What is Tai Chi?
Gentle, flowing movements with some hidden, natural rhythm, as though in harmony with the very universe – a mystical balance of mind, body and spirit.
At least, that is what it seems to embody to the casual onlooker. Although it is good for relaxation and balance, as an antidote to the stresses of modern living, it may come as a surprise that it was not always like that.
What is Tai Chi and its origins?
The origins of the physical practice of Tai Chi are obscured by time but one thing is certain, which is that it started out as a Chinese martial art, which may come as a revelation to many people. However, these days the martial side is very rarely taught in mainstream classes, like its philosophical name sake, continues to grow and change and adapt to modern lifestyle.
It can also be written Tai Ji meaning supreme ultimate or the harmony of Yin and Yang and the continuous change it represents. That is one of the reasons why there are so many variations in terms of style, content and method. These days it is primarily taught and people seek it out, as a form of moving meditation.
Practice is usually centred on a series of continuous moving postures, called a routine or form, that strengthens the body and increases flexibility. Tai Chi can be a a great way back into exercise for people in their middle and older ages or for simply just taking time out for themselves.
Whatever the reason or physical condition you find yourself in, Tai Chi will fit around you.
The type of methodology it promotes does not push you, sweating and out of breath, to your breaking point; rather it advocates relaxation, gentle mobilisation of joints, development of good posture and sense of enjoyment.Different classes might do a different style or length of routine. They might teach simple or complex routines but whatever the content, remember Tai Chi should slowly bring you back to an internal sense of tranquility and external sense of harmony and wellbeing.