Tai Chi is Meditation in Motion

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If you are looking for internal peace, the ancient Chinese practice of tai chi may be the answer. Whether you are feeling stress from everyday life or have physical issues such as high blood pressure, the calm and relaxed movements of tai chi have been producing calmer minds for over 700 years.

I have found tai chi a great way to stay fit, mentally and physically. Tai chi forces you to focus and be conscious of every movement of your body and every breath you take.  It totally takes your mind off any stressful thoughts you may normally have related to work, family or other normal everyday issues.  For a brief period of the day you are immersed in this calming technique.  After you have finished your tai chi session the relaxing effects of tai chi typically stay with you the rest of the day.

I highly recommend looking into tai chi. It does not take any special skills or athletic ability.  Anybody can join a tai chi group at any age.  Within a very short time you will find yourself enjoying the mindful engagement in fluid motions that relax your mind and body.   You will find tai chi groups in libraries, hospital health centers, senior centers, community centers and private organizations.  I practice tai chi in a park with a group of friends.  We add Chinese music to our tai chi sessions to add to the enjoyment.

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Tai Chi for Kids

Kids Tai Chi

If you are looking for a way to help your child maintain focus, calmness and self-discipline tai chi may be the answer. Children can experience a lot of stress today both at home and in school. Tai chi can help children cope with stress because it promotes inner harmony and relaxation. Children who are relaxed and balanced get more out of life. Tai chi is an exercise that involves the body and the mind. You move almost every part of your body while at the same time you are using the mind to remember the moves. It requires focus to think through the movements. Because of this Tai chi teaches children to remember and to have self-discipline.

Tai chi is interesting to children because it is related to the martial arts and many of the movements are derived from the natural movements of animals and birds. It is fun because it is performed slowly and gracefully. While the child is performing tai chi he or she is focusing on posture and balance. This is a good alternative to the sitting position where they spend most of their time. As a side benefit the child practicing tai chi may do a better job of keeping their weight under control. Stress promotes the desire to eat and the combination of exercise and reducing stress in a child can help with the problem of over eating.

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Can Tai Chi Actually Reduce Stress?

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I practice tai chi two or three times a week and on most Sunday mornings get together with a group of friends to do about an hour of tai chi out in the fresh air. We found a great little quiet spot with a water view that is all ours for our morning get-togethers.  Afterwards we typically head over to a local coffee shop to catch up on each other’s current adventures.  It makes for a fun morning and I also believe it is doing something productive for my mental well-being.

What keeps me interested in tai chi is that there are lots of movements. In the beginning I found this difficult because I had to learn these movements a little at a time.  Over time, however, I found the mental exercise stimulating and I did finally learn amazingly long tai chi forms.  I really think tai chi helps in keeping the brain active because of the many movements involved.

I have also found that my life is less stressful when I am practicing tai chi. The breathing, movement and mental concentration required when practicing tai chi is a great distraction from a hectic lifestyle. I believe that breathing coordinated with body movement and eye-hand coordination promotes calmness.  I know that when I practice tai chi I get an inner sense of peace and calm.  If you are looking for a creative and physically active way to improve how you mentally and physically respond to stress I suggest that you give tai chi a try.