Tai Chi: 

Stress Relief In Motion...

You may already know a little about Tai Chi. What you may not know is that it's a natural way to relieve your stress.

What is it?...

It was originally developed as a method of self-defense in China. Today it's also well known for its health benefits.

It consists of gentle gliding movements made up of a series of poses. It's similar to yoga in that sense, except that you are in constant motion.

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The focus here is on your breathing as well as movements. You can perform it in long form, which is about 20 minutes long, or 5 to 10 minute short form versions.

There are several different styles:

  •   Chen
  •   Yang
  •   Sun
  •   Hao
  •   Wu
  •   Zhao Bao

It focuses more on technique than strength. You can practice it for exercise and stress relief, or competition.

How it's done....

It's best practiced in a class with a well qualified teacher for beginners. This way you can learn not only the correct positions, but the proper way to coordinate your breathing.

You perform a series of poses, but you don't hold each pose like in yoga. You go through each pose slowly and without stopping. The result is a stream of motion that looks a lot like a dance.

Once you are familiar with how to do it, you can practice anywhere you want to. There are no equipment requirements and it's designed for small spaces. Here is a good place to look for Tai Chi products, here's a good place to look.  lists some items that may help you get started.


  •  Increases Flexibility
  •  Increases Muscle Strength and Tone
  •  Increases Energy and Quickness
  •  Improves Balance and Coordination
  •  Improves Cardio Fitness
  •  Reduces Stress
  •  Reduces Anxiety

Possibility of injury if practiced incorrectly.

You can find more information on Tai Chi on the resources page.

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