Cloud Hands is one the fundamental practices for internal systems. The steps to learning many TaiJi forms begin and include the practice of Cloud Hands. There are patterns that begin by standing and eventually progress to walking. The posture of Cloud Hands is indispensable to a mastery of TaiJi. Not only is this a great practice for the novice to begin with, it is also an excellent basic pattern for the advanced practitioner to review their principles when it comes to TaiJi and Qigong. From posture to waist coordination, breathing to strength condition, Cloud Hands should be an essential warm up and cool down to ones internal practice.