Pass notes: Tai Chi

Tai Chi is growing in popularity but what is involved and where does it come from? Morley’s Tai Chi tutor Paul Underwood explains.

Regular exercise is now advised more than ever by the medical profession and government health experts. It’s easy to tell people to make exercise part of their daily routine. It’s not so easy to tell them what to do. Some people like to run, lift weights or climb mountains. But if you would rather care for your body and reap the stress reducing benefits of meditation without risking injuries to increasingly creaky joints, you might consider Tai Chi Chuan, the ancient martial art that looks like a cross between shadow boxing and slow-motion dancing.

Tai Chi (here after referred to as Taiji) is steeped in the ancient Chinese pursuit of longevity, spiritual awareness and the ultimate martial art. A perfect antidote for today’s pace of life with proven health benefits for stress, depression and many physical conditions. At its highest level Taiji is the ultimate mind, body and spirit system of Qi Gong exercise.

The system of exercise is rooted in ancient Chinese martial arts. Tai Chi combines intense mental focus with deliberate, graceful movements and deep breathing that improve strength, cognitive functions, agility and – particularly important for the elderly – balance. With proven health benefits Tai Chi may be the perfect exercise for your mental, physical and overall sense of well-being.

It can take a few months for the effects to kick in, but when they do they can act as a gateway to a new lifestyle. To help your learning you can use a strategy that Olympic athletes rely on… see yourself doing the move in your thoughts. Picture where your arms and legs go next.

The best thing about Tai Chi is that people enjoy it, so they are more likely to stick with it long enough to get some benefit. It helps when something that’s good for you is also fun.

Tai Chi is growing in popularity but what is involved and where does it come from? Morley’s Tai Chi tutor Paul Underwood explains.


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