What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi originated in China as an ancient martial arts form. Though it famously started as a martial arts technique thousands of years ago, Tai Chi is now practiced around the world as a form of gentle, non-strenuous exercise.
It is often referred to as “moving meditation” as it focuses on slow, graceful movements, deep breathing, and a meditative state of mind. The movements are fluid, circular, and slow. Each posture flows into next without pause, ensuring the body is in constant motion. The breathing is deep in order to relax the mind, body, and to allow one’s qi, or inner life energy, to flow freely. Tai Chi aims to achieve harmony between the mind and body with exercises that are equally balanced between yin and yang.
Tai Chi is so well-loved because it helps individuals remain present in the moment and recharge their mind and body. The slow, graceful movements help people step back from their fast-paced life to find inner quiet and serenity. Tai Chi loosens the mind and body from the tensions of stress, so both can fully relax in the moment.
There are several different styles of Tai Chi, and even within one style, people will still find variations in set movements. Yang Style is the most popular form of Tai Chi practiced today. It is characterized by gentle, circular, and open movements in a slow, flowing form. Yang Style allows people of all ages and fitness levels to safely exercise and improve their health.
Why Try Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is low impact and gentle, putting minimal stress on muscles and joints. It is self-paced and suitable for all ages to learn and practice. The many health benefits of Tai Chi’s are still being studied, but it has already been seen to improve muscle strength, balance, stamina, and flexibility while reducing stress and lowering blood pressure. In addition to help lowering blood pressure, Tai Chi can also alleviate joint pain and improve bone density.
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