Passing Clouds is the only T’ai Chi Chih movement begun by stepping to the right.  The focus is on the shifting of weight from side to side and releasing tension.

The hands move in circular patterns.  Begin with the left hand, follow with the right.  Make a downward scooping motion that swoops upward and allows each hand to pass in front of the face before dropping to complete a circle.  

Softly flex your knees to ease shifting weight from side to side.  Swivel at the hips slightly to help the arms move freely.

Release tension, seek softness and continuity.  Repeat this set 9 times.  Conclude by returning the right foot to a position next to the left and sink into the resting position.

Passing Cloud details -- On softly flexed knees, step out directly to the right so the feet are shoulder width apart.  With knees bent and your right arm at your side, begin the weight shift to the right, moving your left hand in a scooping motion from left to right.  The left hand passes in front of your body and up the right side as your weight shifts fully to the right.

 As you shift your weight back toward the left, the left hand continues to move along a circular plane, passing in front of the face.  Simultaneously, the right hand begins scooping along the lower path and rises to continue its circular path as the weight shifts completely back on the left.  Now, the left hand drops to scoop on the lower path and the right hand follows the higher path.  Though there seems to be a lot going on with the hands and arms, the emphasis is still on the correct weight shift from side to side.  Turn and swivel at the waist to enable a lightness and flow to the movement.

Release tension, seek softness and continuous movement.  Repeat this set 9 times.  Conclude by returning the right foot to a position next to the left and sink into the resting position.