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Why do T'ai Chi?

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People are generally attracted to Tai Chi for some of the following reasons:

• Relaxation & Health

• Physical development & Coordination

• Self Defence

• Self-development & Inner Growth

Relaxation and Health

Any stress in our daily lives can be stored in the muscles as tension. Tension in a muscle restricts its movements. T'ai Chi builds in a reflex of relaxation which not only helps to release these tensions, but also prevents many of them from forming.
The postures and movements help the body to release tension in the muscles and encourage flexibility in the joints.  The slow shifting of weight from foot to foot strengthens the legs and helps the circulation of blood through the body: the legs are considered the 2nd pulmonary pump as the contraction of the muscles helps the movement of blood back up to the heart, thus reducing its workload. The feet are flat on the ground and the form is practised low, with the knees relaxed, developing our stability and balance. The spine is straight, improving our posture.
T'ai Chi also offers support for the health of the Internal Organs. Often, due to faulty posture, the organs can become cramped.  The "straightness of posture" we develop in T'ai Chi offers room for the organs to find their place.  With the movements of T'ai Chi gently massaging the organs, the circulation, mobility, and health of the organs is improved.  The movements of T’ai Chi increase flexibility of the muscles and the joints, and the requirement to stand on one leg strengthen these muscles dramatically including strengthening the bones due to T’ai Chi being a weight bearing exercise.
Since T'ai Chi movements are gentle, they can be perfected by people of any age.  T’ai Chi does not depend upon youthful strength, but rather on balance and relaxation; skills that we develop as we practise T’ai Chi.  As we become older our skill keeps growing and growing.  Professor Cheng, at 70 years old, was an unexcelled master at T'ai Chi; no amount of youthful strength or force could push or unbalance him.
Growing older is often accompanied by stiffening of joints. Arthritis is a well known extreme of this. T'ai Chi, on the other hand, works slowly and gently, without injury, to flex each of the joints and to restore their range of movements to full capacity. In this way, T'ai Chi reverses the process of aging and stiffening of the joints.

Physical development & Coordination

The practice of T'ai Chi on the physical-level, dramatically improves balance, posture, and coordination. All of which reflect favourably on both physical and mental health. Many people are attracted to T'ai Chi because they have seen it performed. It looks so beautiful and graceful a dance ... expressive. In fact, many dancers find that in learning T'ai Chi, their balance improves, their coordination of movements deepens, and they enjoy their movements more. T'ai Chi is based upon very precise principles, such as internal balance & straightness, alignment with gravity, and relaxation. The goal is to bring these principles also into the movements we make in our daily lives.

Self Defence

T'ai Chi as an art of self-defence is based on softness, yielding/listening and balance. Some people are attracted to the idea of being able to defend oneself, or to practice a martial art. These things come naturally, as a by-product of regular practice in principles and the T'ai Chi Form. Practice, keep looking for principle in your movements, and your awareness will develop naturally. Then, after the Form has been learned and corrected, we start learning the practice of "Push-Hands" which begins to focus more specifically in this area.

Self-development & Inner Growth

T’ai Chi leads to a feeling of being more centred and able to deal with our lives, it develops "Straightness of Character". With the practice of T'ai Chi, one's awareness of oneself deepens. You begin to develop a sense of balance and harmony in your life.


Last Updated ( Friday, 10 April 2015 09:38 )  
Why do T'ai Chi?