- Tai Chi builds physical, mental and emotional strength
- Tai Chi improves neuromuscular function
- Tai Chi is a resistance workout
- Tai Chi is called ‘zero impact’
- Tai Chi strengthens mental focus and concentration
- Whole-body exercises improve posture and balance.
- Through a daily Tai Chi practice you are firmer on your feet.
- Tai Chi prevents falls
- Tai Chi’s biggest benefit is emotional strength.
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese system of calisthenics and low impact exercise that puts minimal stress on the muscles and joints making it good for people of all ages. Tai Chi may seem ‘easy’ or ‘soft’ to those who don’t practice but it improves both lower body and upper body strength when practiced regularly.
Practicing Tai Chi can strengthen and coordinate ones’ legs, through into the hips, waist and abdominals.
Even without the assistance of weights and resistance bands, Tai Chi can be compared to resistance training using the weight of the practitioners’ own body. Moving the arms and keeping them up unsupported strengthens the upper body while keeping the knees bent and moving the legs will strengthen the core muscles of the back and abdomen.
The ligaments and tendons are also stretched which brings more elasticity. These soft exercises relax and loosen tensed up muscles and joints from a lifetime of stressful postures. Tai Chi doesn’t put stress on aging bones and joints but through the bodies resistance it is also an effective way to build the bones and improve the skeletal system.
Tai Chi is far more dynamic than it looks! These slow gentle movements can add up to an invigorating workout!
Tai Chi and Qigong also build respiratory strength through deep abdominal breathing. These slow meditative moves require concentration. Learning new patterns and coordinating the mind/body connection strengthens mental focus. Tai Chi targets leg strength, flexibility, range of motion and reflexes which are all necessary to staying upright. It has an integrative approach focusing the whole body including the mind.
Tai Chi provides a greater awareness of the body in the external world and as such a better awareness of your body in space. You are constantly shifting your weight and you learn to balance your body in different positions. You become more aware of the soles of your feet in contact with the ground and your weight distribution.
Tai Chi will also improve your range of motion, tone your muscles and give you more power and efficiency in body movements. This can help you navigate uneven terrains that might otherwise trip you up as you get older With better coordination, there is also a better balance of left and right brain function. It may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise, requires no special equipment and can be done indoors or out, either alone or in a group.
Tai Chi soothes the soul, connects you to your higher self and gives you the confidence within to function in the world outside.
I suggest you start with the Traditional Basics Course where you will learn the basic postures of Wudang style Tai Chi and this will give you the strength and balance to learn the Tai Chi 28 movement form which will be added soon to the list of courses.