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An Introduction to Tai Chi

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  • Interesting! Thank you.
  • I wonder if I can learn from a DVD instead attending a group which is far away!🙄
  • WONDER IF I COULD DO SOME OF THESE FROM A CHAIR
  • I live in Washington state state, where recreational marijuana became legal a year or two ago. (Sometimes now, when I'm bored while driving around Seattle, I count to see whether the marijuana shops outnumber the Starbucks: it's usually a tie.) When I saw the teaser "A Joint-Friendly Workout" for this article, I briefly wondered what Tai Chi could have to do with marijuana. :)
  • LOULOUWLG403
    I may try it if t's not too expensive. I'm on a fixed income. I'm trying to lose weight. Excuse me, I am losing weight. So if I go to the class and learn how to do these exercises, then I'll do my cardio & strengthening exercises also! Have a Blessed Day on
    the Lord's Day!
  • I just remember years ago my sensei's sensei telling us that if we didn't have to learn this just do kata verrrryyy verrryyy sssslllllooowwwlllyyyyy.
  • CEVIZAGACE
    I always hated exercise (except dancing) but a year ago, I discovered tai chi and this was wat my body really wanted: the slow, controlled movement, the focus and the balance. It's like slow ballet. While I needed all my courage to drag myself to the gym, now I can hardly wait till my next tai chi class. It doesn't help with weight loss, but since I'm into tai chi, I don't really care too much anymore about calories burned.
    In my experience, videos can help with exercising at home, but can't replace class instruction.
  • There are many health benefits to Tai Chi. It improves: immune system function, blood pressure, blood sugar, mood, arthritis pain, balance, bone density, strength, flexibility, and more.

    While most people choose to practice Tai Chi for its health benefits, it is important to recognize its martial origins. The gentle flowing movements are derived from effective self-defense techniques. Every movement has applications for defense. Some people consider it to be the ultimate martial art.

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    Sparkers: You're welcome to try 2 weeks of free tai chi classes at Jing Ying Institute in Arnold, Maryland.. There are a variety of classes that are suitable for different levels of fitness and interests. A broad range of ages attend, mostly from ages 22 to 92.

    Go to http://www.jingying.org/TaiChi.htm for more information.

  • PUGGLEMONKEY
    Sounds like a wonderful way to improve joint issues and work on the mind/body connection as well. As someone with joint issues - and general lack of coordination, lol - I think this may be an option for me. Thanks for the article!
  • Giving Tai Chi a try on Monday.
  • Anyone ever tried TaiCheng system?
  • WOLRING
    Tai chi can vary WIDELY from instructor to instructor. People need to understand this. And beware of tai chi taught in gyms or community ed centers - usually (though not always) they are taught by people who do it on the side, apart from their real jobs and careers. That's going to be very different than tai chi taught by a real, full-time instructor who lives the lifestyle and keeps educated about human anatomy and health conditions - even if for martial arts training. I invite everyone to explore and comment on this on my free tai chi blog: www.internalgardens.com. And beware that ALL tai chi instructors - me included! - are biased about how tai chi should be taught and with what degree of client care and professionalism. :-) After all, an art cannot be standardized. This is both its beauty as well as its curse.
  • WOLRING
    Tai chi can vary WIDELY from instructor to instructor. People need to understand this. And beware of tai chi taught in gyms or community ed centers - usually (though not always) they are taught by people who do it on the side, apart from their real jobs and careers. That's going to be very different than tai chi taught by a real, full-time instructor who lives the lifestyle and keeps educated about human anatomy and health conditions - even if for martial arts training. I invite everyone to explore and comment on this on my free tai chi blog: www.internalgardens.com. And beware that ALL tai chi instructors - me included! - are biased about how tai chi should be taught and with what degree of client care and professionalism. :-) After all, an art cannot be standardized. This is both its beauty as well as its curse.
  • SANDIBETTS1
    Thanks for the article--the comments were very informative as wel.

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