If we’re just a little off balance, we compensate by tightening muscles here and there to make up for the lack of alignment. That can lead to awkward discomfort and perhaps pain. In tai chi class, we practice movement that we call the “Six Directions” to help cultivate a greater sense of balance and to become more aware of where your central equilibrium is. I encourage everyone to “move around it,” not just “move it around.” Move up and down its length. Forward and back. Left and right. Straight, strong, alive, flexible, always regenerating.