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An Introduction to Tai Chi

Meditation in Motion


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  • It would be really nice if this article included some resources or references for learning Tai Chi: a book, DVD, or website recommendations.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • I have practiced Tai Chi for the past five years, first working on Yang-style, and now working on Sun-style. If you are interested in an inexpensive class, try your local hospital's community programs-Tai Chi is proven to be very effective in falls prevention. There are simplified forms that almost anyone can do, even in a wheelchair. Dr. Paul Lam has a series of small Tai Chi sets aimed at improving a range of health conditions-his web site has a searchable list of instructors, so you may be able to find an instructor in your local area.

    For me, Tai Chi has measurably improved my balance, my flexibility, my breathing, and my core strength. As some other commenters have noted, it is very calming and refreshing as well-when I finish my practice, I feel more awake and alive than when I started it.
  • I was able to practice Tai Chi for several months. My schedule does not currently allow for instruction but I never felt better than when I was practicing the forms.
    LINDAROBY, I've found that what TAICHICHICK said above about having an instructor experienced enough to guide you in weight distribution and body position is very helpful. It 's also important to start out slowly and monitor yourself. In the year and a half I've been serious about tai chi practice I've found that my legs are stronger than I ever imagined they could be (I'm 57 and have never been athletic) because I'm learning to take each motion to my maximum while maintaining correct form, while my husband at 70 years and 300+ pounds gets his best workout doing the same sets, and at the same speed I do, with his own range of motion. It's very adaptable.
    And I can't say enough about the meditative aspects.
    Give it a try!
  • Tai Chi is the best. In can help you regain skills lost from childhood. Tai Chi has helped me live a better life. For over 20+ years now I have gained strength and balance through learning many Yang and Chen style forms. The calories burned depend on how deeply you with anything, the more you put in the more you get out. Definitely get an instructor. DVDs and tapes can show you the idea, but an instructor can keep you from doing the positions incorrectly. Even with a full size mirror, it's hard to see if your position is correct. Please try it!
    (In response to PraztheLord's question on DVDs)

    Finding prime Tai Chi/martial DVDs, in my opinion,
    is easier than it was in the old days. I love Wing Lam
    studios (just Google them) for their rare, unparalleled
    quality and attention to mastery. You might also check out
    Jwing Ming's site (Google again). Compare the two
    and see what you find appealing. You might also check
    out YouTube, lots of material there to sample.

    Good luck in your journey.
    Any masters in Puerto Rico?
  • I started taking tai chi when I lived in Houston and LOVED it. Then I moved to New Jersey and spent 2 years talking about how I really wanted to get back into a class. The gym I joined offers a tai chi program and the form is the same form that I was taught in Houston, so, obviously, I'm back.
    Nicole, it is on the fitness tracker in other activities so you can count it. Although when doing tai chi, you don't work up a sweat, you really do work muscles and if you work for the hour of the class, I think that even though you don't feel a burn, you are burning calories. Because of the class, I have more balance, and toning (especially the arms and legs) and MUCH less stress. I strongly recommend checking out tai chi.
  • I have fibromyalgia and arthritis every where in my body. I want to take a tai chi class bt the closest one is like 20 miles away. Gas is so expensive and my husband just lost his job. Any suggestions on some DVD's?
    I am a Tai-Chi senior (with 35 years of experiance) instructor, from WTCBA (world tai-chi boxing assosiation) and yes, Tai-Chi is a martial art in all of it's essence. Masters are very few and far in between (you can count them on fingers of one hand) in the world!! Teachers and instructors are many and not all of them good. Be careful when finding one, because practising Tai-Chi under unqualifide teacher can cause body problems, bad backs, bad knees ectr. Tai-Chi practice is a misunderstood and misinterpreted in mainstream Caucasians and Chinese, right across the board and not always the best discipline to follow and not beneficiall to all of practitioners to be. Cheers James

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