What is Tai Chi?
T’ai Chi Ch’uan was originally developed as an ancient Chinese martial art utilizing universal principles of energy and physical movement. Today, Tai Chi is practiced as a graceful and gentle form of exercise for energy cultivation. It involves a connected series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner, accompanied by deep breathing.
Satisfying to learn and simple to do, Tai Chi is a path to exceptional physical health, emotional well-being and vitality using gentle and complete, body-mind exercises. Tai Chi will enhance your ability to stay centered and balanced in all areas of your life. It integrates and rejuvenates you as nothing else can.
Who Can Do Tai Chi and Benefit?
Tai Chi is a low impact form of exercise that puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. Older adults who otherwise may not exercise can benefit greatly from Tai Chi, as can professional athletes who are looking to cultivate balance, focus and muscle strength. The practice is an excellent stress management tool as it helps with mental focus, centering and the cultivation of peace and balance in your day-to-day life.
Tai Chi is best thought of as playing: playing with movement and breath; playing with energy; playing with consciousness. ~ Annukka Holland, Senior Instructor
Health Benefits of Tai Chi
Tai Chi and Chi Gong are health practices that have been researched and developed in China for thousands of years. In the past decade they have begun rapidly growing in global popularity.
These technologies are currently being used in college athletic programs, hospitals, businesses, schools, universities and senior centers.
Tai Chi and Chi Gong have been shown to:
- Boost your immune system
- Reduce anxiety
- Relieve depression
- Help reduce arthritis and chronic pain
- Dramatically reduce stress
- Activate the body’s natural healing properties
- Burn calories
- Improve balance
- Provide cardiovascular benefit