Tai Chi is often described as “meditation in motion”, but it might well be called “medication in motion.”
Harvard Health Publication, May 2009
What Is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that is now practiced around the world as a healing art, a mind and body exercise, a moving meditation. It looks like a slow-motion dance- soft, graceful, fluid, yet the body is deeply rooted and powerful.
Why Practice Tai Chi?
The Tai Chi practitioner learns to slow down and become aware of his body in motion and aware of his breath. He moves with intention, breathes with intention, and with that, becomes mindful, present in this moment. Our Western culture is so busy, so hurried, and the idea of mindfulness is very foreign to us. Millions of people around the world have been doing meditation for thousands of years. One of Becky's favorite scriptures in the Bible is "Be still, and know that I am God". Quiet the mind, quiet the body. Be present. Find the quiet in the chaos- there you will find peace. It's a gift! Seek it!
Who can benefit?
Anyone- indeed, everyone! Corporations, rehab facilities, schools, nursing homes, fitness centers, prisons, hospital staff...
Older folks ...
Extensive research shows huge benefits from the practice of Tai Chi. So many of those benefits are a direct help for the aging population: balance (the AMA endorses Tai Chi as the #1 way to promote balance, improved breath work, reduction of arthritis pain, anxiety relief, stronger muscles and improved bone density, and fellowship with other classmates, and much more!
Baby Boomers ...
Stress is an overwhelming problem in our culture and boomers are full of it. Tai Chi is hugely effective in reducing stress. We Americans have created a ridiculously fast paced society- our health and our families have taken a bad hit for that.
Why companies include meditation practices in their wellness programs ...
> 80% of all illness is due to unmanaged stress, and 6 leading causes of death are stress related.
- > World business loses trillions of dollars annually due to stress, and the UN World Health Organization warns of a
- global epidemic of stress induced depression.
- > 75% of U.S. employers ranked stress as their top health and productivity concern.