Introduction to Tai Chi & It’s Benefits
Tai Chi or Taiji Quan was first created by Chen Wang Ting in the Ming dynasty. It was initially only taught to people in the Chen village or Chen Jia Gou. Only in later years was it taught to the first outsider, Yang Lu Chan, who founded the Yang style Tai Chi which would pave the way for various styles of Tai Chi in the years to come. Tai Chi was and is a martial art, meaning it teaches efficient use of the body which is applicable in our daily lives.
Tai Chi is suitable for people of all ages as it is also a means of self-cultivation. This means that the focus is not on competing but progresisng from session to session, month to month. Younger people can adopt lower postures which are more physically demanding and train the body more, while older folks can adopt higher postures are focus more on alignment of the body.
In Tai Chi practice, the focus is more on the various movements of the set and how to perform them correctly. In Qi Gong practice, the focus is more on how to find and feel the internal body alignment and refining it, so that it has better transfer when doing Tai Chi and in daily life. As such, both Tai Chi and Qi Gong complement each other.
Below are several benefits from practicing Tai Chi:
Increased Awareness of the Body
Through practicing the various postures, one’s sensitivity to the body is increased. With better body awareness, one becomes more aware of weight distribution in various parts of the body, leading to better balance and more stability in the body.
Increased Awareness of the Mind
During practice, it is inevitable that one gets distracted and loses concentration. Through repeated bouts of lapse and regaining of concentration, one becomes more aware of the mental disturbances, and over time reduce one’s susceptibility to their influences. This leads to more stability in the mind and a sense of calmness.
Increased Relaxation in Body and Mind
The practice of Tai Chi is done in a way such that one remains stable, powerful yet relaxed. Through continued practice in such a manner, coupled with the increased awareness of body and mind, one learns how to be relaxed even when going about daily life.
Better Qi flow and Qi cultivation
When the body and mind are open and relaxed, Qi naturally flows. When there is tension, Qi flow to that area becomes obstructed. In this manner, Qi is allowed to naturally do its job, clearing wherever needs to cleared. As a result, one’s reservoir of Qi naturally builds up in the process, leading to better health and vitality.