What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi consists of slow, low impact movements of the limbs and torso, coordinated with conscious breathing. It is one form of Chinese Martial Arts that was originally developed for self-defense, and to keep military personnel in shape when they were not fighting. It now is practiced by millions of people around the world for health and longevity. Click on the following link for a video of Instructor Simus practicing Tai Chi. /blog.html
The three most well known styles of Tai Chi are the Yang, Chen and Wu styles. Of the three styles, Yang Style Tai Chi is the one most widely taught and practiced and is the style taught at Golden Mountain Tai Chi.
Part of the beauty of Tai Chi is that it can be learned and practiced by anyone at any age, and can be tailored to the capabilities of the student. This is especially important for seniors, or people with physical challenges, that would otherwise hesitate to become involved in physical movement.
The most apparent benefit of Tai Chi is stress reduction through increased relaxation and focus. It has also been proven to create better balance, strength, bone density, mental acuity, memory, metabolism, and heart/lung fitness.
Studies have shown that Tai Chi is therapeutic for chronic pain, balance problems, high blood pressure, arthritis and osteoporosis. The practice of Tai Chi has beneficial effects on the central nervous system, which makes it advantageous for people with depression, anxiety, insomnia, trouble walking and problems with falling.
There is some evidence that Tai Chi may also increase brain volume and protect us from memory problems. Those Senior Citizens who regularly practice Tai Chi demonstrate better coordination, flexibility, strength, endurance and a significantly reduced risk of falls.
For more information about the benefits of ongoing Tai Chi practice, see the National Institutes of Health “A Comprehensive Review of Health Benefit of Qigong and Tai Chi” (Janke et al., 2010). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3085832/
Click on “Programs” for more information on the Tai Chi curriculum taught at Golden Mountain Tai Chi.