What is Tai-Chi?
“Chi/Qi/Ki” can be described as Universal Energy, vital life force energy or simply energy. Tai-Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that practices meditative movements in graceful fashion with the aim of fighting stress and maintaining the balance of Chi energy. Tai-Chi is all about free-flowing, gentle movements which is great because it means that its more inclusive than your average form of exercise-Anyone can take part! Even just a few minutes a day can quickly add up to noticable changes in stress, mood, and energy levels.
Due to the fact that Tai-Chi is more relaxed movements this means that it puts little to no stress on the body. This means that it is safe for everyone regardless of age, fitness or financial status.
This would be the perfect form of exercise for anyone in general, but Tai-Chi could be especially beneficial for anyone thats been out of exercise for a long time and has an interest in getting back on it!
Tai-Chi is generally cost effective. Tai-Chi is one of the most accessible forms of exercise because it can be done anywhere; as long as there is space, whether its inside or outside and its in a safe environment you can do it.
What are the benefits of Tai Chi?
Consistently taking part in Tai-Chi has been found to improve the quality of health in people. This includes:
- Improved mood
- Improved aerobic capacity
- Increased energy and stamina
- Improved flexibility, balance and agility
- Improved muscle strength and definition
Some evidence also suggests that Tai-Chi may also help:
- Decreased stress, anxiety and depression
- Enhanced quality of sleep
- Enhanced the immune system
- Lowered blood pressure
- Joint pain relief
- Less chance of heart failure
- Improved general well-being
How do I begin learning Tai-Chi?
There are many tai chi classes available with a simple search on the internet. Tai Chi classes are likely to be available at your local leisure centers or you can contact independent instructors. When looking for an instructor it is wise that you choose one with good experience and knowledge of Tai Chi not only to enhance the quality of your sessions, but also to make sure you are as safe as possible.
Also it may be beneficial to do your own research and studying on Tai Chi. You can never learn too much about something and when you pair independent study with being taught by an expert, it will improve your understanding and further enhance your tai chi ability.
I,myself have studied Chi power.I studied these for some while under a number of different teachers but my family, and work and career interfered with my ability to pursue them in the dramatic way I had previously attempted. Nevertheless, over the years I have made progress and will continue to study not only the practical but also the academic and philosophical aspects of the Chinese and other martial arts.
I have wrote a book on Chi energy called “Chi-Power (energy for life)” and would recommend giving it a read if you would like to broaden your knowledge on Tai-Chi and Chi energy. It is available in both paperback and Kindle!