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The Health Benefits of the Ancient
(and Enjoyable) Art of Tai Ji

Tai Ji is a form of "internal" martial art, originally developed as a fighting method in ancient China. Its principle focus of "soft," or internal energy, "overcoming hard," or physical energy, has been used for over 1,000 years for self-defense, health and longevity.

Tai Ji

Tai Ji is a form of "moving meditation" that naturally relaxes your mind and body, promoting calm and peace of mind.

In modern times, most people who take up Tai Ji do so as a form of gentle exercise, to reap its many health benefits. Sometimes described as "moving meditation" Tai Ji --- also commonly known as Tai Chi, Tai Chi Chuan, Taiji, Tai Ji Quan and Shadow Boxing -- leads your mind to a state of calm and relaxation through focus on purposeful, and very slow, movements.

The practice of Tai Ji will address three areas, health, meditation and martial art (though some styles focus more heavily on the health and meditation aspects). Tai Ji focuses on physical health by teaching the student to release stress in the mind and body. The meditative focus comes from the calm and repetition necessary to learn this ancient art.

Tai Ji as a form of self-defense focuses on blending in with, and yielding to, the opposing force, rather than attempting to meet it.

How is Tai Ji Done?

Tai Ji is primarily a series of movements that move your body into a specific position, called a "form." A form (usually nature-derived, such as "Grasping the Bird's Tail") includes anywhere from 20 to 100 movements that can take 20 minutes to complete.

All of Tai Ji's movements are based on the concept of Yin and Yang (opposite yet complementary forces), which means they're done in pairs of opposites (a right turn followed by a left turn, for instance).

Also important is careful, deep breathing, technique over power, and slow, controlled movements that flow one into the next without pausing.

Tai Ji

Tai Ji is said to help restore balance and harmony to your physical, mental and spiritual dimensions.

Health Benefits You Can Expect From Tai Ji

Tai Ji has only been studied scientifically in recent years, but its benefits have been reported since ancient times. The scientifically proven and traditionally reported benefits to your mind and body are numerous.

  1. Improve your posture, balance and flexibility.

  2. Relieve chronic pain

  3. Reduce anxiety and depression

  4. Increase energy and stamina

  5. Improve your muscles mass and tone

  6. Prevent falls and fractures among the elderly

  7. Improved mental well-being

  8. Support your heart health and circulation

  9. Reduce high blood pressure

  10. Slow bone loss in post-menopausal women

  11. Improve sleep quality

  12. Reduce the symptoms of chronic diseases including arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoporosis and Parkinson's disease

These meditations are unique in that they guide the listener to relax in a natural, effortless way.

Pure Relaxation:
A Calming Addition to Your Tai Ji Exercise

Pure Relaxation CD

The Pure Relaxation CD will calm your mind, soothe your emotions and create a state of deep relaxation in your body. Listen to it during or after doing Tai Ji or stretching, or even just while you're lying in bed for immediate stress relief.

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Best of all, because Tai Ji is so gentle, it's safe for nearly everyone to do and can be done at all fitness levels (you should consult your health care practitioner before beginning any new exercise program). And, once you learn it you can do it on your own, anytime.

Many community centers, health clubs, and senior organizations offer Tai Ji classes throughout the country, so finding an instructor near you should not be difficult.

If you're interested in other gentle forms of exercise and meditation, you can also give yoga and stretching a try.

The Pure Relaxation CD, which uses guided meditations and music that will calm your mind, soothe your emotions and create a state of deep relaxation in your body, is also an excellent tool to introduce you to the beneficial effects of mindfulness and meditation. Listening to the Pure Relaxation CD while performing Tai Ji, yoga or stretching can provide even more relaxation benefits.

Recommended Reading

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It's Time to Relax: 15 Quick Tips to Help You Shift Your Gears to Relax Mode Quickly


Shen Wu

American Cancer Society

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