“NEEDLE IN COTTON: GATHER TO YOUR CENTER
AND LET GO OF ALL ELSE
A fundamental principle in ChiWalking that has been taken from T’ai Chi is Needle in Cotton. In the practice of T’ai Chi, all sound movement has this principle at its source. The phrase needle in cotton depicts the image of a needle resting in the middle of a ball of cotton. It is an image that a T’ai Chi practitioner should remember while practicing this ancient martial art. The needle represents the thin straight line running vertically through the rotational axis of the body, along the spine. In T’ai Chi, one practices gathering energy (chi) to this centerline and initiating all movement from this centerline.
In ChiWalking, your spine is the needle and your shoulders and arms, hips, and legs are the cotton. The more energy you gather in toward your center—your needle—the more you must let go of holding any energy in your extremities and imagine them to be as light and airy as cotton. ”
Excerpt From: Danny Dreyer. “ChiWalking.” Apple Books. https://books.apple.com/us/book/chiwalking/id381481397