The ancient benefits of Tai Chi

Here at Wilder Studio we love all different types of meditation that can invigorate body and mind and in this blog we are taking a closer look at the ancient art of Tai Chi.

 

The two main concepts that tai chi taps into are Qi and Yin and Yang:

Qi is an energy force thought to flow through the body; Tai Chi is said to unblock and encourage the proper flow of qi.

Yin and yang are the opposing elements thought to make up the universe that need to be kept in harmony. Tai chi is said to promote this balance.
Using these two concepts Tai chi helps to clear your mind and help your posture in a way that can benefit you in many ways.

Although Tai Chi is slow and gentle and doesn’t leave you breathless  it can addresses the key components of fitness —

Muscle Strength:
Tai Chi can improve both lower-body strength and upper-body strength. When practiced regularly, tai chi can be comparable to resistance training and brisk walking.

Flexibility:
Tai chi can boost upper- and lower-body flexibility as well as strength.

Balance:
Tai Chi improves balance and, according to some studies, reduces falls.

Proprioception:
As we age we lose the ability to sense the position of our body in space. Thi Chi helps train this sense as well as improving muscle strength and flexibility which makes it easier to recover from a stumble and helps you to reduce your fear of falling.

If you want to learn more about Tai Chi or give it a go, take a look at our weekly class at Wilder Studios.

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