7 Benefits of Tai Chi

7 Benefits of Tai Chi

By James Arthur Warren

Tai Chi is a graceful series of body movements from ancient China. It is a flowing and focused, non-competitive exercise accompanied by deep breathing. Tai Chi is also called Tai chi chuan and has many different styles each emphasising different principles and methods.

The seven benefits of Tai Chi are:

1 No equipment is required.  

Unlike yoga which needs a yoga mat, Tai Chi require no equipment Tai Chi also requires little space. This means Tai Chi can be practiced anywhere, anytime. If you live in a small apartment or during your lunch break it is easy to find a space large enough to practice Tai Chi.

2 Good for your joints.

Tai Chi is  good for your joints, especially your smaller joints. The movements in Tai Chi ensures that your joints move in all directions increasing movement and flexibility. Tai chi is better than more repetitive movements like running which only exercise some joints in some directions. Tai chi movements involve a large range of movements of many joints.

3 Good for sleep.

Tai Chi should be practiced in the morning, out facing the sun. A Flinders university study “have shown that evening bright light stimulation is beneficial. It delays their rhythms, delays their final awakening, and increases their total amount of sleep” [1] The blue light in the early morning stimulates your brains and is good for your sleep quality and enhances your biorhythms.

4 Enhance your energy.

Tai Chi gets the energy, known as “chi” flowing more efficiently the body.

5 Good for your circulatory system.

Tai Chi is good for increasing the blood flow to the fine capillaries in your extremities like fingers and toes

6  Improves your patience.

The movements of Tai Chi are performed in a slow and deliberate manner. At the same time a focusing on slow movement, focus on breathing is required. Tai Chi can’t be hurried or rushed. As the preying mantis said to the hungry grasshopper jumping about looking for food, “Patience grasshopper”

7 It makes you happier

Tai Chi makes you happier because you commune with god. There is a saying that goes “when you do Tai Chi, you do it with God” There are 108 movements of Taoist Tai Chi and once learnt you allow your body and movements to be guided intuitively by God.

Bonus Benefit:

Tai Chi is for all ages. Yes. People of all ages can do Tai Chi and benefit.

[1] http://www.flinders.edu.au/sabs/psychology/research/labs/sleep/bas.cfm

[2] Image 

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