Qi Yoga Life brings you the internal art of Tai Chi Chuan.
Tai Chi Chuan translates to as “Supreme Ultimate Fist”. It is a form of Qigong, an Internal Wushu (martial art) and often referred to as meditation in motion. It was developed not only for self defense but was also designed to promote serenity, relaxation to generate health, longevity and internal power.
Tai Chi’s principles is drawn from the the Tao. With its graceful movements, practitioners unifies their mind, body and spirit while moving the cultivated energy and harmonizing the yin and yang.
There are many forms of Tai Chi, each style may subtly emphasize various Tai Chi principles. Each follows the same premise, which is to combine meditation and martial arts. Styles varies as some may focus on health cultivation, while others focus on the martial arts aspect.
Benefits of Tai Chi
For hundreds of years Chinese people have reaped multitudes of benefits that Tai Chi has to offer. These benefits are recognized by Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctors who are frequent Tai Chi practitioners themselves and recommends the art as physiotherapy to their patients.
Regular practice increases practitioners stability, flexibility, mobility and overall strength. Many medical issues can also be improved, such as blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety and some heart conditions.
The mental benefits are noteworthy as Tai Chi helps reduce stress, anxiety, depression and mood disturbance and increase self-esteem. It’s proven to help practitioners relax and experience a sense of ease and well-being.
Spiritually, Tai Chi allows practitioners to deepen their sensitivity to gain a greater connection to the universal energy within us and around us, One achieves in-depth awareness of the subtle body and our connection to the Tao.
Who Can Practice Tai Chi?
It is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, it is ideal for inactive people wanting to raise their activity levels gently and gradually.
If you’re interested in trying Tai Chi, we can help you get started.
“Yield and overcome;
Bend and be straight.”
– Lao Tzu