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Put simply, chi is the energy which gives life. Strong chi makes a person feel totally alive, alert and present, while weak chi results in sluggishness, fatigue and agitation. By continued practice of Tai Chi (or Qigong) in our classes, you can increase and develop your chi to overcome illness, become more vibrant and enhance your mental capacity.
People of all ages and fitness levels around the world practice Tai Chi (and Qigong) as a part of their healthy lifestyles. As you perform Tai Chi, three major components are working together:
Students feel the earth beneath their feet, sink their weight into the ground, and maintain good body alignment to promote stability and balance. Movements flow from one to another, like water, with body weight shifting in a controlled and balanced manner. The body core is engaged but remains flexible. The upper body generally maintains a feeling of lightness, although short bursts of power are characteristic in some Tai Chi styles.
With the flow of the movements, students exhale stale air and toxins from the lungs, and inhale a plentitude of fresh air, which stretches the muscles involved in breathing and releases tension. The body is therefore supplied with fresh oxygen and nutrients.
While performing the controlled movements, students keep their mind calm and alert, concentrating on the inner self. Tai Chi is sometimes referred to as “stillness within motion”.
These three components of movement, deep breathing and meditation have the health benefits of:
Many other health benefits of Tai Chi have been documented for centuries, and include: