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Meditation in Motion
Practiced by over 300 million people world wide, T’ai Chi Chuan (Taiji Quan) is a Chinese “soft” or “internal” martial art, designed to create a deep sense of unity of body, mind and soul and also healing. Its coordinated, posturally correct body movements and breathing, in addition to physical improvement, focus on the cultivation of internal energy and harmony referred to as ‘Qi' or ‘Chi'.
These movements (or Form) appear rhythmical, effortless and in continuous flow, and bring a deep sense of richness and unity of life to those who practice them. Translated “T’ai Chi” means “Supreme of the Ultimate”, “Chuan” means “Fist” or martial art/health exercise.
Qi Gong (Chi Kung) is a series of simple static exercises, translated “Gong” means “Exercise”. Often used as a precursor to the T’ai Chi Forms, they promote the cultivation and control of Qi, and improves posture, breathing and concentration.
For over 3000 years they have been documented as beneficial for health.
T’ai Chi is a unique art, and one that brings benefits in many areas. It will harmonise the mind, body and spirit, by promoting both mental and physical well-being through exercise, softness and controlled relaxation. Unlike most forms of exercise and sport, T’ai Chi does not rely on strength, force or speed, making it ideal for people of both sexes, young and old alike, whether strong or weak.
T’ai Chi is NOT an easy cure-all, a guaranteed stress-reliever, or universal panacea for all ills.
It requires dedication, concentration and discipline to perfect and to optimise the benefits. Superficial effects will be felt after the first lesson, however even the simplest short form will take at least 10 weeks of daily practice to learn the movements and to start to realise the full deeper meaning.
T’ai Chi WILL however reward tenfold any effort put into its practice, and because of its mind/body control is especially good for effective relaxation and stress relief. You’re never too old or infirm to start T’ai Chi practice and once “hooked” it will become a lifetime experience .
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