If you’ve never heard of Tai Chi, it may sound quite mysterious or esoteric.
The truth? After the stress of the past year, our health and emotions have been brought slightly (or majorly) out of whack. We could all benefit from some peace of mind and gentle healing. There’s never been a better time to try this ancient practice, which is often referred to as a “meditation in motion.”
Tai Chi was first developed within the ancient Chinese tradition of martial arts for self-defense. It’s since evolved into a graceful form of exercise that reduces stress and empowers those that practice it. It involves slow, focused, intentional movements that are accompanied by deep breathing. Best of all, the gentle and deliberate moves don’t add undue stress to your joints and muscles.
A Multitude of Mind-Body Benefits
The Tai Chi glow is real! Best of all, it’s accessible for everyone, no matter your age, size, shape or fitness level. No special equipment is required, and you can practice it almost anywhere.
Because it’s a holistic practice, it integrates the mind and body on deeper levels to restore both physical and emotional balance.
Tai Chi’s ability to improve mobility is especially beneficial to seniors. Plus, it helps with proprioception, the ability to sense where you are (position of your body). It’s no surprise that athletes have a highly developed proprioception and that this ability often declines as we age. Tai Chi helps re-train the senses. Research has proven that Tai Chi enhances balance, stability and motor function, which in turn reduces the risk of falling in older adults.
Additional benefits for all ages include:
Increased focus and cognition
- Improved aerobic capacity
- Enhanced flexibility
Better balance and agility
Decreased stress and anxiety
Lowered blood pressure
Increased energy and stamina
Improved muscle strength
Strengthened immune system
Relief from joint pain
Tai Chi is one of the best ways you can achieve a healthy mind-body-spirit connection. And many seniors find that it restores balance, strength and serenity to their world.
Get Your Tai Chi On At Haven
Interested in experiencing the Tai Chi glow yourself? You’re in luck: Haven offers a community Tai Chi class open to all levels! In the spirit of satsang, Haven opens this class to the community and members alike. Community classes are $7 and open to both members and non-members. Check out our class schedule for details.