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Tai Chi


What began in the 5th Century with a Buddhist monk’s desire to help priests move more and strengthen their physical bodies, evolved through a more “fighting”  style in the 1600-1800’s, and finally developed into the slow, meditative movements today known as Tai Chi. One does not have to learn Chinese, convert to the Daoist religion, nor take a pilgrimage to Guangfu, the birthplace of Tai Chi in order to experience some of the many health benefits by adding this form of exercise into your regimen.

Many scientific studies have been conducted (example Mayo Clinic) and research have been conclusive as to the physical and mental benefits which can be experienced with a regular practice of Tai Chi. These physical benefits include:

  • Improved aerobic capacity

  • Increased energy and stamina

  • Improved flexibility, balance and agility

  • Improved muscle strength and definition

  • Enhanced quality of sleep

  • Enhanced functioning of the immune system

  • Reduction in blood pressure

  • Reduction in joint pain

  • Improved symptoms of congestive heart failure

  • Reduction in the risk of falls in older adults

  • Improvement seen with chronic conditions including Fibromyalgia,

  • Parkinson disease, osteoarthritis, COPD, and others

  • Improved bone mineral density

Mental and emotional benefits include:

  • Decreased stress, anxiety, and depression

  • Improved mood

  • Improved overall well-being

  • Increased mental focus

  • Improvement in working memory/executive function

  • Social enjoyment and interaction

Because Tai Chi is a low-impact form of exercise, it is beneficial for people with existing joint

issues, as well as for those who want to avoid joint problems in the future. It can be practiced

anytime, anywhere, no equipment necessary, and at any age, even for someone who has never

exercised on a regular basis in the past. “There is considerable evidence that Tai Chi has positive

health benefits: physical, psycho-social and therapeutic. Furthermore, Tai Chi does not only consist

of a physical component, but also sociocultural, meditative components that are believed to contribute

to overall well-being. It is recommended as a strategy to promote successful aging.” (Yau, MK)

DRESS CODE: Comfortable clothing, sweats, yoga pants, tights/leotard, barefoot or soft shoes (ballet, jazz, athletic, but non-stick soles)



"Tai Chi helps me balance physically and spiritually.

The forms teach us to be mindful of all aspects of body awareness, breathing, and balance.

It was the natural shift of weight and correlation that comes with a change of direction so that I was balancing on the correct leg and not fumbling

 (deflect/intercept/ punch AND the 180 •turn for kick/box)" ~ Marcia

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