What is Tai Chi and why do it?
Tai Chi Chuan Yang Style is a soft and gentle form of exercise suitable for all ages. The initial attraction of Tai Chi practice may lie in the beauty and grace of its movements. It can also be continued into quite an advanced age without danger. Tai Chi has many health benefits because through the use of slow and soft movement the body is relaxed and free from stress. This also allows the body's natural energy called 'chi' to flow through the meridians or channels revitalising the energy throughout the body.
Tai Chi is practised by millions of people world wide and in Oxfordshire you have the opportunity to join in a Tai Chi class. Each session begins with soft and relaxing warm-up exercises (Qi Gong), followed by practice of the form. The form is a series of 73 consecutive moves performed slowly.
You may have read articles in the press recently stating that it is good at reducing blood pressure. This has also been referred to by local general practioners as a way of improving your health.
The initial attraction of Tai Chi practice may lie in the beauty and grace of its movements. It can also be practised into quite an advanced age without danger.
There are many health benefits. One of the most important and first benefits gained is improved posture. Continued practice can lead to improved energy circulation and increased suppleness. Joints are exercised and kept mobile. Practice can also increase concentration, to name but a few.
Tai Chi Chuan is practised very slowly, and has therefore sometimes been referred to as "meditation in movement"
Want to find out more? Then the following website seems to say it all - mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/tai-chi/art-20045184. There are many listed by a simple search on 'google.co.uk' for Tai Chi Medical.
"Inwardly make the shen [spirit of vitality] firm, and outwardly exhibit calmness and peace.."
"The softest will then become the strongest." (Tai Chi Classics)