Have You Considered Trying Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is a gentle way to help to improve your flexibility, balance and assist with many health issues.
Other benefits of learning and practicing Tai Chi may include: –
- Gains in stamina and energy
- Less stress and anxiety
- Increased range of movement
- Increase social activity.
Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise, originating in China, and is a number of flowing movements carried out in a slow controlled manner. Although a number of individual movements are taught, the aim is to blend these movements into a single movement so that the body flows naturally from one position to the next in continuous motion.
Tai Chi is suitable for all levels of fitness and ages. It is generally low impact and may be suitable for an older adult as it puts little stress on joints and muscles.
There are many locations where you can to learn and practice Tai Chi, and you may find that classes are being held close to where you live. Contact your local Community Centre and Sports Gym – many such centres run regular and ongoing classes.
Once you have learned Tai Chi and become familiar with its moves you will be able to practice them at home and/or continue within a group at a centre and extend your social activity.
There are several different styles of Tai Chi, and I teach “Chen Style” which is the most popular and widely practised style and is supported by many Instructors. If you are just starting out then there are many DVD’s and books available that will show you the moves but it is always advisable to find an instructor to teach you and show you them. However, if you have a medical condition or a debilitating issue, it is recommended that you seek medical advice before you embark on your Tai Chi Journey.
Additional to the Tai Chi movements, I also include breathing exercises in the classes I teach. These are generically called “Qi gong’s”, and are focused on deep and relaxing breathing exercises whilst carrying out gentle arm, leg and body movements.
I hope this has given you a brief view into the world of Tai Chi and may have given you a gentle nudge to try it for yourself. If you would like to know more then please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Lent, Tai Chi Instructor, British Tai Chi Academy