What is Tai Chi?
For centuries the Chinese have started their day practicing Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan). Emphasizing relaxed and graceful movements, Tai Chi is a unique combination of physical activity, relaxation, meditation, breath control and increased qi flow - all of which have potential for a wide range of benefits. Its Physical motion emphasizes balance, coordination, flexibility, and aerobic exercise.
The relaxation aspect provides a peaceful, meditative experience with benefits for health, reduced blood pressure, stress reduction and tension release. Integration of breathing provides for both the health benefit of focused breathing, and associated relaxation effects. The development of Qi flow (our life force) gives us a healthy energy, balance and general well-being, according to traditional Chinese medicine.
Tai chi improves balance, strength, and flexibility and lowers the risk of falls. It also reduces pain, stiffness, and stress and improves sleep quality.
Lewis Paleias, Tai Chi Instructor at the Martha Stewart Center for Living and owner of Cloud Chi Studios in New York City has been studying and teaching Chinese martial arts for over 40 years. He has been featured in numerous articles and publications and is a certified Physical Therapist, Sports Nutrition Advisor and CPR Trainer. Lewis designed a special Tai Chi class for seniors that is offered weekly to patients at the Martha Stewart Center for Living. For more information Lewis and to purchase his complete set of Tai Chi videos, please visit www.cloudchi.com.