Chen, Wu, Sun, and Yang are the most common forms of Tai Chi. In the 1950's a Taijiquan council gathered to develop a simplified style to share with the world. The Simplified Yang Style (Beijing 24) was created, taking elements from a more complicated Yang form.
This is the form I focus on in my classes. Along with learning the postures in different combinations, I focus on relaxing, breathing deeply, cultivating positive energy, moving slowly and deliberately.... and laughing freely.
One of the most practiced forms in the world, the Yang Style simplified 24 form is a great place to start in your Tai Chi journey. Below is the list of the postures in order.
1. Beginning (step out, lift and settle)
2. Parting the Wild Horse's Mane (3 times)
3. White Crane Spreads its Wings
4. Brush Knee and Side Step (3 times)
5. Play the Lute (also called play guitar, strum the lute
6. Step Back and Repulse Monkey (4 times)
7. Grasp the Sparrow's Tail - left
8. Grasp the Sparrow's Tail - right
9. Single Whip
10. Wave Hands Like Clouds (3 times)
11. Single Whip
12. High Pat on Horse (pat the horse)
13. Kick With Right Heel
14. Strike Ears With Fists
15. Kick With Left Heel
16. Snake Creeps Down (left) & Golden Rooster Stands on left leg
17. Snake Creeps Down (right) & Golden Rooster stands on right leg
18. Fair Lady Weaves the Shuttle (right and left)
19. Needle at the Bottom of the Sea
20. Fan through Back
21. Deflect Downwards, Parry and Punch
22. Apparent Close Up (roll back, push, rotate to front)
23. Cross Hands
24. Closing Form (stepping in with left foot)
These postures can be learned in a fair amount of time. However, can take a lifetime to master. Even as your teacher, I am continuing to improve on my form. Thus my mantra, teach what you know and continue to grow. In my class, flow, breath, and balance are priority. Have fun and laugh!