Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi (Taijiquan)
Tai chi for everyone!
Tai chi (taijiquan) is a traditional Chinese internal martial art and approach to wellness. Comprised of a series of movements which are practiced in a slow and focused manner, taiji eases physical and mental stress. The gentle and graceful exercise motions of taiji cultivate and maintain inner balance, flexibility, and strength.
Taiji exercise is great for people of all ages and abilities as it helps develop agility, focus, and mental clarity. This supports all areas of life! Enhance athletic ability, body awareness, and peace of mind through regular practice.
Slowing down is essential for well-being
Daily taiji practice has a unique ability to help ease stress accumulated in the body and mind; this creates the internal environment necessary for deep relaxation, emotional balance and equanimity. Sustained slow movement allows the physical structure to relax, the breath to calm and settle, in turn clearing and awakening the mind. When we are able to nourish ourselves in this way, we live fully and with more energy.
Practice and grow
Beyond the day-to-day benefits, taiji as a lifelong practice nurtures our whole being; from this springs self-discovery and transformation. This raises the quality of living for not only practitioners, but also the families and communities they live and grow with.
“Though one may have the instruction of a fine teacher and the criticism of good friends, the one thing which is most important and which one cannot do without is daily personal training. Without it one can discuss and analyze all day, think and ponder for years, but when one day you encounter an opponent you are like a hole with nothing in it – you are still quite inexpert, lacking the skills (Gong Fu) born of daily practice. This is what the ancients meant by "thinking forever is useless, better to practice". If morning and evening there is never a gap, hot or cold never an exception, so that the moment you think of it you proceed to do your training, then young or old, man or woman, you will alike be rewarded with success.” - Yang Chengfu