What is Tai Chi

Tai Chi is often described as "meditation in motion," some even call it "medication in motion." There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems.

Tai Chi can be started by anyone at any age and does not require you to be in top shape or the best of health.

In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, you go without pausing through a series of motions named for animal actions — for example, "catching the peacocks' tail"

As you move through your movements you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention on your bodily sensations and the flow of energy or Qi.

Tai Chi differs from other types of activities in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and tendons are not stretched. Tai Chi can be easily practiced by anyone, from the most fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery. The various small movements help tone the muscles and strengthen the organs.

 

Here are 9 potential benefits to Tai Chi

* Health

* Energy

* Immunity

* Sleep

* Circulation

* Alertness

* Blood Circulation

* Injury Prevention

* Flexibility

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