Hi, my name is Jesse Harding. Today, we're going to be looking at some Tai Chi exercises with step-by-step instruction. There are many fun and wonderful Tai Chi exercises. Today we're going to explore one of my favorite ones such as cloud hands or waving the hands in the clouds. So in Tai Chi we pay close attention to our posture, our breathing and how we focus our awareness. So to begin the cloud hands exercise we're going to start with our feet about shoulder width apart, the knees soft and slightly bent, hips under side, relax and sit the shoulder back a little bit, relax and lower your chin a little bit and feel your head suspended from above as if by a string. And we're going to start off with this posture and sometimes this is practiced as a Wu Chi exercise called embracing the tree or embracing the moon and we're going to press one hand down and then we're going to switch the hands and press the other hand down. So as we breathe in the hand comes up and we switch. From this position we press the palm down and then we're going to turn and rotate our hips and shoulders. We're going to switch the hands keeping them in front of our chest and then rotate and turn the hips and shoulders about 45 degrees. Now we're going to look at the footwork of the cloud hands which we call a slide step. We keep our body slightly sunk with the knees soft. We slide the foot out, we shift the weight and then we slide the foot. We step, we shift the weight and slide the foot, step, shift and slide. Let's go back, step, shift the weight, slide the foot. Keep your body level and even so there's not a lot of up and down motion of your center. Now we're going to combine the movement of the hands with the movement of the legs so they all fit together, heaven and Earth. We begin by pressing the right palm down and turning the body, stepping with the foot, switching the hands, shifting and turning from the waist. We step, switch the hands and turn, step, switch the hands and turn. Now we're doing cloud hands. One of the things you want to pay attention to is that the hands move in conjunction with our center as we turn the qua or the hips. So we're not just moving the arms independent but we are moving everything as one whole unit.