Benefits of Tai Chi
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that is both a form of self-defense and a meditative practice. It was inspired by the philosophical principles of Taoism and Confucianism. Legend has it that it was first practiced in Taoist and Buddhist monasteries in the 12th Century. Today, it has become popular across the world, especially in cities such as Vancouver, Portland, and San Francisco.
The practice involves slow, flowing movements and focuses on breathing techniques. It is often described as “meditation in motion”. Ancient practitioners claimed that it brought a sense of balance and peaceful focus to the body and mind. Many hospitals, clinics, and community centres today have adopted this practice in support of its health benefits. Modern research have proved that it improves muscle strength, flexibility, and balance.
Tai Chi is said to unblock the flow of energy (Qi) and open internal circulation. It is applied with internal power, and the objective is to control breathing and focus the mind on the slow movements of the practice, connecting the body and mind. It enables a state of mental calmness and clarity, relieving stress. Those who practice Tai Chi benefit from overall well-being and better sleep quality.
Vancouver is home to many Tai Chi schools where you can learn this ancient practice and develop a more focused mind and a healthier body.
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