up and press it palm forward past your right ear.

Withdraw your left hand palm up as your right palm comes forward. Circle your left hand downward and back and shift your weight to your left leg.

Step back with your right foot as you circle your left hand up and press it palm forward past your left ear.

Withdraw your right hand palm up as your left palm comes forward. Circle your right hand down and back and shift your weight to your right leg.

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