(l) Stand erect with feet together, head and neck upright, and chin drawn slightly inward. Relax the chest and abdomen, shoulders and arms down loosely, and hands touching the outer sides of the thighs. Concentrate your mind, look straight ahead and breathe naturally. (Fig. l)
(2) Move the left foot gently half a step to the left, with the feet shoulder-width apart, toes forward. (Fig. 2)
(3) Raise the arms slowly forward to shoulder level, fingers slightly bent, palms down and elbows slightly dropped. Keep the arms shoulder-width apart. (Fig. 3)
(4) Keep the upper part of the body upright, bend the legs slowly to a half squat, and press the palms gently downward to abdomen level, palms facing the knees. (Figs. 4 (A) and 4 (B))
Points for attention: The height of the bent knees differs from person to person. Generally speaking, the thighs and the floor form an angle of 45 to 60 degrees. Do not let your body rise or fall, but keep rough1y the same height throughout the routine, except when you execute certain movements like the crouch step, the standing or squatting stance with feet apart, and the standing on one leg.