Chief Instructor [1st Dan - Karate, Tai Chi]View Details
Tue, Thu, Fri 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm
Tai chi is often described as "meditation in motion," but it might also be called "medication in motion." There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice originated in China as a martial art and has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can begin even if you aren't in peak physical condition or in the best health.
In this low-impact, slow-motion workout, you move through a series of motions with unique names like "a white crane spreads its wings," "a snake creeps down," "a golden rooster stands on one leg," "a repulse monkey," "a fair lady weaves a shuttle," "box both ears," "retreat to ride a tiger," "wave hands like clouds," and so on.
As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention—as in some meditation—on your bodily sensations. Tai chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced; the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed; the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched. Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the fittest persons to people who use wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.
Tai chi is low impact exercise that puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. It is especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.
You may also find tai chi appealing because it's inexpensive and requires no special equipment. You can do tai chi anywhere, including indoors or outside. And you can do tai chi alone or in a group class.
Although tai chi is generally safe, women who are pregnant or people with joint problems, back pain, fractures, severe osteoporosis or a hernia should consult their health care provider before trying tai chi. Modification or avoidance of specific postures may be recommended.