Taiji (Tai Chi)

Tàijíquán (Tai Chi 太極拳) is a series of slow moving martial arts exercises performed with relaxed muscles and a concentrated mind. Millions of people practice Taiji, and most consider it an integral part of their everyday lives. Taiji gently stimulates the internal organs of the body, exercises the muscles, calms the nervous system, and mobilizes the joints. It is not designed to promote muscle size or enhance physical endurance.

With consistent, correct practice, Taiji leaves practitioners warm, relaxed, and stress free. In time, the mind gains a stillness and clarity rarely experienced with other forms of exercise. Calmness eventually pervades the whole body, leaving participants less stressed and more refreshed at the end of each day.

Taiji fosters a calm and tranquil mind, one that is focused on the precise execution of these exercises. Training them correctly provides a practical avenue for learning about balance, alignment, fine-scale motor control, rhythm of movement, the genesis of movement from the body’s vital center, and so on. Thus, practicing Taiji can, in some measure, contribute to being able to better stand, walk, move, run, and perform better in other spheres of life as well.

Qìgōng (Chi Kung 氣功) literally means "breath work" and is a distillation of several ancient healing systems. It is based on the cultivation and balance of "Qi", which roughly translates to "bioenergy". Anyone can learn Qigong as it helps to increase energy and stamina through the oxygenation of cells within the body. It can reduce stress, improve bowel function, relieve symptoms of insomnia and can be used to manage pain.

Practicing Taiji & Qigong:

  • Reduces stress
  • Increases mobility, flexibility, and balance
  • Increases energy and vitality
  • Improves general health
  • Provides relief from asthma, back pain, arthritis, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, and more
  • Teaches self-defense techniques

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As reported by the New York Times, Taiji can ease fibromyalgia.