Things You Need To Know Before You Practice Tai Chi

 Tai chi is an ancient form of meditation in motion that is practiced because it has many health benefits. It is considered a form of martial arts too, and there are over 108 Tai chi movements that have unique benefits in different parts of the body and mind.

 Before performing Tai chi, it is essential to know to understand some basics about the practice so that you can be mentally and physically prepared for reaping the benefits and making the best use of your sessions.

Here is some basic info you need to know before proceeding with the arts:

Belief System of Tai Chi

Tai chi is based on the simple Chinese philosophy that all things in nature must be in harmony with nature. The concept of Tai chi is based on Qi and Yin and Yang. 

Qi is the term for the energy that flows through all living things. Practicing Tai chi helps you unlock this energy and encourage Qi to flow properly. 
Yin and Yang are the opposing elements that compose the universe. Tai Chi promotes these opposing elements to balance so that the body is in harmony with nature and the universe. 

Different Forms in Tai Chi

While doing Tai Chi under instruction, you will learn that there are two basic forms: the short form and the long form. The short form is sets of movements that involve repetition of six to twelve motions whereas the long form involves over a hundred forms. 

The short form is usually recommended for people with limited abilities as it involves slower movement, shorter duration, and less complicated motions. The long form is more challenging, and it is usually practiced by people who have had some experience in the art form.

Practicing Tai Chi

Tai Chi is often done outdoors or a spacious room with plenty of fresh air, comfortable light, and sound. Each session takes about 45 minutes to one hour with some rest intervals if needed. The sessions often include some warm-up time with slow movements, stretches, rocking back and forth or tilting the head and shoulder circles. 

Tai Chi is a for Health Benefits

The main goal in practicing Tai chi is to improve the overall health of a person. The practice has been experienced and handed down to many generations from China, and that is possible because practicing Tai chi improves health and longevity both physically and mentally. 

Besides many other benefits, Tai Chi is known to decrease dementia, rheumatism, sight failure and motor nerve deterioration in senior citizens.
Since the movement in performing this art does not involve sudden strains or pressure on any part of the body, it is suitable for people of all ages even if you are not in the best of shape.

Relaxation is Key

The main focus in practicing Tai chi is to relax the mind and body so that it can refresh itself by concentrating on the movements and developing or improving the current state of mind and body. 

You need to clear your head, relax and perform a series of motions while breathing naturally. It is an art form that tests your patience, endurance, and mental health, so it is very different from other forms of exercises. 

The movements are not forced, and the joints and muscles are never fully bent or extended and are left in a relaxed motion rather than tensed. Even the connective tissues are relaxed and not forcefully stretched, so it is also suitable for people recovering from surgery or even confined to wheelchairs!
 
Tai Chi is a Form of Self Defense

The low-impact exercise is also a form of martial arts that are used to defend against physical attacks in close proximity. Even though the exercise is a done in slow-motion, being acquainted with the different actions and shape form improves your reflex.  In Tai Chi, you subconsciously train your arm and legs to ward off physical attacks and defend yourself be improving your flexibility and strength. Unlike Tai chi for heart or mental health, Tai chi for self-defense requires a different mindset. 

Tai chi is a form of “self-defense” in a way that Tai chi also improves your immunity system and develops your organs and muscles to withstand different ailments by increasing your endurance.

Big Benefits, No pain

Even without the inclusion of resistance or equipment, the unsupported movement of the body, legs, and arms while performing different forms strengthen the upper and lower body. It creates balance by training the sensory neurons and stretch receptors that improve flexibility which prevents aged citizens from losing their focus and enable them to concentrate on balance.

Although Tai chi for health is a gentle form of exercise that doesn’t make you breathless, it effectively stimulates all the key factors of a good workout. It conditions the muscles, balance, flexibility, and aerobics.
 
 
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