Keeping your body and mind active
I find personally keeping my body and mind active a difficult task. I struggle with willpower and structure to keep a fitness or meditation regime going. With lockdown this is more difficult so I’m trying to find new ways of motivating my brain and body. Tai Chi is something I’ve been interested in for a while. I’ve done a couple of taster sessions and even tried a YouTube instruction video.
One of volunteers is a Tai Chi instructor, I asked him to write a blog about Tai Chi, happy reading.
What is tai chi?
This 3000 year old ‘internal art’ from ancient China was originally a martial art used to defend communities, improve the fitness of armed men and was also used by bodyguards of the nobility including successive Emperors.
It is now practiced worldwide mainly as the ideal gentle exercise for anyone who wants to improve their posture, balance and breathing, boost their immune system and enhance their general health and well being.
Practiced slowly and regularly it is suitable for all ages and is particularly helpful to older people and those with restricted mobility.
For those who want to delve deeper and explore the fascinating underpinning cultural and spiritual disciplines of both ancient and modern China, tai chi (or taijin as it also known as), is an excellent starting point.
Taught and practiced in a ‘form’-it is a series of postures and movements that make up a complete exercise. There are six main styles and tai chi has been available in the West including the UK for a number of years. It is best practiced in a group and it can be a learnt and practiced for improved health and well being or if taken further, a lifetime exploration of the aspects mentioned above.