Learning Tai Chi
Tai Chi combines movement, meditation and breathing,
to enhance the flow of vital energy in the body, to increase both physical and
Tai Chi is one of the most broadly applicable systems
of self-care in the world and is suitable for both young and old alike.
China, it is estimated that 300 million people alone practice Tai Chi.
Chi however is not just practised in China, in the 20th century it spread throughout
the world and as we enter the 21st century, it is more popular than ever.
Chi - The Form
There are several styles of movement and approaches to
Tai Chi, some of them historic and some developed in recent years.
has its own individual charteristics and carries the name of the clan or family
who developed it i.e. Yang, Chen, Wu, Sun etc.
All the principles of
Tai Chi are put into practice in a non stop sequence of moves called the form.
Tai Chi style has its own distinctive way of presenting the form in terms of:
The postures included, the order in which they appear, the way they are performed
and finally, how long the form actually takes to complete.
different styles of Tai Chi present the form in different ways, the purpose
and the philosophy behind them is the same.
Tai Chi & Health
Tai Chi is practised, the movement creates streams of energy to flow through
In the philosophy of Tai Chi, it is said Chi (life energy)
follows the mind, each posture and movement creates a different energy flow
that, has a benifital overall affect on overall well-being.
Tai Chi stimulates
circulation, aligns the skeleton and joints correctly, stimulates the organs
of the body and helps digestion.
It increases muscle tone, strength,
improves balance and co ordination and improves breathing.
Tai Chi does
not just provide physical benefits; by raising energy levels, it also affects
the mind and the spirit.
Tai Chi focuses thought, so that mind and body
energy works together as one. When practising Tai Chi, people find that they
are not just physically fitter but, happier, more alert, have greater mental
focus and are more creative.
It is this harnessing of mental and physical
energy that makes Tai Chi not just a form of exercise; it makes it a life enhancing
Learning Tai Chi
Tai Chi is an exercise for people
of all ages and all levels of fitness.
The movements of Tai Chi are non-strenuous,
relaxed, slow moving, soft, and flowing.
It has often been described
as moving meditation, as it relieves stress and improves concentration.
is the gentleness and slowness of Tai Chi that makes it so applicable to everyone
as a form of exercise.
When you watch Tai Chi being performed, it looks
effortless but this comes from a considerable amount of practice.
taking up Tai Chi it is best to pick an experienced teacher, who can guide motivate
and encourage you. Simply, go with someone you are comfortable with.
style of Tai Chi you pick Chen, Yang, Wu, Sun or any other form, is down to
personal preference; the benefits described however apply to all styles.
Re Vitalise offer a warm welcome to both novice and experienced
Tai Chi pupils. In addition to offering regular tuition there are several weekend breaks available.
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