Having a Tough Day? Let Tai Chi Untangle It.
When you simply cannot stand to be where you are, in the midst of endless meetings, in the middle of a problem, or just hopelessly worried and upset, you need an immediate rescue. And Tai Chi (TAI CHEE) can be that answer, amazingly gentle and totally flexible.
I had intended to try Tai Chi years ago with a professor who was measuring the ways it released tension and stress in his class sessions. But I missed the class. Luckily I looked for one again and found a gem.
Now I have found an excellent Tai Chi class 10 minutes from my house that meets in the park and it is unbeatable. No matter how I arrive, tired, tense, or frustrated, I soon find myself smiling and moving with the group in a wave of flowing hand, arm and leg movements. The setting is a small outdoor theatre shell in the middle of the eucalyptus trees and I am sure everyone in the class would like to bottle and sell the effects of this class.
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that is practiced as a graceful form of exercise done with deep breathing. It can be done by all ages, indoors or out, with a group or solo, live or online. Each posture flows into the next without pause, keeping your body in constant motion. It is low impact on muscles and joints, making it easy to try and maintain. Tai Chi does not require special equipment. It may be the most flexible exercise that I have tried and the most addictive.
Why should you try Tai Chi? Check these benefits.
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Increases energy and stamina
- Strengthens flexibility, balance and agility
- Improves sleep and boost the immune system
- Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure levels
- Enhances wellbeing and reduce pain
- Helps arthritis, congestive heart disease and Parkinson’s disease
How to get started: You could start online or with a video but the best bet is a live class with a qualified tai chi instructor. Check your community websites for local classes. You will quickly learn the process and you are sure to catch a spark from the class.
Tai Chi teachers do not require a license, so be sure to ask about your teacher’s experience and training. Or check with local community groups for choices.
As always, before starting new exercise routines discuss your health and exercise routines with your doctor.