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Why You Should Consider T’ai Chi For Beginners

The Chinese have long understood the fundamental connection between the body and mind and how important it is to engage both when it comes to long life, health and happiness. In Western society, we pay little attention to this interaction and it is hardly surprising that we live strenuous and stressful lives leading to lots of illness, disease and obesity. We have a tendency to think that mind and body are somehow not related when it comes to overall health and wellbeing, but the Chinese – to their benefit – know that this is not the case.

One of the ancient martial arts practiced by the Chinese is T’ai chi ch’uan. By practicing this, you develop a specific type of bodily awareness. Tutors tell you that you need to focus on the strength of the Earth and the ch’i of the heavens, centring on your fundamental posture, breathing and specific exercises as you eliminate all the tension and stress from your body.

T’ai chi for beginners starts with an understanding of how your powerful mind dictates everything that happens to your body. You will learn how important it is to adopt the correct posture and the right type of breathing – slow, deep and natural and breathing that comes from the abdomen. Most of us tend to believe that we breathe deeply by using the chest, but you’ll need to focus on rhythmic breathing using the abdomen instead. When you do so you are using the diaphragm correctly and focusing on longer and deeper breaths, thereby increasing the oxygen supply and benefiting all your internal organs. As you do so, you will be taught to turn your waist slowly while you maintain a grounded posture. By doing this you will stretch and lengthen the important, core muscles giving you enhanced strength and resilience.

T’ai chi also teaches you to use your hands and arms in a specific way pushing gently but slowly. By doing this, you are helping to redirect unnatural forces, pressures and any perceived threats. You are creating a cooperative environment that will enable you to remain calm and relaxed. As you do this more and more you will find that you’re able to redirect negative energy and relieve pressure like never before.

It has been proven time and again that t’ai chi will work wonders when it comes to weight loss. You might not think that this is possible, as there don’t appear to be any active exercises or intense cardiovascular actions associated with the method. Remember that you are helping to relieve a considerable amount of stress by creating a much more palatable mindset. When you do this, you are less likely to react to stress and pressure by turning to too much food. You’ll also be able to interact with others on a far more positive and friendly basis as you push more and more of that negative energy away.

T’ai chi for beginners can be enjoyed with others as a great social activity and when practiced correctly can be a great deal of fun, as well.

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