The Yang style is expansive. We try to reach out into the universe, and then come back to our core (open and close).
Create space between your joints
One of the things we try to do, is to create a little space between our joints. Imagine that you are opening up, let’s say when creating a big circle with your arms. Now imagine that you pull your bones apart a tiny bit further, so that you create a little space between your joints.
As you come back, you compress that space again. Think about your cartilage tissue and your discs like sponges. You compress them, and then you release them again.
We do this with all our joints as well as with our spine as we stretch out and then come back again. That movement squeezes and extends our discs and cartilages. It twists and compresses. We create movement and activate energy and drive out staleness. By squeezing and twisting we pump fluids through discs and cartilages and nurture them.
Squeeze like a sponge
It really is like a sponge. If you want to clean it, you need to squeeze and release it and then rinse and repeat.
Like for a clogged pipe, we remove blockages by twisting, pressing, pulling and shaking. We release blockages and get our energy flow unstuck.
The same effect works on our inner organs as we stretch, twist and bend our body. Tai Chi movements provide and gentle massage and vitalization for our inner organs, discs and cartilages.