WHAT IS TAI CHI?
It is the art of embracing mind, body, and spirit. It can be traced back many thousands of years through ancient China and is one of the most effective ways to improve health for body and mind. It is an art that is continuous in knowledge and skill but, it is easy to learn and gain the health and mind benefits it delivers.
The main objective is the mind integrating with the body, through gentle controlled movements with gentle breathing which generates internal energy, mindfulness, song (loosening 松) and jing (serenity 静).
The ultimate goal of Tai Chi is to gain a balanced flow of Chi (Qi, Ki, Life energy) smoothly and powerfully through every part of the body, harmony from the inside out. Giving empowered Chi with practice for min, body and spirit.
Even though learning Tai Chi is essentially easy the benefits are immense. The gentle flow of movements, the tranquil breathing techniques creates the power of healing and wellbeing.
There have been many scientific studies into Tai Chi and the conclusion of benefits from all studies are but not limited to…
Decreased stress, anxiety, and depression
Improved aerobic capacity
Increased energy and stamina
Improved flexibility, balance, and agility
Improved muscle strength and definition
Enhance quality of sleep
Enhance the immune system
Help lower blood pressure
Improve joint pain
Improve symptoms of congestive heart failure
Improve overall well-being
Reduce risk of falls in older adults
These benefits of course are reliant on regular practice.
Personal through my experience of teaching Tai Chi, I have seen almost ‘miraculous’ transformations in those who practice regularly, this is cross the board from those suffering from stroke effects to mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.
The controlled soft movements learnt are unbelievably powerful and I gain immense pleasure from seeing the quick advancement in those I teach, and these improvements can be seen and felt after just a few lessons.
Finally, Tai Chi becomes a journey for those regularly practicing, into a fabulous life of health and wellbeing.
I wish you well in your journey and I would be blessed if I were a part of it.
Love, light, and blessing