Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese mind-body relaxation exercise consisting of 108 intricate exercise sequences performed in a slow relaxed manner over a 30 minute period. TheChinese characters for Tai Chi Chuan can be translated as the 'Supreme Ultimate Force'. The notion of 'supreme ultimate' is often associated with the Chinese concept of yin-yang, the notion that onecan see a dynamic duality (male/female, active/passive, dark/light, forceful/yielding, etc.) in all things. This form of Chinese exercise uses slow and deliberate movement, as well as meditation. TaiChi may calm the nerves, tone muscles, and balance one's internal energy. In addition, the regular practice of Tai Chi may even slow down the aging process, help one to maintain agility, and promoteand enhance the internal functions of the body. This low impact exercise can be done anywhere as it requires no equipment or special clothing.
Tai Chi practice
We get lots of questions about how tocope with your Tai Chi practice.
The first thing to say is that it is a good idea to practice for at least 15 minutes every day. As with many other physical activities practicing frequently isbetter than having a mammoth 2 hour session all in one go.
Here are some of the more frequently asked questions about practicing. But above all relax and enjoy yourself.
If you have arthritis or arestiff you will know when your joints are at their best and you might want to do the Tai Chi warm up exercises - just to get you going.
How long will my Tai Chi practice take?
Ideally youwant to be able to practice your Tai Chi for 15 minutes a day - in three 5 minute chunks if you absolutely have to - you could work on an individual movement or practice weight shifting or breathing.It is much better to practice a few exercises well than do lots badly. Sometimes with forms you need to be able to get from one end to the other. A lot will depend on your personality and learning...