In the early mornings, if you happen to see people in the park, moving slowly in what appears to be choreographed moves, be respectful towards them. They could be practising the art of Tai Chi. This is also a Martial Art, an exercise system, and a philosophy. Whether you are young or old, frail or robust, the ancient art of Tai Chi Chuan can help strengthen your body, increase your coordination and improve your overall well-being. Tai Chi is referred to as an internal Martial Art due to the emphasis on mental conditioning, controlled breathing and heart rate.
The movements are done slow and controlled; however, if executed with explosive power Tai Chi could be used for defence or offence. It is a beautiful art to watch on account of the graceful and fluid movements. The practice of Tai Chi can improve stability, coordination and balance. The exercise benefits joints and builds good muscle tone. In China children practice Tai Chi daily at school to promote good health. Therefore, it is beneficial for people of all ages.
Learning Tai Chi is a gradual process that takes patience as well as practice. Do not become frustrated by all the movements, enjoy the moment. Tai Chi is a lifetime study and a never-ending circle.
Benefits of Tai Chi
- Improves circulation
- Aids digestion
- Increases mental alertness
- Makes joints stronger and more flexible
- Helps the nervous system
- Teaches proper breathing techniques and much more!