Why Tai Chi?
To an outsider who has never practiced the discipline, Tai Chi appears to be a slow, choreographed dance because of the gentle, flowing movements. Tai Chi has been around for thousands of years and has been referred to as “shadow boxing,” “moving meditation” and countless similar descriptions. It is practiced almost everywhere is the world. However, there is more than meets the eye. One cannot see all the internal and external benefits derived by regular practice.
Tai Chi is a gentle, mind/body exercise which consists of controlled slow, smooth sequential movements and breathing. Mindful, slow movements cultivate integration of the mind and body and result in internal and external strength and energy, as well as improved health and tranquility. It is said to build strength, from the inside out.
Scientific studies have shown that Tai Chi improves and/or prevents many chronic conditions while improving balance and reducing stress. Numerous studies also have shown that it improves muscular strength, fitness, flexibility and relieves pain resulting in an improved quality of life. Regular practice has also been shown to greatly reduce the incidence of falls.
Tai Chi is recommended by physicians, physical therapists and medical and scientific institutions throughout the world. Tai Chi can be practiced by people of almost all ages and physical conditions.