Tai Chi is thought to be about 1200 years old. Some say that it is an expanded version of a more ancient movement called Qigong, which might be about 3000 years old. Others say that the Chen family designed T’ai Chi, and then the Yang style came next, etc.
Another version of how Tai Chi began says that it was practiced in monasteries to promote health and as a balance to the long hours of sitting in meditation. As well, the monks needed a defense against bandits who attacked them during their travels. The monks wanted to defend themselves without harming the other person since their philosophy was “do no harm.”
The legend says that one day a monk observed a fight between a crane and a snake. The curving movements of the snake were more effective than the stabbing head of the crane. Thus the monks used circular, curving movements to ward off the stabbing movements of bandits.
Students who practice Tai Chi daily report that it:
- Improves circulation and blood pressure
- Creates better balance and coordination
- Strengthens muscle and joint flexibility
- Aids digestion and helps balance weight
- Reduces stress and enhances clarity and concentration
- Increases energy and productivity.
Tai Chi for Beginners
- Easy TaiChi-Qigong for all Ages DVD: especially for Seniors & people with Parkinson
- Spanish version of Easy TaiChi-Qigong
- Tai Chi Chih DVD: a practice without instructions for Tai Chi Chih students
Intermediate Level Tai Chi
- TAI CHI KUNG dvd: the next step up from “Easy TaiChi-Qigong”
- Easy FAN Tai Chi dvd: great for demonstrations at a conference
- Water Flowing & CHEN Style: Two intermediate Tai Chi forms on one DVD
Enjoy these videos with movements that you can follow:
Daily Tai Chi: this is an 8-minute sample of what’s available on our most popular DVD – “Easy TaiChi-Qigong” which is available in our Store
Daily TAI CHI KUNG: a 5-minute exercise – join in
Easy FAN Tai Chi: join in – 7-minutes
Tai Chi Products
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