(Up to date, revised and republished from a 2015 put up)
I’ve learn that globally extra individuals do tai chi than another train. Greater than yoga even. You’ll be able to go to parks in any city or metropolis and discover teams of individuals doing each tai chi and qigong. My expertise has been considerably totally different. After I began exhibiting others the way to do what I had realized from learning tai chi I realized that tai chi simply doesn’t routinely resonate. Competitors with different actions, resembling sports activities and outside recreation, is massive. Yoga is big. Cardio workouts with new names (Taebo) that mix dance and martial artwork strikes are fashionable; as are exhausting martial arts, resembling karate and tae kwon do.
Tai chi is perhaps too gradual and boring for a lot of, however they could additionally uncover that it’s not as simple as it could appear. The strikes appear simple, however the observe is extra concerned. Many really surrender attempting. Conversely, many take a observe as a problem and develop into hooked on it, so to talk. They develop into sturdy advocates for tai chi. This partly is as a result of actual taijiquan is a very refined motion artwork. Each cell of your physique and thoughts is engaged in fixed effort to evolve out of an outdated self into a brand new, more-vibrant, succesful being. In additional methods than you possibly can depend, it’s a deeply aware motion, particularly when practiced sufficient. Reaching mindfulness within the second is what the observe is all about. You immerse within the thriller of transferring, in search of new consciousness about your physique and even about consciousness itself.
Taijiquan and different Chinese language martial arts have thrived for hundreds of years, not simply as combating arts, however as a result of they’re comprised of one thing that pulls us to motion itself. It’s actually a “complete being” stimulation of thoughts and physique—not simply thoughts, not simply physique. Bodily, tai chi might be fairly a exercise. It requires endurance and dedication. You sweat on heat days, your muscle tissues get toned, your coronary heart price may even improve beneficially. It’s so highly effective with others in a bunch, as nicely. A gaggle of individuals can generate numerous power working collectively. The magic of tai chi is that it might probably apply to any form of motion chances are you’ll do: dance, swim, ski, run, hike, stroll, skate, suppose even, and even sit in meditation. It’s basic to motion generally. All this makes me suppose that tai chi could possibly be the most well-liked train on this planet if it’s not already.
Paul Tim Richard