Tai Chi Overview
Many people know that Tai Chi comes from China. We’ve all seen the videos of the communities doing Tai Chi in the park, and doesn’t it look absolutely amazing, graceful and peaceful?
Wouldn’t you love to have some of that calming peace as well?
Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for health of mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and soon delivers its health benefits.
There is much more to Tai Chi than one can see, and virtually no one can describe such a complex art in one simple sentence. Yes, it is aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable to practice. It can be a meditation and an integral exercise for all parts of the body and the mind. It brings tranquillity and helps you think more clearly. Tai Chi can be many things for different people; regular practice will bring better health and wellness.
Often described as meditation in motion, Tai Chis was created based on nature and harmony. The gentle flowing movements of Tai Chi contain much inner strength, like water flowing in a river, beneath the tranquil surface there is a current with immense power: the power for healing and wellness
Nowadays, Tai Chi is practised in every corner of the world for health improvement. And for good reasons. Scientific studies show that Tai Chi improves and possibly prevents chronic conditions such as arthritis, heart disease and diabetes. In fact, Tai Chi improves practically any aspect of health.
Benefits of Tai Chi May Include:
- Reduces stress, anxiety and depression
- Improves mood
- Improves aerobic capacity
- Improves balance
- Improves memory, focus and sleep
- Improves cognitive function
- Relieve pains
- Increases energy and stamina
- Improves flexibility and agility
- Improves muscle strength and definition
- Boosts immune system
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces arthritis symptoms
Tai Chi Is A Gentle & Pleasant Way To Improve Your Health
There are many styles of Tai Chi, 5 of which are considered to be the main ones, all named after their founding family: Chen, Yang, Wu, Wu Hao and Sun.
Chen Style is said to be the oldest, Sun Style the youngest and Yang Style the most widely practiced.
Although, every Tai Chi styles have the same origin and have branched off as their founders advanced the art in their own unique way. With that said, they also have many similarities. Basically, all Tai Chi Styles are:
- Working to develop a connection between internal power and external movement
- Acting in accordance with nature and not opposed to it
- Based on at least 2000 years of knowledge
What You Will Learn
Taught in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, Dancing Moon’s classes are build to accommodate the beginner as well as the experienced participants and every levels in between.
Classes are adapted to the needs of the participants, questions are encouraged as this is the best way to learn properly. Every moves are broken up in a step by step manner for better learning.
The more advanced participants are encouraged to apply the Tai Chi principles to the practice of the forms, in so doing, deepening their experience.
As a 1st Dan (black belt) in Goshin Ryu Karate, Anick is able to explain certain applications of moves, making it easier to learn.
The forms taught vary from Yang, Sun and Chen styles, some forms also include a mix of those styles. Having trained at Paul Lam’s Tai Chi Institute for Health, Anick is certified to teach many forms from the Tai Chi for Health Program as well as more traditional forms like the 24 Yang.
Therefore, classes consist of a wide range of forms from traditional Tai Chi and The Tai Chi Institute For Health.
In a nutshell:
Classes are for everyone.
They include a little Qigong, a mix of Tai Chi Styles with a bit of self massage.
They are fun, relaxing, enjoyable, beneficial and, above all, instructive
Do yourself a favour, come and see for yourself and have a go!
Some of the Tai Chi for Health forms include:
- Tai Chi for Arthritis
- Tai Chi for Diabetes
- Tai Chi for Energy
- Tai Chi for Osteoporosis
- 5 elements Qigong
- Tai Chi for Heart Condition
- Tai Chi for Rehabilitation
Although most of the forms from the Tai Chi For Health Institute target a specific medical condition, they are beneficial for anyone performing them.