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Tai Chi

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Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese discipline that integrates mind, body and spirit. Practitioners use meditation and deep breathing as they move through a series of continuous exercises, called 'forms', which resemble slow-moving ballet. Tai Chi is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine that works to improve the flow of internal energy (Qi) throughout the body.

The central element of practicing Tai Chi focuses on Internal Discipline. That is, how a movement should be made from the internal core of the body - the abdomen and back - rather than from the external parts of the body - the limbs.

Benefits of Tai Chi

Tai Chi, although a martial art, is now mainly practiced for its therapeutic benefits, which include reducing stress, promoting balance and flexibility. Tai Chi can also be used to help Arthritis, Balance, circulation problems, High Blood Pressure, Multiple Sclerosis and stress.

Tai Chi can be taught in a class setting or from books and videos. You must wear something comfortable to move around in and it can be done with shoes or bare feet.

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