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With over 300 million practitioners, Tai Chi (also spelled Taiji) is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the world. Originating in China with roots in martial arts, Qigong, and traditional Chinese medicine, it has been growing in popularity in the United States. Tai Chi's soft flowing movements and internal focus share some of the mind-body principles of Yoga, but without the need to get down on the floor or hold long uncomfortable poses. Don't let the gentle moves fool you; thirty minutes of Tai Chi burns the same number of calories as thirty minutes of brisk walking. Tai Chi exercise does not involve any sort of religious practice. Students can fit the internal mind-body focus achieved through Tai Chi to whatever spirituality they choose or concentrate solely on the physical fitness aspects of the instruction. Find Tai Chi classes here. Learn about the history of Tai Chi here... Brief History of Tai Chi. Christine's class philosophy is "all gain, no pain". See what Christine's students are saying about her classes here.
Qi (pronounced chee) is a Chinese word that loosely translates to the energy or life force in all living things. Qigong refers to the practice of cultivating or optimizing that energy or life force within our mind and body through posture, movement, breath, and mindfulness. Tai Chi incorporates the use of ancient Qigong techniques in order to create health and wellbeing through safe and enjoyable exercise. Qigong is the special healing ingredient of how Tai Chi works and is why it is often referred to as "moving meditation" or "moving medication". Find more reading on Qigong and Tai Chi here.
If you have anxiety about participating in group fitness classes, Tai Chi just might be what you are looking for. Tai Chi's slow, non-linear, low-impact movements make it different from most other forms of exercise. While it might take some adjustment to slow down and settle into its rhythm, it creates an opportunity to gently and progressively challenge your mind and body while relieving stress. Tai Chi classes with Christine are a safe and effective way to build strength, balance and stamina all while having fun in a non-judgemental environment. Her classes are suitable for all fitness levels, can be practiced standing or seated in a chair. This healing exercise can be practiced almost anywhere without any need for expensive or cumbersome equipment, special attire or facilities. Explore the Top 10 Reasons to Try Tai Chi
A few of the benefits to practicing Tai Chi and Qigong include; increased strength, stamina and confidence, improved balance and stability for fall prevention, mental focus and stress relief. Referred to by Harvard Medical School as "medication in motion," Tai Chi provides research-supported healing and relief for those with chronic health conditions such as arthritis, cancer, COPD, migraine headaches, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases. Tai Chi for Health can be a safe and effective exercise to be implemented with doctor or therapist approval for recovery from surgery, stroke, chemotherapy and other medical interventions. For detailed studies, news, and more reasons to try Tai Chi see... Tai Chi Benefits.
Participating in a live Tai Chi class (online or in-person) is important for the beginner and beneficial for the more experienced student as well. With feedback from a certified instructor, you will learn techniques, posture, and form safely while achieving the maximum health benefits . The discipline and motivation provided by group classes can be invaluable. Students also quickly become aware of the synergy created in a group Tai Chi class and enjoy the social support of a community of friends with similar healthy goals and lifestyles. Invite a friend and find a class here. Books are a wonderful supplement your Tai Chi classes but not an effective way to learn the movements. Find Christine's reading list here.
My favorite answer to this question is another question... what's your hurry? Many people are in a hurry to come to class, learn a Tai Chi form (sequence of movements) and move on. But learning Tai Chi is a journey not a destination. One of the core principles is learning to relax, breath and be present in each moment. The honest answer is... it takes a lifetime to master Tai Chi and its principles. The Tai Chi for Health/Arthritis part 1 form is a great place to start and available to learn in 8 easy lessons on the Student Portal. In those 8 lessons you will be introduced to many Tai Chi principles and a short Sun style form which you can practice and build on throughout your life. To gain access to these recorded classes 24/7 contact Christine here. Most students choose to continue in group classes, even after they have learned a form because with repetition and class interaction they deepen their understanding of Tai Chi all while enjoying healthy exercise with friends. If learning Tai Chi forms is not for you, TaijiFit is a unique Tai Chi and Qigong experience with nothing to learn or remember. Just drop-in, follow the flow with Christine, and enjoy all the benefits. Find a live class here.
Want to share the benefits of Tai Chi with others? You can make a difference in the lives of friends, family, veterans, and so many more. The demand for Tai Chi instruction is increasing rapidly. If you would like to learn more about how to gain experience and become certified to lead Tai Chi classes or have any other questions contact Christine here.