Tai Chi

 

Tai Chi is an ancient form of martial arts that is practiced by millions of people around the world. Tai Chi emphasizes the connection between mind, body and spirit.

 

Tai Chi can be performed in many styles, known as tai chi forms. The original form of Tai Chi was a fighting style, but the Tai Chi form many of us are familiar with is the slow motion movements which practiced since the sixteenth century to promote fitness and health as well as to cure sickness and injury.

 

What Can I Expect From Tai Chi Classes?

 

Tai Chi classes take place in a gym, in a specialized class or even outdoors. Early morning Tai Chi on the beach or in a park is incredibly popular, it’s a relaxing and energizing way to begin your day.

 

Tai Chi form is made up of gentle, slow movements. Tai Chi requires a lot of concentration in order to get the movements correct. There is a focus on correct breathing and technique.

 

When practicing Tai Chi it is important to keep the slow and smooth momentum of the move up, movement should feel natural to the body and not be forced. The legs are your base during Tai Chi, your waist is your axis from which other body parts will move. It may take a few classes before you feel the co-ordination to get Tai Chi down pat, if you feel like you didn’t get it right the first time, just keep trying.

 

What are the Benefits of Tai Chi?

 

Those that seek to learn Tai Chi will find a wide range of benefits. Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise. If you have been injured in the past or are unable to take part in more fast paced activities Tai Chi is a great path to fitness. All of the moves are low impact, which means they take a minimal toll on your body.  When taking Tai Chi classes you may also find that your energy and stamina increases and that your circulation improves. Many doctors and physiotherapists recommend that their clients take up Tai Chi.

 

Tai Chi is also seen as an activity that brings a sense of tranquility to the mind. The practice of Tai Chi leaves many people feeling relaxed and calm. It has been shown to reduce stress. Those who learn Tai Chi often comment that they feel much better after a class, in both mind and body.

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