We were in the basement room of the T'ai chi Centre. John Kells told us to get a chair and form a circle.
The instructions on how to sit were simple. Sit with your perineum towards the front edge of the chair. Sit upright, with your ankles aligned with your knees, feet flat on the floor. Hands were palm down on top of the knees. Keep the head up, with the chin slightly down. Tongue up against the gum behind the front two teeth. The mouth is gently closed, breathing is natural, in and out through the nose.
We closed our eyes and imagined a flow of warm water down the front of our bodies, going straight down, deep into the earth. The key was to keep letting go down the front of the body. It is easier to get this when sitting down. You are sinking your energy to take root in the earth.
We then take this feeling and keep to it as we practise our forms. The upper body becomes lighter and you feel firmly rooted, yet not stuck heavily to the floor.