Environmental Requirements: For best results, find a safe, quite spot with fresh air and ample room.
Practice times: If possible, practice twice daily for twenty to twenty-five minutes. Learning the complete set of T’ai Chi postures usually requires at least six months, and proficiency is related more closely to frequency of practice than knowledge and talent. If one practices the form to emphasize its martial aspects, the form should be done more than once per instance — the first time primarily acts to stretch the body; while practicing more develops energy and improves skill. Ideally, practice one-half hour after waking, then one hour before going to sleep.
Rhythm: Try to be constant from beginning to end. Pay special attention to transition points.