T’ai Chi Chuan
T’ai Chi Chuan is one of the traditional Chinese martial arts or Kung Fu (Gongfu). It is also one of the preeminent spiritual disciplines for the modern age. It can be practiced as an exercise for health, as an art for self-defense, and as a meditation or a Taoist Yoga in motion for sensitivity and awareness.
As an exercise, Tai Chi Chuan may be practiced by people of all ages, indoors or out. When practicing, use little muscular strength and move the limbs and body softly. T’ai Chi will adjust the breath down to the Tan Tien (dantien) and circulate the Chi (Qi, Ki) to all parts of the body.
The movements of T’ai Chi Chuan are very natural and not forced. No stress or strain is placed on any part of the body. The entire body is exercised evenly and moderately. Thus, it tones up nerves, brain and muscles; while invigorating the circulation, oxygenation and filtration of the blood.
Daily practice is essential, preferably once in the morning and once in the evening. After long and conscientious practice, one’s general health, physical and mental, is invariably improved. T’ai Chi Chuan is particularly suitable for persons suffering from chronic ailments such as arthritis, spinal troubles, high blood pressure, over-eating, etc.
Qigong / T’ai Chi classes in Montgomery County, MD. The Qigong portion of the class will be in the 10 Minutes to a Healthier You! format, which gives you an easy 10 minute daily practice for mental, physical, and spiritual health. The course will include a training manual and on completion, you will be eligible for certification. Email for more information.
T’ai Chi at the Lake Saturdays 1 PM 1610 Olney Sandy Spring Rd, Sandy Spring, MD
See the CBS WUSA TV 9 interview with Keith Hall, Andrea Roane, and Jeff Besougloff about T’ai Chi for stress reduction and self-mastery here.
Some Beautiful T’ai Chi prints: Tai Chi