What is Tai Chi?

Core Principles of  T'ai Chi Ch'uan:   Relax,  Body Upright,  Separate Weight,  Flexible Waist,  Beautiful Ladies Hands

Mindfulness-Awareness Practice and Motion

The addition of Mindfulness Practices incorporated during the beginners instruction of tai chi allow participants to feel some of its benefits very quickly. We learn how to be more present, fully,  right now, in the body, while moving through life.

Taoist

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art and health exercise based on Taoist philosophy that emphasizes deep relaxation of mind and body.

Prana - Breath

Tai Chi encourages a deep pattern of breathing with the flow of movements, increasing relaxation as well as vitality.

Balance & Stability

Tai Chi promotes core and leg strength, improves balance and helps in the prevention of falls.

A Choreographed Sequence

Tai Chi moves are choreographed and carried out in a set sequence. In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, you go without pausing through a series of choreographed motions called postures.

Whole Body Wellness

Regular practice brings about a sense of wellbeing, boosts blood circulation, and increases the mobility of joints. It stretches and tones muscles, ligaments and tendons and improves posture.

Relax, Relax, Relax

The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed.

Tai Chi is for everyone!

Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.  Come to class and find out how we can adapt it just for you.

The Five Principles

Tai Chi movements are all scripted around Five Principles introduced by Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing seen at left and above in the sequence photos.


Scholarly Articles on the Researched Benefits of Tai Chi


Tai Chi on psychological well-being: systematic review and meta-analysis- BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine


The Effect of Tai Chi on Health Outcomes in Patients With Chronic Conditions

-From the Center for Clinical Evidence Synthesis, Division of Clinical Care Research, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Boston, Mass & The American Medical Association