FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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What is Tai Chi?

Is Tai Chi a health exercise or a martial art?

Who can do Tai Chi?

What if I have health problems or disabilities?

What are the benefits of Tai Chi?

How often and how much should I practice Tai Chi?

What is T’ien (dan-tian/tantien)?

What should I wear for Tai Chi?

What is Meditation?

What are the different meditation techniques?

Which meditation technique is right for me?

 

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi, pronounced (TIE-CHEE) and (written as T'ai Chi, Taiji, Tai Chi Chuan) is a slow-motion, low-impact, weight-bearing, and aerobic, yet relaxing exercise. It began as a martial art in China. Tai Chi has gained enormous popularity in America and throughout the rest of the world for its health benefits for body and mind.

As it developed, it took on the purpose of enhancing physical and mental health. Practiced in a variety of styles, tai chi involves slow, gentle movements, deep breathing, and meditation. It is sometimes called "Moving Meditation." or “Medicine in Motion.”

 

Is Tai Chi a health exercise or a martial art?

 It is both. It is often practice for health but the defensive abilities contained in both the movement and overall practices are real.

 

Who can do Tai Chi?

Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. You may also find tai chi appealing because it's inexpensive, requires no special equipment and can be done indoors or out, either alone or in a group.

 

What if I have health problems or disabilities?

Properly taught and practiced, Tai Chi can be safely and productively performed by anyone. The movements and postures of the Tai Chi form are meant to be done at the capacity of each person, adapted to their current condition. It is always a good idea to check with your doctor before starting any physical exercise. It is also a good idea to let your instructor know of any disability or conditions you may have that may restrict your ability.

 

What are the benefits of Tai Chi?

There are many studies that show that Tai Chi has many benefits which can include: stress reduction, improved circulation, the lessening of arthritic and other pain, an increase in flexibility, lowered blood pressure, and improved balance. We are not in the medical profession so we cannot make any specific claims but instead, we invite you to learn more at the amazing studies and their findings: Tai Chi Benefits.

 

How often and how much should I practice Tai Chi?

 This simply depends on your objective and physical condition. For older adults and people with chronic conditions it is better to gradually build up the length and number of practice sessions, aiming for about 30-60 minutes for most days. A simple indication of how long your first practice sessions should be is the length of time you can walk comfortably at a steady pace. Remember five minutes a day is better than none, several five minutes sessions during your day can be a great start.

For advanced practitioners one to two hours of dedicated practice for most days would be appropriate. You can also put tai chi practice into your daily life, for example, walking the tai chi way, standing with tai chi posture, doing breath work or thinking with serenity.

 

What is T’ien (dan-tian/tantien)?

 T’ien or (dan-tian/ tantien) is known as the "sea of qi", or simply "energy center" Your T’ien is 1 1/3 inches below your navel and is considered to be the foundation of rooted standing, breathing, and body awareness. T’ien is particularly important as the focal point of breathing technique as well as the center of balance and gravity.

 

What should I wear for Tai Chi?

To practice you need to be able to move comfortably. It is best to wear loose fitting clothes and flat soled shoes that are not too tight.
Do I need any special equipment for Tai Chi?
You do not need any special equipment for Tai Chi. Once you learn, you can do it anywhere; with a group or by yourself.

 

What is Meditation?

Meditation has many forms; in essence, it is a period of time when you are quiet. Any activity that involves tuning out your focus of the world around creating a shift towards your ‘inner self’ is meditative.It can be a time to re-charge, find balance, clear and enhance your mind, body and spirit. The practice can bring not only physical benefits, but psychological, emotional and spiritual benefits as well.

 

What are the different meditation techniques?

Meditation is taking a pause from the business of life. Not only to connect to your inner self but to the universe around you. There are many forms of meditation, some include mindfulness meditation, guided visualization meditation, guided meditation, breath work meditations, mantras, music enhanced meditation, and movement based meditation. Many different traditions utilize one or several of these forms into their practice.

 

Which meditation technique is right for me?

There is no "right" meditation technique for everybody. Some techniques work better for certain people while other techniques work better for other people. It is important to find what works for you.

 

 

 

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