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What Is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi (pronounced "tie-CHEE") is an ancient, slow-moving exercise that originated in China around 1200 AD. It is a blend of Shaolin martial art movements and qigong breathing techniques to balance body, mind, and spirit. It works with one's vital life force known as chi - a living energy field that permeates and animates the body. Depletions and blocks in this field occur regularly from stress, poor diet/environment, and negative thought patterns.Tai Chi regenerates and balances this field, thereby cultivating a more harmonious being - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Tai Chi is well known for its therapeutic benefits and is on the Mayo Clinic's Top Ten Complementary Therapies list.


Benefits of Tai Chi


Physical Benefits:  Creates a toned, flexible and strong body.  Improves respiration, energy and vitality.  Helps to maintain a balanced metabolism.  Promotes cardio and circulatory health.  Relieves pain.  Helps you look and feel younger than your age.  Improves your athletic performance.

  • Postural improvements
  • Joint Flexibility – Increasing lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons – yoga postures exercise the different tendons and ligaments of the body.
  • Increased Muscle Stretch
  • Increased Muscle Tone
  • Increased Muscle Strength
  • Improved physical balance
  • Improved endurance
  • Nervous System Regulation
  • Cardiac fitness and improved circulation
  • Improved physical coordination
  • Cleansing/nourishing of tissues (through respiration/circulation)
  • Massaging of ALL organs of the body – Yoga is perhaps the only form of activity which massages all of the internal glands and organs of the body in a thorough manner, including those – such as the prostate that rarely get stimulated during an entire lifetime.  Yoga acts in a wholesome manner of the various body parts.


Mental Benefits:  Helps you relax and handle stressful situations more easily.  Teaches you how to quiet the mind so you can focus your energy where you want it to go – into a difficult yoga pose, on the ski slopes or golf course, or in the office.  Encourages positive thoughts and self-acceptance.

  • Improved self-awareness/sensitivity
  • Improved concentration


Spiritual Benefits:  Builds awareness of your body, your feelings, the world around you, the needs of others.  Promotes interdependence between mind, body and spirit.

  • Better emotional balance
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