Tai Chi (Taiji)
What is Tai Chi (Taiji)?
Tai Chi consists of rounded, flowing, balanced movements that some have described as one of the “ultimate stress relieving tools”. These gentle yet dynamic exercises have been shown to increase flexibility and improve posture, balance and overall health and stamina.
Tai Chi utilizes the ancient philosophy of Yin-Yang and the Five Element theories for its foundation and to establish its training principles. Hundreds of years of experience have shown that Tai Chi can improve one’s overall health, reduce tension, and help to alleviate a number of physical ailments including high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma, heart problems, and nervousness. The same techniques that were once used for combat have proved to be effective as life prolonging, healing, and rejuvenating exercises.
There are many different styles of Tai Chi and a great number of empty hand forms and weapons routines. TaijiNature offers training in Yang Style and Chen Style,
Why learn Tai Chi?
Tai Chi emphasizes a calm and peaceful mind. With regular practice,Tai Chi stimulates the central nervous system, relieves stress, helps to lower blood pressure, strengthens the immune system, enhances the elimination of wastes and the circulation of blood, and channels the flow of Qi through the body’s meridians. It strengthens muscles, bones, and joints, and improves balance and coordination. It also benefits our breathing, digestion, and blood circulation.
With a regular practice of Tai Chi, you can improve your health, fitness level, body posture, balance, flexibility, coordination, stamina, strength, endurance, and ability to focus.
The meditative movements of Tai Chi have the effect of significantly reducing stress, which is recognized today as a primary cause for many health disorders. Regular practice of these internal martial arts provides an enjoyable form of exercise that will assist in developing and sustaining good health and well-being.
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(Please note: We generally, but not always, use "Tai Chi" throughout the site because it is a more recognized spelling. It is important to note that the alternate spelling is the more traditional Pin Yin spelling of "Taiji" For our purposes the reference to art is the same.