The Benefits of Tai Chi for Exercise. Why try tai chi?
When learned correctly and performed regularly, tai chi can be a positive part of an overall approach to improving your health.
Decreased stress, pain, stiffness, and anxiety.
Increased aerobic capacity.
Increased energy and stamina.
Increased flexibility, balance, and agility.
Increased muscle strength and definition.
Greater awareness, calmness, and overall sense of well-being.
Some evidence indicates that tai chi for exercise also may help:
Enhance the quality of sleep
Enhance the immune system
Lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure
Improve joint pain
Improve symptoms of congestive heart failure
Improve overall well-being in older adults
Reduce the risk of falls in older adults
Medical research has found evidence that tai chi for exercise is helpful for improving balance and for general psychological health, and that it is associated with general health benefits in older people. Medical studies of tai chi support its effectiveness as an alternative exercise.
It is purported that focusing the mind solely on the movements of the form helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity.
Qigong versus tai chi
Qigong involves coordinated movement, breath, and awareness used for health, meditation, and martial arts training. While many scholars and practitioners consider tai chi to be a type of qigong, the two are commonly distinguished as separate but closely related practices, with qigong playing an important role in training for tai chi, and with many tai chi movements performed as part of qigong practice. The focus of qigong is typically more on health or meditation than martial applications.
Tai Zhang Dao teaches you how to use an ordinary cane for personal protection and self-defense when you are away from home.