I must say that I am quite interested in better understanding the benefits of Tai Chi on physical and emotional well-being. I first became aware of Tai Chi while walking in my neighbourhood a few years ago. Many mornings I saw groups of women practicing these strong, graceful movements that resembled a slow moving form of martial arts. There was a dance-like and meditative quality about the movements that I found compelling. I also enjoyed the sense of community I observed in these frequent gatherings.
Mayo Clinic has written an accessible and informative article on Tai Chi, as quoted in their Stress management section:
Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.
When learned correctly and performed regularly, tai chi can be a positive part of an overall approach to improving your health. The benefits of tai chi may include:
- Decreased stress, anxiety and depression
- Improved mood
- Improved aerobic capacity
- Increased energy and stamina
- Improved flexibility, balance and agility
- Improved muscle strength and definition http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/tai-chi/art-20045184?pg=2http://www.thealternativedaily.com/tai-chi-benefits/
In a collaborative study through medical sciences in China, North Carolina, and Boston; The results of their efforts showed that tai chi participation had definite beneficial impacts on a range of psychological wellness areas, such as anxiety, exercise self-efficacy, depression, and general stress management.
If you would like to try this form of exercise, go ahead and contact any of these locations for current offerings in North Vancouver:
North Van Recreation Commission:
T: 604.987.7529Taoist Tai Chi Society -Classes throughout Metro Vancouver http://pacific.canada.taoist.org/content/standard_ca_pacific.asp?name=Canada-Pacific-Vancouver-Branch
For classes at North Shore Neighbourhood House, JBCC Community Centre, and Highlands United Church: http://www.manta.com/ic/mvrvkxg/ca/north-shore-tai-chi-spirit
Why not learn a new way of coping with stress, while strengthening your body and mind? Tai Chi may be an option for you, along with the other goodies you already have in your self-care tool kit.