What is Tai Chi

Tai Chi is the practice of slow deliberate movements that combine mental concentration and physical fitness.  It can be practiced by people of all ages, skill sets and physical fitness levels.  The gentle movements have low impact on the joints and are easy to learn.

Although Tai Chi is a martial art, it is mostly practiced today for the vast health benefits which come from the deep relaxation and breathing that bring internal awareness to both mind and body.  The principles of Tai Chi are based on the philosophy of Yin Yang, the Five Element Theory and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Tai Chi is a holistic approach to wellness including mind, body, and spirit.  It offers a natural alternative treatment to many common health problems.

Why Study Tai Chi

Tai Chi offers a unique form of exercise that helps to maintain and develop stability, balance and flexibility. 

It is an exercise that can be beneficial for everyone.  Including those who are in top physical condition to elderly people with a reduced range of motion.

Several studies have shown that daily practice of Tai Chi can help reduce stress, anxiety and improvements in cognitive abilities. 

Tai Chi is founded on a principle of softness overcoming hardness.  No matter what physical shape a person is in, their physical tension can be reduced through the intentional practice of Tai Chi, thus increasing their strength and stability.

Benefits of Tai Chi

Health benefits of Tai Chi are plentiful.  They not only help with balance and flexibility but can also help prevent and manage a wide range of more serious issues.  Tai Chi is a whole body exercise that requires coordination and balance. 

The small muscles around the joints and ligaments are engaged in a way to help the natural flow of energy and blood circulation in the body.  Often times our joints and muscles become stagnate which hinders our body’s natural flow of energy which can lead to or cause other issues.  Daily practice of moving and stretching the body in a gentle way can help maintain that natural flow.

Tai Chi is a holistic approach to wellness including mind, body and spirit. It offers a natural alternative treatment to many common problems.

Health benefits of regular practice of Tai Chi include:

  • Diabetes Control

  • Increased Balance

  • Pain Reduction

  • Mental Health

  • Stress and Anxiety Reduction

  • Improvement in Cardiovascular diseases

  • Depression Relief

  • Osteoporosis of the Knee

  • Quality of Sleep

  • Treatment of PTSD

  • Increase Coordination

  • Mental Health

Fight Covid-19 with Tai Chi

Boosting immunity is the only weapon to fight COVID-19.  The rapid spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has sparked alarm worldwide.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a pandemic, and countries are grappling with a rise in confirmed cases.  This is a disease that has no absolute treatment so far.  The so-called cure is just improving the patient’s immunity to resist the virus.  Immunity becomes the only weapon to fight the virus.  So what can do to improve immunity?

Doctors in China who are on the front lines of infectious disease containment and mitigation are using Traditional Chinese Medicine and tai chi to boost patients’ immunity to fight COVID-19.  A UCLA research study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics in 2007 showed that practicing tai chi might have a strong effect on the immune system because it manages to bring exercise, relaxation, and meditation together in “one behavioral intervention” the researcher said.  They theorized that tai chi enhances T cells (the white blood cells that fight infection) activity and in this way boost immunity.

International Yang Family Tai Chi Association

Yang Family Tai Chi is the most popular tai chi style in the world.  It is known for its large graceful movements and many health benefits.  Grand Master Yang Jun is the 6th Generation direct descendant of the founder of Yang Style Tai Chi, Yang Lu Chan. He has been trained by his grandfather, Master Yang Zhen Duo, since age 5 to carry-on the Yang Family traditions.

In 1998 Grandmasters Yang Zhenduo and Yang Jun established the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association with the mission of bringing Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan practitioners together and promoting a system to share the family’s standard of practice of Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan worldwide to help humankind.

Chris Wilson is an Associate Instructor in the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association under the direction of Grand Master Yang Jun.