Over the last 20 years you may have noticed the emergence of early morning tai chi practices in your neighbourhood parks, beaches, and open spaces. Tai chi’s popularity is growing rapidly, largely due to the many health benefits linked to it and the ease with which everyone can participate.
In the West we tend to think of tai chi as the milder version of more aggressive martial arts such as kung fu. We are quick to assume the gentle practice of tai chi is more suitable for the de-conditioned or the elderly, while younger and fitter types partake in the more vigorous and combative martial arts and other athletic endeavours.
This erroneous thinking about tai chi has North Americans of all ages and abilities missing out on an extraordinarily powerful yet simple tool to enhance health, vitality, and longevity.
Read the full article by Shari Feuz in the April 2011 issue of Alive Magazine or at Alivemagazine.com
Source: alive #342, April 2011