What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of exercise originally created as a fighting art. Today Tai Chi is practiced by millions of people worldwide for relaxation, health and self-defense. It is known as the “Supreme Ultimate” martial art.
Some people consider it a spiritual practice, a moving meditation -- a physical expression of concepts like yin/yang and non-action. Deeply rooted in classic Chinese culture and philosophy, Tai Chi combines mental concentration with slow, controlled movements to focus the mind, challenge the body, and improve the flow of ''qi'' (also spelled ''chi'') -- the life energy thought to sustain health and quiet the mind. Regular practice of Tai Chi can can improve strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination.
Some research also suggests that Tai Chi may help to improve heart function and decrease blood pressure. Tai chi utilizes natural forces (gravity, momentum, etc.) to harmonize one’s body with others and the earth.