(original yang style)
an internal system of movements and positions dating back to the 12th
Century in China. Originally developed as a martial art, today T'ai Chi
is popular as a form of moving meditation and exercise to develop both
body and mind.
Tai Chi,when practiced regularly, produces many benefits - including the following:
- Improves balance, posture and stamina
- Increases vitality, flexibility and internal/external awareness
- Stimulates the flow and function of life force energy (chi)
- Cultivates a clear and powerful mind
- Releases tension and increases relaxation response
- Reduces stress and pain
- Heals and helps to prevent injuries
- Builds fluidity, grace and internal power
- Restores and strengthens connection to nature
- Reclaims health, peace and joy in life.
- "No leaps, no high kicks, no running. The feet always firmly on the
Movements intrinsically beautiful and at the same time charged
with symbolic meaning.
Thought taking shape in ritual and stylized
The whole body transformed into a hieroglyph, a succession of
hieroglyphs, of attitudes modulating from significance to significance,
like a poem or a piece of music.
Movements of the muscles representing
movements of the consciousness...
- It's meditation in action...
metaphysics of the Mahayana expressed not in words, but through symbolic
movements and gestures."
- Aldous Huxley