Tai Chi, often called “moving meditation”, is a martial art that originated in China. It is a discipline that integrates mind, body and spirit while practicing a series of slow-moving martial arts exercises, called “forms”. Tai Chi increases strength, and improves the flow of energy in the body. As a form of exercise, Tai Chi has been shown to lessen the pain of arthritis by strengthening the muscles around the joints, and to improve balance and cardiovascular health. Many students of Tai Chi find they are better able to concentrate, the quality of their sleep improves, they are able to cope with day to day stresses more easily, and they have more energy. The calming aspects of Tai Chi develop from the coordination of breath with movement and the focused concentration on slow, gentle, structured movement patterns. Students learn how to keep the muscles active but not tense, the mind alert yet calm, and body movements well-coordinated. For hundreds of years, older adults, especially the Chinese, have practiced Tai Chi daily as a means of staying healthy and vital.
Tai Chi classes at The Yoga Loft are a combination of group and individual instruction. Participants work at their own pace, within their own physical capabilities. For some students Tai Chi is a primary form of exercise; for others, it is used to compliment other activities, such as walking, swimming or weight training. Classes start with a short period of meditation, a series of warm-up exercises, and then independent form practice. It is not as easy as it looks! Perfecting and refining techniques is essential in the study of this art, and you will be working at your own pace to achieve your personal best. The wholesome discipline of a Tai Chi practice provides countless rewards.
FREE Intro Talks
At The Yoga Loft we offer FREE Intro to Tai Chi Talks.
Attendance at one Intro Talk is a requirement for
anyone new who is interested in signing up for Tai Chi classes.
Tues. Oct 31 7:45pm
Wed. Nov 1 10:00am