T'ai Chi Cuan & Chi Kung
UNDERSTANDING TAI CHI
Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. To do tai chi, you perform a series of postures or movements in a slow manner. Forms and exercises include rhythmic patterns of movement that are coordinated with breathing.
The concentration required for tai chi forces you to live in the present moment, putting aside distressing thoughts and helping you achieve a sense of inner calm.
TAI CHI FORMS - consists of a sequence of movements performed slowly, softly and gracefully with smooth and even transitions between them.
TAI CHI EXERCISES - we train exercises from Tai Chi, outside of the forms, to focus on different aspects of wellness. This also allows new students to learn basic moves and gain the health benefits from Tai Chi without having to remember an entire form.
WHO CAN DO TAI CHI
Tai Chi is available to everyone, regardless of ability, age, belief system or life circumstances. Our forms and exercises are gentle, low impact and suitable for everyone. You may also find tai chi appealing because it requires no special equipment and can be done indoors or out, alone or in a group, or sitting in a chair.
WHY GIVE TAI CHI A TRY
Tai chi can help reduce stress by bringing mind and body together in a calm state. During class, you focus on movement and breathing. Stress, anxiety and tension melt away as you focus on the present. The effects may last well after class is done.
Despite its long history, tai chi has been studied scientifically only in recent years. Preliminary evidence suggests that tai chi offers numerous benefits beyond stress reduction, including:
- Reducing anxiety and depression
- Improving flexibility and muscle strength
- Improving sleep quality
- Lowering blood pressure
- Relieving chronic pain
- Increasing energy, endurance and agility
- Improving overall feelings of well-being
GETTING STARTED WITH TAI CHI
Our qualified instructors will help you gain the full benefits of Tai Chi. Learn proper techniques and discover the underlying philosophy and history from knowledgeable instructors. We can show you how to practice tai chi safely, especially if you have an injury or chronic condition. Many of our students enjoy the social and friendly group setting as well!