Curious about the benefits of Tai Chi and how to get started?
Tai Chi was created in 1670 and widely practiced by one of the healthiest nations of our time. It is a martial art with an emphasis on breathing and mental/emotional connections. Movement is generally slow, soft, fluid, and graceful to relax the body and allow for your interrelation with the earth’s life energy. The goal is to achieve harmony between your inner and outer self leading to reduced stress, a huge factor for ultimate health.
Tai Chi is a gentle and most effective exercise to improve and maintain your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Begin incorporating basic movements and principles into your lifestyle, step by step, until they become a regular part of your day. This small and simple addition to your life will provide you with boundless benefits for your ultimate short-term and long-term health.
The main benefits of Tai Chi are:
● Gentle exercise on any body shape, size and health condition
● Anyone of any age can do Tai Chi (from child to senior)
● Deep breathing exercises associated with Tai Chi help control asthma and other lung issues
● Increases balance & stability, flexibility, muscular strength, and endurance
● Promotes proper posture which aids in long-term joint health
● Stimulates mental and physical activity activating your “qi” (also known as “chi” our life force and source of energy flow) therefore soothing and calming your soul which assists in supporting brain health
● Specific movements in conjunction with deep breathing and meditation help optimize internal organ health including the digestive system.
Where to correctly learn this art form:
There are many styles of Tai Chi which can be confusing at first. Starting with the basics is the best way to begin experiencing these gentle exercises. There are many virtual programs and classes available for beginners. Try out a few to see which teacher you best connect with. Once you discover the style you most relate to, try to incorporate 15-30 minutes of Tai Chi in your daily schedule or at least a few times per week.
Online Tai Chi Classes to explore:
*You can also find classes on youtube - make sure they are taught by someone with accreditation and experience.