Tai Chi is
an internal system of movements and positions dating back to the 12th
Century in China. Originally developed as a martial art, today Tai Chi
is popular as a form of moving meditation and exercise to develop both
body and mind.
When practiced regularly, Tai Chi 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.
Tai Chi builds the mind/body connection with a focus on relaxation,
balance, joint health, correct alignment and smart body mechanics
through slow, flowing movements and coordinated breathing.
As a meditation,
Tai Chi focuses on fully experiencing and influencing the body's energy
flow through movement or in stillness. This energy work is called
As a martial art,
the Tai Chi artist stays in contact with the opponent, turning into his
or her movements to disrupt attacks with an elegant economy of motion.
As a life philosophy,
Tai Chi is rooted in Taoism and the concept of yin and yang. The goal
is to live in harmony with nature, to function optimally as a human being - emotionally and psychologically; to be aware of natural energy and to
utilize that energy to reach a high level of physical and
- "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