Tai Chi | Tai Chi Benefits
With meditation you find motion in stillness. With tai chi you find stillness in motion.
TAI CHI BENEFITS
Despite its long history, tai chi has only been studied scientifically in recent years. With regular practice, you can expect the following benefits:
• Reducing stress
• Reducing anxiety and depression
• Improving sleep quality
• Lowering blood pressure
• Improving cardiovascular fitness
• Relieving chronic pain
• Increasing energy, endurance and agility
• Improving overall feelings of well-being
• Greater strength, flexibility and true freedom of movement
• Better balance resulting in falls prevention
• Improved posture and relief of back pain
• Better circulation
• More energy and stamina
• Smoother and deeper breathing
• Improved concentration and clearer thinking
• Heightened general awareness
• A more youthful appearance
• Relaxation, inner peace and joy
WHO CAN PRACTICE TAI CHI CHUAN?
Because of the slowness and ease of the movements, it is often thought that tai chi is primarily for senior citizens, but that is notion is false. Tai chi practice will benefit the athlete as well as the arthritis sufferer. The golfer, the snowboarder and the senior citizen can all enjoy the benefits of tai chi. Initially, the tai chi practitioner will be rewarded with improved balance, more energy and a greater ability to handle stress. With years of regular practice, tai chi can give a person the strength of a lumberjack, the pliability of a child and the peace of mind of sage.
Companies see that tai chi improves productivity by helping employees to be happy, relaxed, and creative. Hospitals and doctors are finding the tai chi is a potent, yet cost-effective therapy for nearly any condition. Schools find improved concentration and higher test scores. But most importantly every tai chi practitioner improves their own health and well being.
Tai chi is a moving meditation and in order to perform it properly the body must move as a unit. This principle of unity in movement is one of the ways in which it contrasts to calisthenics or weight training, which use various parts of the body independently. Research has shown that tai chi provides all the benefits of a rigorous aerobic workout but because it is not strenuous it carries no potentially harmful side effects. You may also find tai chi appealing because it’s inexpensive, requires no special equipment and can be done indoors or out, either alone or in a group.