T’ai Chi is an ancient exercise that enhances our health and self awareness through a series of gentle, flowing movements. Regular practice of T’ai Chi develops strength, vitality and the ability to relax. This is possible because we learn to work with, rather than against, the forces of nature. For example, through proper body alignment, we learn to rely more on our bones and less on our muscles to hold us erect against the force of gravity. Once freed from excess effort, we can move with increased grace and agility.
Over time, we begin to embody all of the principles of T’ai Chi. It becomes part of our being, changing and growing with us, unifying the body, mind and spirit through movement. As we relax in T’ai Chi, we relax in life. In this way, T’ai Chi prepares us to move through life with greater ease and efficiency. A profound sense of control develops, our awareness increases, and we respond in new ways to life circumstances.
T’ai Chi is easy to learn and accessible for people of all ages, young and old alike. Whether practiced alone or in groups, T’ai Chi practice is a time to step away from daily pressures, collect yourself, relax, and regain a clear perspective. T’ai Chi takes only 7-10 minutes to perform and can be practiced in any small, flat space, without special equipment or clothing.
Benefits of T’ai Chi Practice:
- Increases circulation of vital energy (ch’i) in the body
- Strengthens the legs
- Improves balance & stability
- Relaxes the entire body
- Reduces stress, melts tension
- Relaxes and deepens the breathing
- Improves posture
- Focuses the mind
- Improves concentration
- Increases kinesthetic awareness
- Reduces the risk of falls among older people
- Lowers high blood pressure