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An effective means of alleviating stress & anxiety, this ‘meditation in motion’ promotes inner peace, greater awareness. Tai Chi is known for important health benefits.
“In various recent studies and reviews, tai chi has been found to improve practitioners’ balance, leg strength, cardiovascular endurance, pulse rate, muscular flexibility, immune system response, sleep habits, happiness, sense of self-worth, & ability to concentrate & multitask during cognitive tests.” -“Ask Well: What Are the Benefits of Tai Chi?” By Gretchen Reynolds
Practice consists of: Qigong, Silk Reeling, Tai Chi Formwork, & Push Hands.
Qigong (Chee – Gohng) – Breath Training: Literally meaning, “Breath Work,” Qigong is a cornerstone in many Asian disciplines. Similar to Pranayama in Yoga, Qigong training teaches one to regulate the breath, and therefore the body, through specific exercises and techniques.
Silk Reeling (Chan Si Jing): Silk Reeling refers to any of a series of repetitive spiraling movements which teach a deep level of coordination and relaxation. Through this practice students learn to move the body as a coherent, whole–when one part moves, all parts move. These exercises are the foundation for the movements in Tai Chi.
Formwork (Tao Lu): A form is a set series of movements which are linked together and practiced continuously in a predetermined order. Forms form an idea and, in Tai Chi, continue the work begun with Qigong and Silk Reeling practices – further developing coordination, proper body mechanics (Shen Fa in Chinese), and adding a new dimension to practice.
Push Hands (Tui Shou): The term “Push Hands” refers to any number of 2-person exercises practiced primarily in Tai Chi. Through proper Push Hands training a student takes the mechanics, focus, coordination, and relaxation initially developed through solo practice and learns to work with another person, utilizing their skills under positive pressure and with feedback from their partner.
If Qigong is the alphabet, Silk Reeling exercises are words, and a Tai Chi form is a paragraph expressing a complete thought – then Push Hands is a conversation between two practitioners.