Tai Chi or Tai Chi Chuan can be translated as “supreme ultimate fist”. It originated in China as a martial art, or what is referred to as an internal martial art. Nowadays, however, it is practiced mainly for its health and well-being benefits. It can be seen as a form of low-impact exercise as well as moving meditation. It involves slow, gentle, relaxed, rhythmic and fluid movements, pairing the breath with the exercises, calming the mind while holding awareness of the body.
Regular practice of Tai Chi is said to cultivate the “chi” or “life force energy” within the body, which assists in both healing current ailments and preventing illness. The practice also works with the concept of yin and yang, or opposing forces such as active/passive, the push and pull of polar energies, balancing them and thus promoting balance in the body, mind and emotions. It encourages being in the flow of life, moving with the energies that arise, standing grounded in balance with these forces, letting go of resistance. In general, Tai Chi promotes a calm and peaceful mind, supporting health, vitality and longevity while cultivating coordination, balance, body alignment and strength in the legs.
There are different styles of Tai Chi Chuan, Sun, Wu, Chen, Hao and Yang being some of the main ones. Our instructors are trained in Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. Classes are available in private, semi-private, small group or workshop format.