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An Introduction to Tai Chi

Meditation in Motion

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  • I was first introduced to Tai Chi as a way to become more focused in the theater when I was a high school student and I have been wondering if I should get back to it. However, it's not taught in my area. I am hesitant to relearn off videos as I remember the instructor being very hands on in manipulating our posture and stances as well as hand placement. - 6/16/2011 6:56:38 AM
  • I'VE BEEN CURIOUS I DO YOGA(NOT AS OFTEN AS I'D LIKE) BUT WAS LOOKING FOR OTHER OPTIONS AS WELL. - 5/27/2011 10:08:33 AM
  • 1NIMUE Thanks for the link. I have been wanting more info and to learn how to do Tai Chi. This is great. Thanks so much. - 4/27/2011 2:35:26 AM
  • I've been looking into tai chi. I've started my weight loss path at 280 and with extreme arthritis in both knees, so I see it as a potentially wonderful way to ease into moving my body more. Besides various medical groups saying that it can help with arthritis by loosening joints and improving muscles (not to mention via overall fitness), apparently some studies have shown that it can provide benefits to people with depression, which is also an issue of mine.

    Here's the problem: tai chi is so well known for being beneficial to older folks that the classes in my area are only offered for senior citizens! How crazy is that?? It's to the point where I'm going to call up the instructors and ask if they'd mind letting a 24 year old in. I don't want to make anybody feel uncomfortable, but I have to be able to access exercise at my level of ability too!

    If anybody has ideas/suggestions related to this, please let me know on my sparkpage :) - 4/1/2011 12:30:10 PM
  • I cannot recommend tai chi enough, especially for the elderly wishing to stay active or those who cannot participate in vigorous sports or easily get up and down off the floor for yoga. My sister-in-law is an instructor in kung fu and tai chi, and some of her tai chi students are in their 70's and 80's who even compete in tournaments.

    However, I think the article itself is a bit...superficial and poorly researched, and the use of quotes around "masters" to be rather condescending. This is definitely a definition by western standards and is what "cheap" tai chi predominantly is in the US, but it is not about real tai chi. Tai chi is a martial art, this is why it is always part of kung fu tournaments in the US and abroad, and any instructor worth his salt will know the martial applications of each of those "gentle" movements.

    I had the pleasure of meeting a grand master of tai chi and he would even contend that tai chi is not a soft martial art at all, it is practice softly, but applied hard. This is a man who can literally throw you across the room. Tai chi's martial aspects are definitely not a thing of the past.

    I believe this article's basic description, "meditation in motion," much more accurately describes the practice of Qigong, which I would also recommend. - 4/1/2011 9:19:08 AM
  • I would like to interject a comment here only because I've had this experience.

    When seeking an instructor in Tai Chi, ask to see their credentials. If you're going to a "self-taught" Tai Chi master, you're barking up the wrong tree. Chances are that they've never formally taken a class, or even know a master, and can do more harm than good.

    You might be going slow with the Tai Chi poses, but you're working up quite a sweat. A qualified instructor will be able to tailor a program to fit your needs and give you a little challenge.

    - 2/25/2011 11:50:09 AM
  • PARISTASAI
    Almost 17 years ago, I took a class at the local dance studio. I was pregnant wiht my youngest son at the time. I loved tai chi! - 2/25/2011 9:05:06 AM
  • I have joint problems which I imagine would be helped by Tai Chi. I reside in the "sticks" so I'll have to see where classes may be offered. - 2/25/2011 5:21:42 AM
  • MJWARD54
    I have been looking for an article regarding tai chi. Thanks! - 2/24/2011 9:02:39 AM
  • Thank you for the information, I have fibromyalgia and this sounds like a nice alternative
    form of exercise to help improve my muscles without the stress. I hope I am able to find
    someone in my area to teach this method. - 2/24/2011 8:58:06 AM
  • I do Yoga & have considered Tai Chi .... Thanks for the info (both from the article & from others posts) .... will b looking into it a lil more ..... - 2/24/2011 8:22:47 AM
  • KARATE_KID
    If you're interested in tai chi for health, do a Google search for the Taoist Tai Chi Society in your area. They don't go into the martial arts aspect at all which to me is a critical omission, that's why I'm not going there any more. But as far as health promotion goes they're doing a good job. - 2/24/2011 8:08:50 AM
  • Hi,
    I would like to know some info how can we get a dvd, or find out some classes. I live in Queens, NY and I google, but I could not find info about it. - 12/29/2010 11:08:12 AM
  • I am taking tai chi now, and found the form varies with instructor. If this were offered in more nursing homes, I believe seniors would be more mobile and reduce their risk of falls/injuries. - 9/14/2010 10:14:25 PM
  • 1NIMUE
    http://www.urbantaichiacademy.com/ has free lessons.

    I too want to know if anyone does both Yoga and Tai Chi. - 8/1/2010 9:38:01 AM

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