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What is Tai Chi?

  • Tai Chi is an art, a moving meditation. It is a system of health and longevity, with roots in martial arts, and so it is also a system of self defense (physical, mental). As self defense, some say, it is a system of “health maintenance!”
  • Its philosophical roots go back thousands of years to the I Jing; to the mystical philosophy of Taoism; and to the Dao De Jing.
  • Tai Chi movements are connected, slow, circular. Some styles are performed at a constant rate, all styles are whole body movements with no independent movement of arms and hands.
  • The name Taijiquan literally means “great extremes boxing”, referring to the extremes of Yin and Yang, so one definition is the “art of the fist that embodies the dynamics of Yin and Yang”. For our purposes, yin and yang are names given to the complementary forces (energies) that together comprise Tai Chi. While they are opposite in nature (Yang characteristics are hot, male, forceful, day, sky, summer, etc; Yin are cool, soft, still, feminine, earth, winter, etc), there is a harmonious relationship among them. As the song says “You can’t have one without the other.”
  • In the Tai Chi diagram PDF we see how two opposites can be harmonized into a complete interrelated unit -- Tai Chi.

The Health Benefits of Tai Chi

  • Tai Chi is practiced today all over the world and many studies show it improves health and longevity and balances mind, body, spirit. For example, a recent study showed that the regular practice of Tai Chi actually increased the size of the brain in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Some references are listed below.
  • It is a total mind-body practice, fostering the circulation of Qi (vital life energy) throughout the body.
  • Tai Chi has been shown to improve overall fitness, agility, and flexibility.

Studies

A review published in the Archives of Internal Medicine looked at 47 studies on the effects of Tai Chi and concluded:

  • This ancient Chinese discipline has physical and psychological benefits
  • Tai Chi is safe and effective in promoting balance, flexibility, and cardiovascular health, and is particularly valuable for older people with chronic health conditions
  • Older people practicing Tai Chi may improve their balance, strength, and flexibility and lessen their chance of falling.
  • Studies also found that Tai Chi can decrease pain, stress, and anxiety in healthy patients

More on Tai Chi benefits PDF

 

Tai chi for arthritis class

Qi magazine article See the Spring issue of Qi: The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness
for Barbara Penn's article "Tai Chi Cudgel Brings Healing Energy to Wounded Warriors" or download the PDF Download article PDF

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