What is Tai Chi (Taijiquan)?
Taijiquan or Tai Chi Chuan is part of the traditional Chinese arts of keeping fit, self-defence and improving one's physical and mental well being. It is usually known in the west as simply Tai Chi. Taiji means supreme, ultimate, quan (chuan) means martial arts.
Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) has been practiced for hundreds of years and is known as one of the most effective self-defense Chinese Martial arts systems. The subject of Yin Yang theory, the principles of inter-changing emptiness and solidness, softness and hardness as well as motion interacting with stillness consisted in Tai Ji, have captivated the imagination of people seeking harmonious existence with nature and their quest for further understanding of the universe and its relationship to mankind.
The creation of Tai Ji Quan was based on the Daoist principle of Tranquility and harmony with nature, the Buddhist ideal of everything start and results in emptiness as well as the Confucious philosophy of centredness. It also possesses the important Qigong element of Path Guiding and respiring into leading efficient Qi flow. It is truly the Dao of spiritual being and physical advancement.
Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi) is now regarded by millions of people as a pathway to the study of Philosophy, to an understanding of health from the view of Chinese Medicine, to the practice of Daoism and to the core principles of life-nurturing study.
Some of the great benefits of Tai Ji Quan practice include;
1) Improve concentration and relieve stress
2) Enhance coordination and improve balance
3) Regulate blood pressure and boost functions of the heart and build a healthy heart.
4) Encourage energy (Qi) flow and blood circulation to boost organs functions and help treat chronic conditions
5) Increase bone density to avoid or improve Osteoporosis
6) Stimulate the production of Synovial fluid and enhance joints mobility, help ease, and improve Arthritis.
7) Strengthen muscle tones and elasticity of the cartilage and tendons
Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan) is being introduced to hospitals and communities in China as a complementary treatment for all types of medical conditions as well as exercise for post-operation recovery and rehabilitation.
It is an art suitable for people of all ages, all level of physical fitness. whether it's for self defense, health and fitness, and stress and relaxation management, there is something one can benefit from.
Why Tai Chi?
The way we move and breath, stand and walk, and even sit, can have a positive effect on our general health. There are very few of us today who do not spend much of our time feeling tense. The hectic pace of modern living and lack of exercise leaves us tired and exhausted.
You need some form of exercise that gently and steadily relaxes the body, and most importantly refreshes the mind. You need to be able to develop your spiritual and emotional resilience so that you can put the demand of life in proper perspective and not to be overwhelmed by them.
Furthermore, conventional exercises only build muscles and bones but lack or have little strengthening effects on the internal part of our body. An exercise is needed to develop both physical and mental, external and internal health of our body. As a highly beneficial daily health care programme best known for its' unique body and mind relaxing, stamina building, internal as well as external health enhancing effects. Tai Chi can help you achieve well-being and balance of your life.
What is Qigong?
Qigong (also known as Chi Kung or Chi Gong) is one of the oldest exercises in Chinese History, dating back more than a thousand years. It is also one of the most popular exercises in the world today, practised by tens of thousands of people. Qigong is a mind and body workout, and seeks to stimulate the flow of Qi (or Chi, the elemental life force) along the energy channels and meridians throughout the body. It offers a practical, effective and long-term solution to deal with the stress of modern living.
Tai Chi relaxes you, and uplifts you. It refreshes your mind, and energises your body. It soothes your heart, and enriches your soul. One of the main attractions of Qigong is that it is EASY to learn, and can be adapted to different physical abilities, regardless of fitness level and age. It can be performed walking, standing, sitting or even lying down
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