Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice… has value in treating or preventing many health problems.
Harvard Women’s Health Watch, May 2009
Balancing and harmonising mind and body
Tai Chi Chuan is a system which operates on the practical application of the philosophical Daoist concept of Tai Chi. It works through the motion and feeling the on-going changes in the qualities of Yin and Yang in our body during practice. The Tai Chi symbol combines black and white fish-like shapes within a circle. The empty circle depicts the notion of Wu Chi – emptiness or nothingness, the starting point before creation. After creation comes the interaction of the two energies of Yin and Yang and in the Tai Chi symbol they are depicted in equal quantities or in balance. This symbol illustrates the desire of working to attain balance, primarily by developing a sense of where there is imbalance or disharmony. Balance leads to the former state of emptiness, or clearness of the mind, the state of meditation.
Healing the body with vital energy flow
As an internal art Tai Chi Chuan make its way through the development of inner energy flow and through the feeling and understanding, how our inner energy flow work. This side of the practice as well as the practice of QiGong (Energy work) shows uncomparable benefits for the health. Even though long practice needed to develop good energy feeling, lot of people enjoy great vitalising and harmonising effect from the first classes.
Improving motion and body reaction skills
Learning practical applications is one of the parts of the practice, it work for many benefits including: increased confidence, better body awareness, improved reflexes and coordination. This practice is focused on sensitivity, self awareness, developing constant attention on being fully here and now.