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An Introduction to Tai Chi

Meditation in Motion


  • Does anyone do both Tai Chi and yoga? Which do you prefer?? I've recently gotten into yoga; its not as much an exercise thing, but a means of meditation. Would Tai Chi yield similar results?
    Also, are there places online where you can find instruction for free? I'd like to be able to try it out before I commit any money to it. - 7/28/2010 10:00:45 PM
  • ELISADEL is correct. This article does not appear as well informed as it could be. Despite the popularity (especially in the West) of Tai Chi practiced as a gentle meditative form of exercise (excellent for health!), Tai Chi and the related Internal arts (Neijia) such as Bagua, Xingyi, Yiquan still indeed exist as martial arts. The proper study of Tai Chi, however, also cultivates one's inner peace, so the more practiced one is, the more unlikely one is to consider using it as an offensive martial art (as opposed to defensive), though it certainly can be. - 5/19/2010 10:15:39 PM
  • I think tai chi is the best! when I see my instructor aged 65 moving like a teenager (maybe even better considering the overweight teens nowadays) I say to myself "I want to be like that at that age!!" Where do you see aerobics instructors aged 65? So I am convinced that tai chi is so benificial I am studying to be an instructor and convinced my mom aged 70+ that she need to take tai chi to keep her from falling down - 3/1/2010 1:16:36 PM
  • I have often thought about doing Tai Chi and after reading this aritcle I have decided that I am going to get started. - 2/25/2010 6:29:23 PM
  • Every once in a while Tai Chi pops up on my radar. I've never tried it, and yet everyone I know who has seems to love it. Maybe it's a sign that it's my turn. - 2/24/2010 2:57:26 PM
  • I have been taking Tai Chi for over two years and find it great for the mind and for the relaxtion of the body and to give it perfect linement stretches. They claim it takes over five years to learn all the moves without watching others. It is also a great way to enjoy other people so willing to help.
    Life is worth enjoying - 2/24/2010 6:17:30 AM
  • This is a great exercise for balance. After I had a small TIA my doctor had me take classes at the hospital for about 9 months. I think this help me get my brain back! lol - 12/29/2009 10:08:55 PM
    I practiced for several years but had to give it up when some of the form movements proved painful to my knees. However, this is not the forms fault ,but my inability to control my knee from moving into the wrong position. I do love it aand hope to get back into the practice. My health club only offers fan tai chi, which I do not like. - 12/29/2009 11:38:02 AM
  • If you are interested in Tai Chi I recommend checking out the Tai Chi SparkTeam. There are members who are highly experienced and those who are new to Tai Chi.

    One of the remarkable things about Tai Chi is that is facilitates the movement of "chi", a concept that is finally starting to be addressed in the West. For overall health it is vital that this life force is not stagnant and the study of Tai Chi (all forms) helps this process. Tai Chi is not just a "physical" exercise. It is part of a way of living that incorporates wholeness of the body-mind-spirit. Just getting the chi moving can clear us of those obstacles to good health, including the cravings to over-eat. So, it is not about calorie-counting.

    For those of you who start Tai Chi study, keep an open mind. Just allow your body to enjoy whatever class, whatever style you can find. If you develop an interest to learn more to delve deeper then a teacher, a class, an appropriate DVD will appear. Tai Chi can serve as a door to another world. - 12/17/2009 8:25:07 AM
  • It would be really nice if this article included some resources or references for learning Tai Chi: a book, DVD, or website recommendations. - 12/16/2009 8:52:00 AM
  • This article could use some work. It's really could stand to be more informative and to work on accuracy a little (it's not as if this style has disappeared as a martial art, for example, it's just tremendously popular in its meditation form). - 11/7/2009 11:51:47 PM
  • I have been taking a Tai Chi class at the Bronx House in the Bronx, NY for more than a year. It is free for seniors. For so little effort very large gains are realized. - 10/6/2009 4:14:49 PM
  • I tried Tai Chi for a while and quit because I didn't feel that it was giving me much benefit for the time I was investing. Boy was I WRONG! The breathing exercises alone had such a significant impact that I couldn't believe it. Plus, the balance and stretching that are core to Tai Chi have incredible benefits. It's not strength training but it's still a great way to stretch, relax and have fun. - 7/28/2009 11:14:05 AM
  • I feel very blessed that my fiance is a Tai Chi instructor. I have found that the most difficult part of learning the form is letting yourself RELAX! - 7/14/2009 7:54:15 PM
  • The best video instruction is by TERRY DUNN who is a graduate of Harvard U. and a Tai Chi Master. His videos are both for the Short and Long Form and great for a beginner. - 7/2/2009 1:28:11 AM

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