Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese practice that utilizes graceful and flowing movements. It was originally taught as a form of self-defense. Today, we practice it in the modern world as a way to unwind and participate in a graceful moving meditation.
Why Practice Tai Chi?
If you’re looking for a low-impact form of exercise that will help you feel relaxed and connected, Tai Chi might be for you. Likewise, taking a Tai Chi class is a great way to meet like-minded people and socialize. There are also very simple movements you can perform anytime, even while seated at your desk. If you’re one of those people who finds it difficult to enter a meditative state while seated, Tai Chi allows you to enter a deep meditative state while focusing on simple and ancient movements. It’s a great way to enter that flow state while learning a new skill.
Benefits of Tai Chi
There are several benefits of Tai Chi, many of which will boost your recovery. Tai Chi has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, increase balance and agility, decrease stress, improve mood, and improve muscle strength. Tai Chi is a holistic practice, much like yoga or other forms of martial arts. In this sense, it benefits the whole self — mind, body, and spirit. Practitioners focus on the movement of “chi” of vital life force, through the body. Practicing regularly can help you get more in tune with your breath, energy, and body.
How to Start
If you’re interested in learning Tai Chi, you have a few options for how to begin. You can go to a class, watch videos online, or read instructional articles. You’ll gain some of the benefits of Tai Chi once you start practicing with consistency.
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