What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is a Mind / Body wellness art that follows natural movements and principles of nature.
The movements are slow & relaxed with focus, concentration, and breath.
Through daily practice of Tai Chi, one will learn and develop patience, calmness, relaxation, better balance, breathing better, focus, concentration, and overall, well-being.
Tai Chi is the most effective balance and coordination exercise in the world.
Tai Chi 8 Posture Form or 10 Posture Form was created in Bejing, China in1999. This form consist of 8 Postures of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan plus the opening & Closing Postures.
Tai Chi 8 Form is very popular for its simplicity and it requires little space to play or practice.
Opening Posture (3 Times)
Posture #1. Repulse The Monkey Right then Left;
Posture #2. Brush Knees, Left side, then Right side
Posture #3. Part the Wild Horses Mane, Left side then Right side
Posture #4. Wave Hands Like Clouds, circle Left; then right
Posture #5. Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg, Left & Right
Posture #6. Cross hands and Heel kick, kick right, then kick left
Posture #7. Grasp The Bird's Tail: Ward-off, Rollback, Press, Push right side, then Left side
Posture #8. Cross Hands & Closing form
Tai Chi Circle Form
This introductory Tai Chi Form consists of two Yang Tai Chi Chuan postures, “Grasping the Bird’s Tail” and “Single Whip”. These two postures are repeated three times in each direction (circling left and circling right) to complete a full circle.
When practicing Tai Chi Chuan, our main emphasis should be on the principles. Body and Mind as One. Relax and breathe deeply. Move slowly, quietly, and gracefully. Maintain a connection with Heaven and Earth. Collect and store energy in your lower abdomen (Dantien).
Unlike other exercises, Tai Chi Chuan focuses on developing internal energy “Chi”. Chi is the universal cosmic energy that is in all things. When Chi is weak or stagnant in our body, we can become ill. Through the relaxed and graceful movements of Tai Chi Chuan, we learn to circulate “Chi” throughout our body, relaxing and healing our body and calming our mind.
Tai Chi is believed to - Boost the Immune System --- Slow the aging Process ---- Lower High Blood Pressure ---- Reduce the incidence of “Anxiety”, “Depression” and overall mood disturbances. Tai Chi Chuan proved to be the most effective balance and coordination exercise in the world.