What is Tai Chi ?
Tai Chi Chuan or Tai Chi for short is a Mind / Body exercise that follows natural movements and principles of nature. The movements are performed slowly, with concentration, relaxation, and breath.
Tai Chi Chuan is a moving meditation. Every movement is controlled by the mind and breath. Through daily practice of tai chi chuan, one can learn and develop patience, calmness, relaxation, improved balance, focus, coordination, and well-being.
Tai Chi practice is good for improving reducing stress and calming the mind. It is also a martial art where movements can be used in self-defense. The exact translation of Tai Chi Chuan is “Grand Ultimate Fist.
They are many styles and forms of Tai Chi Chuan. Although different in appearance, they all share the same principles and philosophy of Tai Chi, the harmony of yin/yang.
Tai Chi exercises the entire body including joints, muscles, and internal organs, and at the same time strengthens and calms the mind. Participants will focus on improving strength, balance, coordination, and mental health.
Additional benefits include:
. Improved posture
. Stronger Immune System
Tai Chi is believed to: Boost the Immune System --- Slow the aging Process ---- Lower High Blood Pressure ---- Reduce the incidence of “Anxiety”, “Depression” and overall mood disturbances. Tai Chi Chuan is the most effective balance and coordination exercise in the world.
When playing Tai Chi Chuan, our main emphasis should be on the principles. Body and Mind as One. Relax, breathe slowly and deeply. Movements are graceful, calm and quiet. Always maintain a connection to Heaven and Earth. Collect and store energy in your lower abdomen (Dantien).
Unlike other exercises, Tai Chi main focus is to cultivate internal energy “Chi”. Chi is the universal cosmic energy that is in all living things. When Chi is weak or stagnant in our body, we can become ill. Through the relaxed and graceful movements of Tai Chi Chuan, we learn to circulate “Chi” throughout our body, relaxing & healing our body and calming our mind.