Tai Chi

Movement, Breathing, Concentration for Health and Well-Being

Tai Chi

Last updated on by Al Simon

What is Tai Chi? It's movement, breathing, and mental concentration

Tai Chi is a physical exercise, a mental and spiritual discipline, a way of improving health, a longevity and vitality approach, a martial art, a hobby for some, and a way of life for others. It's all this and more.

Ask any teacher or student of the art "What is Tai Chi?" and you'll get a different answer from each person.

But most will agree that at a minumun, the practice involves natural physical movement, breathing, and mental concentration. Some sort of movement practice, some sort of breathing approach, and some sort of "mental" discipline is required.

The movement practices are referred to as an "internal martial art," since the exercises and practices came originally from kung fu (Chinese martial arts). But it isn't like the martial arts you see in the movies or in your local karate school. Even done as a martial art, the movements are done slowly and smoothly, without the muscular force you might imagine.

Some of the health benefits include:

  • improved flexibility and mobility
  • increased strength and stamina
  • lowered blood pressure
  • greater aerobic capacity
  • relieves stress and improves nervous system function
  • encourages relaxation and sound sleep
  • a drop in stress hormone (salivary cortisol) levels
  • a stronger immune response

... and more.

People often ask, "Where can I find Tai Chi classes near me?" Well, there are good classes all around, but check out our guide to identifying a good class. But you can also get started with a Tai Chi DVD, or you can learn tai chi online. When looking for classes, some people go for a more general class in the art. But they might also look for something specific like a tai chi seniors program.

If you are looking to get started, or if you are already experienced but looking for more details on improving your your practice, you've come to the right website. Our site is full of exercise, hints, and tips on learning the art. We also go in-depth into topics like the different teaching styles that teachers use. You'll find a wealth of information on our site.

If you are new to our website, I recommend starting with our free onilne lessons. These lessons combines demonstration videos with exercises and practices you can start learning right now. You can learn more about our free lessons on our home page, or sign up using the button below.

And while you are here, make sure you check out our pages on Qigong and advanced practice tips and techniques as well.

You have my best wishes for health, well-being, and Chi Development,

Al Simon   Al's Signature



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