What is T'ai Chi?
T'ai Chi in its most pure form is nothing less than the manifestation of a human being in complete harmony with its environment, be it with nature or with the culture in which its lives. T'ai Chi is actually an internal martial art. The so called 'form' consists of a series of accurately performed movements, that are being done with concentration and awareness. They help you to relax and improve your health and vitality. As such they constitute a moving meditation that produce at the same time an improvement of vital energy throuhgout the body. The Chinese call this energy 'chi', the Japanese call it 'ki'. T'ai Chi is being practiced in the entire world as a way to relieve stress, attain relaxation and become and stay healthy.
What are the benefits of practicing T'ai Chi?
T'ai Chi has many proven health benefits, practicing it:
- Improves balance and stability
- Reduces stress
- Calms the emotions and stills the mind
- Improves concentration
- Improves body posture
- Normalises blood pressure
- Relaxes the body
- Strengthens the bones
- Improves joint flexibility
According to traditional Chines Medicine (TCM) health equals powerfull vitale energy or chi, that is also distributed evenly across the entire body. T'ai Chi is a superb exercise to bring this about. It can be practiced by both young and old. If you can walk, you can do T'ai Chi.
T'ai Chi is a non-agressive form of self-defence. As a martial art it is based on principles such as yielding to incoming force, rather than opposing it, and then return it.