A few years ago, I caught a movie, in which there was a really calm man with a monk-like demeanor. I remember watching him in awe while he performed some rather graceful movements. His aura was as serene as it was fierce and I was truly fascinated. Later, I learned¬† what I had witnessed was the age-old practice of ‘Tai Chi’. From being practiced by Jiraiya Sensei in the popular anime ‘Naruto’ as a tool for self-improvement to being taught by Jackie Chan’s Mr. Han as a self-defense method in ‘The Karate Kid’, the age-old practice of Tai Chi is seen in several movies and shows. Tai Chi was already fairly known amongst some because of its thousands of practitionars across the globe. But it rose to even more popularity after it found its way into pop culture.

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So, what is Tai Chi all about?

Let’s begin by understanding ‘Chi’. Chi, also spelled Qi, is a concept in traditional Chinese medicine that refers to the vital energy or life force, which is said to flow through all living beings. Associated with breath and movement, balancing and harmonizing the flow of chi in the body is believed to promote healing and wellness.

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that emphasizes on slow, flowing movements along with breath control. Referred to as ‘meditation in motion’, it is typically performed as a series of choreographed movements known as ‘sets’, that are performed in a slow and deliberate manner. The movements are designed to flow smoothly into one another, and are often accompanied by deep breathing and focused mental concentration. Often used as a form of meditation, the practice can help to improve balance, flexibility, and mental clarity, as well as promote relaxation and well-being.

The regular practice of Tai Chi can help you immensely in improving your well-being. It will give you:

  1. Improved balance and stability
  2. Increased flexibility
  3. Better cardiovascular health
  4. Reduced stress and anxiety
  5. Improved sleep quality
  6. Increased muscle strength and endurance
  7. Better mental clarity and focus

It is important to note that Tai Chi may not be appropriate for everyone, especially for those with certain medical conditions. It’s always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise program.