Tai Chi Ch’uan an Instrument for Life
Tai Chi and Qi Gong are both systems of gentle physical exercise and routine, where every posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion with low impact moves placing minimal stress on the muscles and joints, making it safer for all ages and fitness levels.
Tai Chi and Qi Gong are two of the few exercise forms that can be practiced irrespective of age.
I like to think that once a person has learned the sequence and no longer needs to think of what step comes next, he/she can start to focus on the deeper aspects of practicing Tai Chi.
This sequence or “the Whole form with good basics and the essential Tai Chi principles” to me is the “Instrument”.
Practicing Tai Chi is a life long journey and for this reason I think of Tai Chi once learned to the point of enjoyment and fulfilment is an “instrument” for life. A personal “device” to use for enjoyment and for improving health and general well-being.
Regardless of the Style, the form or the number of steps, practicing Tai Chi and incorporating the essential principles of proper breathing, correct posture with slow, controlled and coordinated movements, will allow us to enjoy the health benefits derived from using the Tai Chi “instrument”.
This “instrument” can be taken with you on holiday. It can be used in a Tai Chi group or when you are alone. It can be used when the space is very limited or outdoors in the forest or on a mountain pass. This wonderful “instrument” can be put to use for as long or as short as you choose, as little as a few minutes a day or up to hours per day, the choice is yours.
Deepening your knowledge of Tai Chi and improving your practice skills improves the life-long “instrument” and the better this device functions, the more we benefit from it and the more we will want to take it with us and use it regularly no matter where we are.