01. August 2019 · Comments Off on Practice Tai Chi Everyday And Live A Stress-Free Life · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

When a person starts practicing tai chi, the thing that he will first experience is its power or at least the promise of its power. There is nothing particularly esoteric or mystical about the power of tai chi. It is simply about following its principles and witnessing what will rise within you. Practicing a form (a series of movements) is never exactly similar, but it’s always beneficial.

Despite being known as a gentle meditation exercise, Tai Chi is actually a form of martial art. Tai chi in
English, means “the supreme ultimate” and “Tai chi chuan,” means the “supreme ultimate fist.” This ancient art is both powerful and effective when performed as a martial art. When learning Tai Chi, the principal focus is to use the power of your mind combined with the power and energy of your body to unleash a force (in wherever direction you want).

Enhanced wellbeing, balance, posture, blood flow, and coordination and just some of the wonderful benefits of Tai Chi. Your nervous system becomes calmer and so will you simply because tai chi is practiced with a relaxed focus and is performed slowly. The meditation aspect of tai chi can give you a clearer mental perspective, and in our present frenetic and fast world, this can be a huge benefit. The stress calming qualities are actually one of the major reasons individuals practice Tai Chi since it provides them with a sense of spiritual, emotional, and physical health and a calm mind.

Tai Chi began thousands of years ago, and it gradually evolved and developed into what we now perform today. The gradual process of change that has occurred to tai chi over the centuries is reflected in the manner it is performed i.e. with no hurry to finish its engrossing and intricate movements and at a meditative pace. Its flow and smoothness help practitioners relax – it can be a reinvigorating form of relaxation. People are buzzing with Chi at the end of a Tai Chi class since the practice enables your chi or energy to circulate better and blockages and tension just seem to disappear. It all sounds very beautiful and blissful, which it is, although you do need to put a little effort in to gain the benefits.

It’s hard to imagine something that elegant and graceful is also used for self defense, but then again there is an old Chinese proverb that goes ‘the best fighters never fight’ (implying that there is no need for conflict if you have no external or internal enemies). Taoism is the philosophy behind Tai Chi which is very useful and includes the belief that a conflict will only get worse if you fight force with force. Taoism espouses flexibility and yielding in order to conquer any situation. This can defuse a situation leaving room for dialogue and negotiation. When you take to heart take something like this in your daily life, you then have acquired a definite advantage. Yielding leads to listening and you gain more information when you listen making it easier to see where someone is coming from. Applying such a strategy in the workplace would bring less stress for everyone!

The effect tai chi has on our joints, lymphatic system, and brain is part of its physiological aspect. Modern neurological studies have demonstrated that practicing tai chi stimulates the brain to function more efficiently. This is due in part to the brain getting more oxygenated blood (as tai chi’s breathing technique enhances lung elasticity and capacity) and also in part, due to the calming, meditative effect of tai chi, changing the frequency of the brain from beta (waking normal active waves) to alpha (receptive between awake and sleep and waves which are associated with better capacity to remember and learn).

Partly responsible for blood detoxification, the lymphatic system is activated by the mild muscle work of tai chi. Tai Chi massage’s relaxed and soft movements of the lymph nodes improve the function of the lymph nodes and boost the immune system. The joints of your body are usually the areas where pain and aches first develop and so keeping the joints active and healthy is essential at any age. Because the body’s weight-bearing joints are properly aligned, when you practicing Tai Chi, they are never greatly impacted upon nor abused. The joints’ function and health is protected while the flow of blood in and around the joints is bolstered.

On the whole, Tai Chi can provide us with a unique way to alleviate stress and to learn valuable and new skills.

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25. July 2019 · Comments Off on Studies Show The Benefits Of Qigong And Tai Chi On The Behavior And Performance Of School Children · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The results of a controlled study involving 156 7th graders with ages 13 and 14 years old results were published in 2010, September. In the study, the students learned and were told to practice qigong moving meditation during school. They were divided into two groups. One group was told to practice qigong for eight weeks twice a week for 25 minutes each day. The other group performed their everyday school activities. Before and after the study, all 156 students answered surveys to evaluate stress, self-image, psychological distress, and well-being at school. The group that practiced qigong showed less stress and psychological distress, and had better self-image than the control group. Also, all the students needed to answer an open question on whether practicing qigong practice affected them in any way. The answers were all positive in favor of qigong. They included statements like: “I feel more awake and alert” or “It gives you an opportunity to calm down” or “I work better after qigong” or “I am more focused.” (Terjestam 2010).

About 34 percent of the children weren’t interested in performing the exercises. For them, qigong exercises were boring. Either the school made it mandatory for these students to practice or it needed to encourage the students to participate in moving meditation or meditation exercise like yoga, tai chi, or qigong. The positive results of these exercises for students have been recorded in a number of past research work. A second grade elementary school study revealed that students who practiced qigong led to higher grades and better behavior (Witt 2005). One other study showed that aggression was significantly reduced in both elementary and high school students who practiced qigong. This exercise had an energizing and calming effect on the students (Witt 2007). Similar benefits were also seen when the students practiced Tai chi. Among adolescents, tai chi was seen to help improve conduct, anxiety, and hyperactivity, with fewer expressions of improper emotions (Reif-Hernandez, 2001).

In students, depression, stress responses, and anxiety are typical symptoms. Responses to stress such as abdominal pain, headaches, and sleeping problems are also fairly ordinary during adolescence. Any exercises that can calm students would be good to help them reduce stress. Qigong has been known to relieve headaches, improve sleep, and have a positive effect on health problems such as cardiovascular disease (Jahnke, 2010). These forms of moving meditation are especially helpful for students who are susceptible to the increasing stress of school.

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25. July 2019 · Comments Off on Tai Chi Is “Meditation In Motion” · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Sometimes called “meditation in motion,” Tai chi is a form of self defense that was originally developed in China. This elegant type of exercise has existed for over two millennia and its global popularity only seems to grow year by year. People perform tai chi either as a complement to other health care methods or as a basic exercise program or both. Health benefits include increased flexibility (particularly for seniors), improved balance, and the alleviation of stress.

You may discover vital energy or chi to be a useful element of your program. If you’re attempting to bolster your overall wellbeing and health, Tai chi can help you attain this. It is considered a safe practice for people of all levels of fitness and ages. Research has shown that tai chi can reduce the risk of falls and improve balance for seniors. Tai chi is appealing to lots of older adults because it puts minimal stress on your muscles and joints and its movements are low impact. Because of these, the person may find it useful if he suffers from a disease such as arthritis or if he’s recuperating from an injury.

When practiced regularly and understood properly, tai chi seems to be a very good form of exercise. It’s noncompetitive and self-paced and one doesn’t require special clothing or equipment or a large physical space. People can practice tai chi anyplace anytime. Since tai chi is gentle and slow, it practically has no adverse side effects. It may be possible that anyone would strain himself when first learning, but with the right instruction, this shouldn’t hinder you from practicing tai chi.

To reduce the risk of injury and attain optimal benefits, learn the proper way to perform the movements and postures. Paying attention to your breathing and body position are essential; therefore, the best way to best to study is directly under a teacher instead of videos and books. Your instructor can personally guide you and rectify many issues in your technique before they turn into a habit As you attend a series of classes and practice, you’ll learn how to do tai chi without needing to strain your joints and muscles

Once you get the hang of the basics, you’ll feel more you’re comfortable with the fundamental movements of tai chi, and you’re now ready to do this practice by yourself. You may find practicing tai chi at the same and in the same place every day. You’ll probably experience certain health benefits almost immediately, but perhaps, they won’t be very dramatic. Health benefits build up every time, so, be patient.

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18. July 2019 · Comments Off on Tai Chi For Caregivers · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The ancient Chinese self-defense art of Tai Chi has received much exposure from a growing body of research that supports these personal reports and also due to the benefits reported by its practitioners.

In the many decades of their general martial arts experience and specifically about tai chi, some practitioners can experience growing benefits to their health. This article will talk about the very first level of tai chi practice – what benefits can first time practitioners and people with disabilities can expect from the exercise. This may include people suffering from Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, as well as people going through rehabilitation or with falls associated with muscle weakness or people simply suffering from deterioration brought about by old age.

It’s been clear that there is a wide range of abilities between people who aren’t able to walk or stand up or aren’t able to practice tai chi even for a few minutes for whatever reason and people to those who are able to exercise for an hour or more. It is to this former group and their caregivers that this article is addressed, since they are the ones to most likely benefit from short regular periods of caregiver-assisted practice even if it’s only a fifteen to twenty minute session – and thereupon, it is through these caregivers that Tai Chi practice should best be conveyed.

Once the movement routines of basic exercises are learned, what’s next required is daily physical mindful practice i.e. with thought, awareness, and motivation. The instructor model of “staying one step ahead of the student” subsequently corresponds to the idea of patient and caregiver (and “in knowledge participation and in knowing together”) since the mindful practice of proper exercises is the one that appears to be the most beneficial.

Let us consider necessity and suitability:

Exercise – what’s required is a few basic simple exercises grounded on the principles of Tai Chi: fluidity of movement, grounding, posture, and balance regarding the center of the body.

A basic comprehension of Tai Chi practice and movement as it applies at this level.

1. Every day practice for a certain period and in a manner that’s best suited for the person – usually comprising a single or multiple short sessions.

2. Transference of the principles of Tai Chi learned from the exercises into daily activities via constant mindfulness of physical movement.

3. A cycle of learning feedback between patient and caregiver in which the caregiver offers an external reference to help the patient in his/her internal mindfulness – For instance, by making observations about the manner exercises are being done and by providing support and encouragement to the patient.

4. Provision of a caregiver mentoring and training program to enable and support the caregiver to cultivate his practice and understanding

This would make an appropriate level of Tai Chi accessible to a maximum number of people on a regular basis, thus providing the proper degree of practice to the greatest number of individuals. At a minimum, a single Tai Chi instructor, teaching four seminars each day in a year to ten people (themselves able to pass on the learning to ten caregivers) could effectively allow 400 people to attain proper activity level.

Other Options

1. Transporting patients to a Tai Chi class: Besides timing problems with care homes and transport difficulties, a tai chi class would often include an hour or more of walking, standing, etc. which some patients would find impossible.

2. Recruiting a Tai Chi instructor to care homes: Impractical for reasons of cost and availability. Other problems that might crop up:

3. The patients might not feel it important to exercise when they think there’s no risk likely to affect their health. Tai Chi is basically a remedial therapy that takes a great deal of resource and personal motivation to achieve progress at a certain level. In other words – it is usually too late by the time it is needed. Practicing Tai Chi is a skill best learned before it is needed.

While the need is urgent, the motivation and time left to people to learn the skills of Tai Chi is sometimes short; hence, it is only practically to set a lower goal to maximize opportunities for achievement.

4. Communication problems are usually experienced by students in these situations, while communication from instructor to caregiver may be quite clear – caregivers should then be trained to convey information to their patients based on time availability, opportunity, relationship, and personal knowledge. As long as the messages are proper and simple, conveyance through caregivers may be a totally appropriate mode of communication given the constrained objectives.

5. Degree of personal capacity. Tai Chi is essentially learning to look after oneself. In a class environment, this is usually not understood easily since students in class may construe guidance as a command, so placing the responsibility for their education on the teacher. Caregivers may have a different perspective and are perhaps the best ones able to judge their patient’s ability – when to reassure, and when and how to do so and not to do so.

6. Having a bunch of vulnerable people together in class to give them enough time to practice daily or weekly practice can expend a whole lot of resource. One the other hand, getting able-bodied caregivers to periodic seminars is much more feasible and can generate a group of individuals that work in the caring community to teach appropriate Tai Chi to many more individuals (including perhaps chiropodists, hairdressers, relatives, physiotherapists, and even the entire staff of a care home). Professional caregivers who may be visiting might find this a suitable skill supplement. This situation can bring in the biggest “bang per buck” – or the most efficient use of resources.

7. Since the bulk of research pertaining to tai chi is mostly about short-term trials (like the 2011 falls prevention program that involved ten and fifteen weekly classes done at the Letchworth Center for Healthy Living) – we now know a comparatively small activity can generate highly meaningful benefits for the people concerned. We can also surmise, based on experience, that stronger benefits are attained with regular practice. Therefore, we may assume that a few daily periods of mindful practice are the best ways to attain the most rapid and best possible results.

8. Approach and Practice – On the onset, it may be enough to be simply motivated to perform Tai Chi exercises without knowing anything about it. Eventually however, it would be essential to cultivate the understanding that the exercises of Tai Chi are connected to a framework that allows people to grow based on a logical approach. Aside from helping maintain interest as “mystery” gives way to “science”, it is also important for a person to imbibe optimal benefits from the exercises themselves. Practice without the understanding and the thought that’s derived from tai chi can only obtain half the careful consideration, mindfulness, and package of the technique instead of completely developing/learning the practice.

How can such an approach materialize? A daily seminar program can convey Tai Chi awareness to caregivers within a day or two. Doing these seminars frequently can lead to the proper teaching and skill development of Tai Chi exercises, while at the same time developing a follow up program that include telephone, online, and face-to-face tutoring.

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24. January 2019 · Comments Off on Practicing Tai Chi Using The Tai Chi Chen Sword · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

When you are practicing Tai Chi Chen moves, you may use various types of Tai Chi weapons. When people think of Tai Chi Chen, they usually imagine people in a transitive state, sort of like in a stance, slowly moving in a sort of ritualistic dance. We often think that Tai Chi is just for old people who aren’t able to practice real martial arts. This is actually far from the truth. While movement is ritualistic and slow in Tai Chi Chen, it possesses a lot of spiritual, body, and mental benefits that can be actualized by beginners and experts alike. Most people, however, are unaware that Tai Chi can also be performed using a wide array of weapons. For example, the Tai Chi sword is a popular Kung Fu weapon that’s used in Tai Chi practice. The Tai Chi sword is used as an extension of your hands which transfers the energy from your body into the lethal weapon itself. It’s a marvelous option to the weaponless Tai Chi practice although care should be taken so that you don’t injure yourself while performing this very old oriental art form.

How to Use the Sword of Tai Chi Chen

For those learning Tai Chi Chen with the intent of using a Tai Chi sword, we do not recommend that you just pick up a weapon and start brandishing it around. You’ve got to follow certain fundamentals and techniques that accompany the use of the Tai Chi sword. Some of you may be learning Tai Chi through books and video tapes; however, learning from an actual Tai Chi master is the best way, bar none, to learn how to use a Tai Chi sword. There are several Tai Chi classes that can teach you how to practice using weapons, but that doesn’t certainly make them superior to the unarmed version. All are from the same martial art, although learning tai chi with a Tai Chi sword is a more advanced form of Tai Chi Chen.

Before anyone learns using the Tai Chi sword, they should first become well versed in the moves of Tai Chi. It’s only by learning the Tai Chi body, foot, and hand movements can anyone hope to integrate them whilst also wielding a sword at the same time. You can be taught how to use the other weapons involved with Tai Chi once you’ve become an expert at the unarmed version of Tai Chi movement. This includes the sword of Tai Chi and the other weapons of Tai Chi.

When you use the sword of Tai Chi, it’s just like practicing Tai Chi movements unarmed. You go through the ebb and flow of the mind and body’s natural energy, learning the yin and the yang, and the same fluid moves of Tai Chi. however, when you practice with the Tai Chi sword, it can help you to better understand a number of the Tai Chi movements itself. You’ll be able to transfer the energy into the sword’s blade, thinking of the sword as merely an extension of your arm. This will make it a very lethal and powerful weapon indeed.

The main reason why people practice with a sword is not so much they’re out to deliberately hurt someone with a weapon, it’s more of a way for them to meditate better where one gets in touch with their inner soul – spirit, body, and mind, as one cohesive unit. The sword merely turns into an extension of that and can function like a lightning rod, transferring effectively even more inner energy into a person’s body than they’d be able to realize with the unarmed version of this powerful art.

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12. April 2018 · Comments Off on The Value Of Tai Chi In Mastering The Qi Energy In Your Body · Categories: chinese medicine · Tags:

Taiji or Tai chi means the origin. According to Chinese tradition, there exists opposite forces in the universe at the time of creation. These forces are known as Yin and Yang and they interact with each other, and merge with different forces in the universe: the Earth, Fire, Water, Wood, and Metal energy. Yin and Yang bring creation into being with a variety of characteristics.

Various Qi gong schools perform exercises that apply the concept of Qi in the field of martial arts to master Qi and improve power, strength, and health. Qigong literally means the (art) of mastering Qi.

All of us live because our breath or Qi is active. You die when you stop breathing. Life’s characteristic is motion. Your body functions only because of the constant flow of nutrition, water, oxygen, blood, and Qi throughout the body. If the flow of your blood and Qi is smooth, you stay healthy. Qi is the life force that drives your life.

Hence, when one practices Qi Gong, he learns to master the energy or Qi in his body.

Qigong is the technique to master the Qi force in your body.

So, now that we know what Qigong is, we can ask is Tai chi? Most of us mistake Tai chi for Tai chi Quan which is the martial art that apples the principle of Tai chi to physical movements of the body, such as Tai chi 108 sets or Tai chi 24 sets. It is extremely helpful for improving self defense and health.

However, most Tai chi associations and schools today have unfortunately lost the art of Tai chi Qi gong which is the basis of Tai chi Quan. Most of the time, when people say they learn Tai chi, they refer to the external form of Tai chi Quan movements. Although the practice of Tai chi Quan is beneficial, one can benefit much more by knowing both Tai chi Quan and Tai chi Qigong.

This will lead us to Tai ji Gong, which is the total art of Tai chi, including Tai chi Knife, Tai chi Sword, Taichi Quan, and Tai chi Qigong and other Tai chi techniques established using the classic rules of Tai chi. Tai chi is the genuine art that we can trace back to millennia of genuine practitioners.

In learning Tai ji Gong to master the energy within your body, you need to first start with Tai chi Qi Gong. You’ll learn how to empower your energy and organs, replenish powerful energy from the universe, open your meridian channels, and detoxify any negative energy you have in the body.

After that, you can go forward in your learning of Tai chi Quan, as well as learning Tai chi Knife, Tai chi Sword, etc. The level of internal energy and the discipline required is different at each stage.

As one practices, he can progress to greater levels of Tai ji Gong mastery. You’ll be able to master your Qi, and will also help channel the Qi energy all over your body at any moment of Tai ji exercise. You’ll be able to rejuvenate your body, heal sickness significantly, and gain instant energy.

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05. April 2018 · Comments Off on Tai Chi Boosts The Immune System And Improves The Function Of The Lymphatic System · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags: ,

Tai Chi Chua means “the supreme” (Tai), “ultimate” (Chi) and “fist” (Chuan). Tai Chi Chuan is actually a type of martial art despite its being renowned as just a gentle form meditation exercise. Tai Chi is both powerful and effective when used as a martial art. It takes lots practice to even glean more so when you learn that in Tai Chi, the major aim is to use the power of your mind combined with the power and energy of your body to unleash force in whatever direction you want.

Tai Chi’s benefits are enormous and include enhanced well-being, balance, posture, circulation, and coordination. Since it is performed with a relaxed focus and in a slow manner, the nervous system becomes calmer which also makes you so. This contemplative effect allows you to gain a clearer perspective mentally and this can only be a huge advantage for you in today’s fast and frenetic world. Actually, the stress busting qualities of Tai Chi is one of the biggest reasons people decide to practice Tai Chi as it gives them a true sense of emotional, physical, and spiritual health and a calmer mind.

Tai Chi originated thousands of years ago and so it had quite a time to evolve and develop into the therapeutic and martial art technique we now know. This gradual course of change that tai chi has gone through over the millennia is reflected in the way it is practiced, i.e. at a contemplative pace with no need to hasten rush to finish its engrossing and intricate motions. Its flow and softness allow you relax, but a type of relaxation that rejuvenates your entire being. People buzz with Chi (vital energy) at the end of a Tai Chi class, as this technique promotes the flow of your Chi and blockages and tension just seem to melt away. It all sounds extremely beautiful and blissful, which it actually is although you may need to put a little effort in to it to gain great results.

It’s difficult to fully understand that something so elegant and graceful is sometimes used to defend you from physical attacks, but then again there is an old Chinese proverb that says ‘the best fighters are the ones that never fight.’ This means there is no need for conflict if there are no enemies externally or internally. Tai Chi is based on Taoist philosophy. This includes the principle that all conflict only gets worse if you fight force with force. To overcome any situation, Tai Chi teaches you to be flexible and yielding. This can reduce the potential for conflict leaving room for dialogue and negotiation.

When you make it a habit to practice tai chi on a daily basis, you have gained a significant advantage in the way you enhance the physical, mental, emotional, and physical aspects of your life.

Part of tai chi physiological aspect includes the influence it has on our joints, lymphatic system, and brain. Recent neurological studies have revealed that practicing tai chi spurs the brain to function more effectively. This in part is due to the increase of oxygenated blood going to the brain (as the breathing exercises performed in tai chi strengthens lung elasticity and capacity) and partly also due to the calming contemplative effect of tai chi which alters the frequency of the brains from normal active waking waves (beta waves) to awake and receptive between sleep waves that are associated with a better ability to remember and learn (alpha waves).

Partly responsible for the detoxification of blood, the lymphatic system is activated by tai chi’s gentle muscular work. The relaxed soft motions massage the lymph nodes boosts the immune system and improve the function of the lymphatic system. The parts of the body where pains and aches often occur are the joints and so it’s important at any age maintain healthy active joints. Because the load that the joints of the body have to bear is kept in strong alignment throughout, the function and health of the body is protected whilst the flow of blood in and around the joints is enhanced.

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29. March 2018 · Comments Off on Tai Chi And Its Qi Gong Origins · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags: ,

Initially Tai Chi began as a form of Chinese martial art totally different from the one practiced today. After hundreds of years, it gradually evolved to what we know and love as the graceful and smooth movements practiced by today’s Tai Chi masters. In fact, many of these masters are Europeans and not Chinese, although they have a deep devotion and love for this wonderful healing and mystical physical exercise that helps cultivate a total soul, body, and mind connection that increases inner peace, improves balance, tonifies, and rejuvenates.

Some of tai chi’s movements are almost meditative but incredibly strong as only an energetic, smooth, and quiet burst of pure energy can be. According to historians, Tai Chi is qi gong’s 2,500 year old descendant. It is the first Chinese self-defense healing art that helps foster inner peace. Would be attackers can be discerned and dealt with effectively, their threatening actions neutralized by an experienced and alert tai chi master who has knowledge in the use of technique of internal energy. He uses it to divert attacks by drawing just a small amount of his own energy to neutralize an attacker using a larger amount of force.

What is Qi?

The Chinese believe in the existence of life energy in the universe and the body they call Qi (pronounced chee). This Qi is believed to exist on a continuous interaction of five life-giving elements (namely earth, wood, water, metal, and fire). This belief connects all the organs of the body in much the same way as Qi’s five aspects. According to traditional Chinese belief, Qi is the inner bodily energy or life force that circulates within our bodies through energy channels called meridians. When this circulation moves freely and smoothly and qi is balanced due to the correct interface of all the five elements in the body, the body experiences optimum health.

What is Qigong?

Tai chi is believed to have come from Qigong, a discipline that integrates movement, breathing, and mind achieving a balance of peaceful energy that can be applied to fields of self-defense, professional endeavors, and leisure. Similar to Yoga, a very well-known type of holistic health principle and meditative exercise, Qigong has over 3,000 forms apart from the five major traditions that include medical, martial arts, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism. This ancient Chinese art can be further sub-divided into “hard” and “soft” of which the latter qigong (also known as inner qigong) combines tai chi into one form.

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14. December 2017 · Comments Off on The Healing and Martial Aspects of Tai Chi · Categories: Acupuncture, chinese medicine · Tags:

The gentle and soft internal martial art of Tai Chi can and ought to be performed in a flowing way for all practitioners regardless of age. Nowadays, in East Asia and especially in China, more and more people over 50 years of age are taking up Tai Chi while the younger generations are not that interested in taking up this ancient healing art.

Tai Chi has been practiced for about 3,000 years. New medical studies show that Tai Chi and qi gong (Tai Chi is considered a complete form qigong) benefit the health of people practicing them. Total recuperation from health conditions ranging from the common cold to cancer has been recorded through constant performing of Tai Chi.

Arthritis can also be controlled by practicing Tai Chi. In order to get the best possible benefits from this exercise, you need to learn it from a well-experienced teacher, who has more than a decade of experience and has been trained by a well-known Chinese master with verifiable “lineage”. This will make sure that what you learn is real Tai Chi which will lead to a healthier body, clearer mind, and stable recovery from any health problems you may be currently experiencing.

In English, Tai Chi chuan translates to “paramount optimum fist”. Tai Chi is all about cultivating the spirit, body, mind, and energy. The last is a concept that has no equivalent in the West. The energy referred to is called chi or internal energy. It exists in the body from birth and is derived from the food and air we take in. There is also such a thing as external energy and this is the energy of the universe. When we practice Tai Chi, we build up the chi in our bodies which then leads to the improvement of our health. This is the medical side to Tai Chi practice. Tai Chi also has a martial arts side in which we learn how to utilize external energy for defense.

Although Tai Chi has been practiced for 3,000 years, it actually has been invented 5,000 years ago by a Taoist monk named Chang Seng Feng. His knowledge was allegedly passed by a group of people believed to have been 7 ft tall to the ancient Chinese people. These tall people were called “the children of reflected light” and according to legend they taught the art of Tai Chi to the Chinese. This contributed greatly to the advance of Chinese civilization 3,000 year ago as depicted in silk items and porcelain unearthed by archaeologists.

It was believed that Chang Seng Feng designed Tai Chi based on observations of nature. He was an eyewitness to a fight between a snake and a crane and closely observed the striking and yielding qualities of these two creatures. This is reflected in the way Tai Chi is performed which is an ever changing and slow manner much like the “flow of a river” that leads to greater health and longevity. Who moves fast and quick? Is it the elephant or the tortoise? How long do these animals live? To increase the likelihood of us living long lives, should we not then relax and slow down our lives like these long-living creatures do?

In Tai Chi exercises, we mimic the movements of several animals. We perform a series of postures or movements or postures that flow into each other. These strengthening and stretching exercises each come with poetic names: Fair Lady Weaving the Shuttles, Golden Cock Standing on One Leg, White Crane Spreading Its Wings, etc.

Tai Chi boosts blood flow and is an extremely healthy exercise. It can be used to help heart attack patients recover. Tai Chi includes movement, breathing, stretching of ligaments, tendons, and muscles and internal massage of the organs of the body. It is important to keep a clear mind when practicing and because the exercise is not strenuous (anaerobic) the person can feel energy flowing in the body and can feel energized after proper practice. There is no need to overdo the exercise. The two most important things to consider in Tai Chi are to practice it every day and to take total responsibility for your health.

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30. November 2017 · Comments Off on Tai Chi Is A Prime Example Of Chinese Heritage And Culture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The system of Chinese Movements related with mental peace and health other than physical fitness has a very long history that goes as far back as 2,500 years ago. Tai Chi was created to provide human beings with a peaceful life and keep them healthy. This type of physical meditation has movements that have been developed by several ancient dynasties of China.

The art of Tai Chi Chuan was initially developed by Chan San Feng that was then continued by Chang Sung Chi. The forms of Tai Chi were made by Chen Chou Tung and Wang Chung Yuet for which they established the Southern School of Tai Chi while the Northern School was founded by Chiang Fe. Some of the forms and movements related to with Tai Chi were also developed by Cheng Yung Heng. The old Tai Chi school was founded in 1771 by Chen Yau Pun while Tai Chi Chen Gen Yur was founded by Cheng Chang Hsing. Sometime after, the Yang School for Tai Chi was established by Yang Lu-Chan.

It is also worth mentioning that the legendary founder of Tai Chi was a monk from the Wu Tang Monastery. The basic “thirteen postures” of Tai Chi was developed by Yin Yang. In 1600 B.C., Taoism was born.

The emperor Fu Hsi Huang Ti and great philosophers of the Han dynasty periods like Chang Tsu and Lao Tsu have also contributed significantly to the development of Tai Chi. Wang Ching Yuch and Feng of the Ming and Sung dynasty as well as Yang Lu Chan of Ching dynasty have been greatly responsible for the increase of popularity and the improvement of the forms and movements of Tai Chi. In Liand and Cheng-Mang Ching during the modern era have been mainly responsible for the upkeep of this glorious and ancient art of China. All the Chinese emperors are chronologically responsible for the key progress of Tai Chi. This type of physical meditation is not only a way to mental peace and physical growth it is the culture of China itself, as a whole. It is a prime example of Chinese heritage and culture.

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