The founders of Tai Chi go back some 400 years and they weren’t Taoist but if anything, mostly Buddhist! However, Tai Chi, has nothing at all to do with religion as it was a way for the people in that era which was quite dangerous, to defend themselves! It is indeed a MARTIAL ART.
This gentle form of exercise can help maintain strength, flexibility, and balance, and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life. Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” as it helps one to slow down, pacing oneself, helping those who develop a steady practice in being mindful and attentive towards their own internal state of being.
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
Tai chi is an excellent addition to anyone’s exercise routine, and offers several physical and mental benefits.
It is a form of exercise that has recently been gaining popularity as a way to relieve and/or manage back pain and neck pain. These people are using the same Tai Chi principles and movements created in ancient China and still practiced all around the world as a healing exercise.
“Tai chi is very calming and peaceful. … Tai chi also offers plenty of other benefits. Recent studies have found that the slow, graceful exercise, which originated centuries ago as a martial art, can improve balance, reduce stress and offer arthritis pain relief.
The truth is tai chi is not especially easy to learn. An interesting point about learning anything of value, including tai chi, is “things are difficult when you can’t and easy after you can.”
20 Tai Chi Benefits
- Promotes deep breathing
- Uplifts spirit and improves relaxation
- Reduces bone loss in menopausal women
- Improves lower body and leg strength
- Helps with arthritis pain
- Improves muscle strength and joint flexibility
- Reduces blood pressure
- Accumulates energy by releasing endorphins rather than depleting it
- Enhances mental capacity and concentration
- Improves balance and stability by strengthening ankles and knees
- Promotes faster recovery from strokes and heart attacks
- Improves conditions of Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson
- Learning to control oneself in slowing down, developing mindfulness
- Helps develop patience
- Helps promote wellbeing
- Helps in learning to relax, increases oxygen, promotes healthy circulation
- Relieves physical affects of stress
- Reduces pain of autoimmune conditions
- Can be modified for seating with those having restrictions on standing
- Enjoyable slow movement exercise that is easily adaptable for injuries
To gain the benefits of this gentle exercise form of Tai Chi, it is best to develop a regular practice of 30-60 minutes daily. It is best to do this practice early mornings.
Tai Chi is a great exercise as can be modified for those in wheelchairs, those having injuries, and those with autoimmune conditions. It has been proven to greatly reduce pain and improve mobility in those suffering from many painful autoimmune conditions.
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