WHAT IS TAIJI?
Taiji is an ancient Chinese philosophy about the natural world and specific movement art forms which study our relationship with the natural world. The word Taiji also refers to the “great primal beginning” of all that exists. It is the state of absolute and infinite potential, the oneness before the duality. This concept is comparable to the initial state of the universe right at the moment of the big bang, or the initial singularity.
THE PREMISE OF TAI CHI
A flow of energy throughout our bodies is called Qi by the Chinese. Qi is your vital energy and life force. When this flow is blocked, illness arises. Blockage can be caused by an external accident or internal, unmanaged stress.
HUNYUAN AND YIN YANG
The Hunyuan Unified Qi Field is an ancient, central concept of Taoist philosophy and meditation practice. Hun means undifferentiated unity, the state of mind and being that occurs when one does not divide the world into concepts. Hun is equivalent to inner silence. Yuan means origin or original.
Yin Yang is a concept of dualism describing how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary.
such as dark-bright and negative-positive.
The source of all manifestation, ever present but beyond the limitations of verbal expression. The way to experience Tao [is] to become receptive, to empty the mind of limiting preconceptions and to harmonize with the flow of nature (from http://taoistinstitute.com/)
TAIJI FOR HEALTH CONSISTS OF:
Silk-reeling exercises for healthy posture
Biomechanically efficient movement patterns
Simple 6-form routine
Shawn Tucker is an authorized Therapeutic Tai Chi instructor with the Saint Louis Internal Arts Center. As a physical therapist, he pays special attention to each participant's health and medical history as well as their fitness goals.
Benefits of Taiji for Health:
Enhanced immune system
Decreased back, neck and joint pain
Improved balance and endurance
Lowered cardiac risk factors
Therapeutic Taiji offers the benefits of traditional Taiji in a system of easy-to-learn, gentle, low impact exercises that are appropriate for anyone regardless of age and physical ability.
It's recommended for seniors, chronic non-exercisers, people with weight issues, and those who recover from traumas or illnesses.
OCTOBER 2019 Qi-tip from the National Qigong Association:
"Please don't forget to enjoy yourself. Sometimes when we are working hard to learn something new and to "get it exactly right," we tense up with the act of concentration (check your brow, your jaw, your shoulders). Our de-stress practice becomes just another source of stress and tension. Yes, the forms are designed to work the qi efficiently, but you will get benefit even if you can't at first do the form exactly as your teacher does it, so long as you breathe and relax." (from https://www.nqa.org)
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"Shawn Tucker introduced me to Tai Chi to help me connect with my whole body and recover from a dislocated rib injury after years of wear and tear doing construction work. The simple, gentle movement exercise has changed the way I look at life and helped me overcome my chronic back pain.
I am grateful for the relief of my back pain and the opportunity to learn this healthy, easy exercise." - DAVID HULTS