SENIORS' TAI CHI (limited space)
Tai Chi originated in China but is now practiced all over the world by people of all ages and ability. Tai Chi is not a fast-paced, fat burning workout, but it can improve blood circulation, alignment, and balance, and restore your energy.
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What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is an ancient practice of combining slow, deliberate movements, meditation, and breathing exercises. The moves in Tai Chi can be used combatively with full contact strikes, throws and kicks, but it is an internal martial art which can be practiced as a form (set of movements) or with light contact (pushing hands). Tai Chi is recognised as having many health benefits.
Who Can Practice Tai Chi?
The short answer is anyone. Tai Chi puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, which makes it safe for all fitness levels and ages. Furthermore, it is low-impact, making it especially suitable for older adults and those who are not accustomed to strenuous exercise due to a more sedentary lifestyle or joint issues. Tai Chi is a safe practice for just about everyone.
What Are the Benefits of Tai Chi?
Tai chi can help in many areas of health, improving flexibility and muscle strength. The ancient practice is thought to aid in the treatment of diseases such as arthritis, cancer, skin diseases, and depression, among others. As a result, people believe Tai Chi can delay aging and prolong life. It is for this reason many people, some well into their 80s and 90s, practice Tai Chi. However, Tai Chi can be practiced by people of all ages.
Can Tai Chi Help with Stress?
Regular meditation practice helps the brain better process stress. Besides that, learning something new improves the neurons pathways, fundamentally rewiring your brain. Because of this, people who practice Tai Chi are able to redirect the stress of life into something that keeps them moving forward in a positive direction.
What are the types of Tai Chi?
Yang, Wu, and Tai Chi Chih are the three most common and popular styles of tai chi. Yang style is the most demanding because you must keep your stance wide and your knees bent most of the time. Wu style is gentler because you stand at a narrower position and your knees are not bent as often. The Tai Chi Chih style uses a higher stance but doesn’t require moving weight from one leg to another.
How Does Tai Chi Affect the Brain?
Tai chi can make your brain bigger. One study by the University of South Florida and Fudan University showed older adults who practiced Tai Chi three times a week for an extended period had increased brain volume. The hippocampus, the brain region associated with learning and memory, increases in conjunction with Tai Chi.
*Picture by Hossein Zohrevand published in Iran Front Page "People in Tehran Observe World Tai Chi, Qigong Day" by Fatemeh Askarieh, April 30, 2016 - 12:06
✓ Improve flexibility
✓ Increase muscle strength
✓ Increase focus
✓ Improve memory
✓ Improve mobility
✓ Restore energy
✓ Stress reduction