Tai chi - “Meditation in Motion.” "One of the best 5 exercises you can ever do" - Harvard Medical School Harvard Health Publishing
The best 5 exercises are:
No. 1 Swimming
No. 2 Tai Chi
No. 3 Strength training
No. 4 Walking
No. 5 Kegel exercises- strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
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Tai Chi or Shadow Boxing, another school of Kungfu in Chinese martial art culture, was born in Henan Province, 70km north to David Yao's native place.
It’s said that when a fighter surnamed Chen saw the symbol of Tai Chi in a place named Chenjiagou where two rivers flowed together, he then founded the world-famous school of martial art ---- Tai Chi.
After realizing that the universe consisits of Yin and Yang, Tai Chi, because of its combination of Chinese Confucianism Taoism, Oriental Inclusive Concept, and unremitting effort to the unity of nature and man, can help attain the goals of self-cultivation and longevity.
Taiji uses Yin and Yang, dialectical unity of Chinese traditional Confucianism and Taoism as the core ideology, unifies the functions of taking care of one self’s temperament, Physical fitness, Martial arts fight, and combines the changes of Yin and Yang, the Five Element of earth as mentioned in "The Book of Changes", traditional Chinese medicine's study of channels and collaterals, Ancient guidance (similar to Pilates or Yoga), expiration an inspiration (controlled breath exercise, used in Qigong) and formed a traditional Chinese Martial arts which exercise a combination of internally and externally (mentally and physically) exercises, gentle, slow, agility and grace, strength and flexibility.
Tai Chi Strengthens Mind and Body
Tai Chi’s focus on posture and body placement may add benefits beyond what cardiovascular or resistance-training can provide.
Tai Chi, a moving Yoga, does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It will enable you to gain flexibility and strength, reducing stress and allowing for greater relaxation. It's a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation.
The health benefits of tai chi
This gentle form of exercise can help maintain strength, flexibility, and balance, and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life.
Tai chi is often described as "meditation in motion, moving Yoga," which originated in China as a martial art. The Chen Style Tai chi is the oldest and parent form of the five traditional family styles of Tai chi. Chen-style is characterized by Silk reeling, alternating fast/slow motion and bursts of power. The Chen Style is Originated in Hen Nan Chen Jia Gou, 70 KM at north of David Yao's birth place.
There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren't in top shape or the best of health. In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, you go without pausing through a series of motions. As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention — as in some kinds of meditation — on your bodily sensations. Tai chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched. Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.
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