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Tai Chi

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Tai Chi The History Tai Chi & Taoism Yield and overcome;
Bend and be straight;
Empty and be full;
Wear out and be renewed. Many fundamental ideas parallel those of Taoism.

-The characteristics of both are of:
yielding, softness, slowness, balance, and rootedness

-Tao Te Ching ( The Way of Power/Virtue) key book of Taoism

Tao Te Ching While meditating one day,Chang San Fen visualized a battle between a snake and a bird. As the intense battle continued, neither opponent was injured or conquered. From this visualization, Chang created thirteen martial arts poses which later became the basis for the practice of Tai Chi -Tai Chi movements are slow, gentle, and mindful

Practice used as:

* Moving meditation
* Exercise
*Strengthen general health and well being

-Originally created as a system of martial arts fighting

Different Styles -There are five widely practiced styles of Tai Chi today:

-Oldest: Chen

-Most Popular: Yang

20 different variations in England and the United States

Focuses on movements that are large, slow, smooth, gentle, and big. Some of these common ideas include:

*Wu Chi
*Yin Yang
Wu Chi state of emptiness "Tai Chi emanates from the Wu Chi and is the mother of yin and yang. In movement tai chi seperates. In stillness yin and yang blend and return to Wu Chi."

Wang Tsung Yueh Benefits 50+ How to Maximize Benefits Costs -Practice in the morning or at night
-On an empty stomach
-Preferably outside
-Keep warm, especially your kidneys, throat, and feet Red Bank Acupuncture
& Wellness Center
Red Bank

One hour per week
Length not given $ 20 per class Tai Chi Academy of NJ


1 hour per week
17 week sessions $150 Ocean County
Toms River
45 minute class
$45 for class
Membership: $120 to join &
$42 monthly fee Weaknesses People quit:


Uncomfortable when they experience the depths of their negative emotions

Lack of motivation “Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.”
Booker T. Washington Formal Training There is currently no national standard for Tai Chi certifications within the United States.

The certification levels range from:

Certified Tai Chi Practitioner (150 hours of formal training)

Certified Level III Instructor (over 2000 hours of formal training and teaching) American Tai Chi and Qigong Association
Manage and reduce stress levels
Build levels of Qi
Improve posture
Spiritual growth
Helps loosen muscles
Increase flexibility, stamina, and focus
Develops coordination
Tai Chi is a great practice for people of all ages and people who are overweight because it is a low-impact exercise.
Increased balance & circulation
Regulates blood pressure
Restores sexual energy
Promotes sound sleep Strengths No restrictions on who can participate

Practice anywhere

Need a small space, no equipment

Take a class, use a book, watch a DVD (check your library)
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