Monday, November 10, 2008

Tai Chi

good morning everyone,

I had a wonderful wellness weekend. friday and saturday i attended a workshop on the fundamentals of tai chi. Tai chi is practiced by millions for its health and longevity benefits. tai chi is a soft martial art and involves slowly moving from one form to another (there are faster styles too). the goal of the course i took was to make tai chi accessible to everyone. it is really something that everyone can do. Tai chi has applications for balance dysfunction, orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation, pain management, cardiovascular and respiratory disorders as well as individuals with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. it can be taught individually or in groups and used in a variety of settings.
One thing that i loved about it is that it forces you to slow down and breathe. your mind and your body need to participate in every aspect of the practice. some of the guidelines for tai chi include: mindfulness, postural alignment, breath awareness, active relaxation, slow movement, weight separation and integrated movement.
If you are interested in taking local classes, the citydance center at strathmore offers them every sunday. register at or call 301-581-5204.

Move Well and Enjoy,


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