Widely accepted by Chinese people as a “national treasure” Taijiquan or Tai Chi as it is more commonly known, has become recognised world wide as a gentle exercise that assists with the reduction of stress through harmony of mind, body and spirit.
As a form of self-defence and therapeutic exercise, Tai Chi has few equals
The Chinese people regard it so highly that it is considered one of the “Five Excellences” along with Painting, Poetry, Calligraphy and Medicine. TIME magazine has called Tai Chi the “Perfect Exercise.” So what’s the big deal, why is it so different from typical exercise and who can benefit from practicing Tai Chi?
Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion” as there is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. It can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age, sex, or physical condition because it requires little physical effort. Slow, even, rhythmical movements are its distinctive features. Force, haste and speed are discouraged.
Relaxation, a calm mind and deep breathing are the key elements of every training session.
The best thing about Tai Chi is the unique feeling of harmony and well-being that is experienced upon completion of each practice. The mind is clear, the thinking lucid, the body relaxed and the temper gentle. See also the article “More Benefits of Tai Chi”
By getting started with Tai Chi you are taking an intelligent step that will provide mental and physical benefits in the immediate future and for the rest of your life.