Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese art of relaxation, healing, and self-defence. You may often find Tai Chi compared to other low-impact exercises like Yoga. The main difference is found in the execution. When practicing Yoga, there is a focus on holding poses and postures whilst incorporating breathing techniques. Within Tai Chi, the postures and forms are constantly evolving. There are no pauses as the body moves and some people often describe Tai Chi as a ‘dance-like’. This is due to the controlled, fluid, and constant movement.
STRENGTHENING THE BODY: As a form of exercise, Tai Chi combines gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness. Continuous practice of Tai Chi can improve balance control, fitness, and flexibility.
STRENGTHENING THE MIND: This is achieved by learning the foundations of both Qigong (energy work) and Tai Chi (moving meditation)
ENHANCING ENERGY: This is achieved by cultivating internal energy called “Qi”. Qi or chi – pronounced “chee” – is the energy flow created along the pathways that connect the acupuncture points on the body. Qi can stagnate or become blocked due to stress, anxiety, or depression. The best way to become unblocked is to start to move and listen to your body.
REDUCING STRESS: This is achieved by learning the forms of Tai Chi (moving meditations) and incorporating specific breathing techniques that assist in calming the mind.
IMPROVING CONCENTRATION: This is achieved by learning to incorporate meditation during the forms – which will assist in clearing the mind and increasing conscious awareness
Tai Chi’s gentle and fluid motions are suitable for everyone, regardless of age or athletic ability. At Emerald Dragon, we endorse this program as a natural solution for both stress and anxiety. We pride ourselves on being able to host these classes in a relaxing and calming environment. This Six Week Beginners Course will assist you in strengthening and stretching the body, promoting the flow of internal energy, assist calming the mind and awakening the spirit.
Emerald Dragon Martial Arts is an authentic Shaolin Kung Fu Training Centre. Our Programs in traditional Shaolin Kung Fu & Tai Chi will increase your physical fitness and mental capacity as well as enhance your spiritual awareness.