Benefits of Tai Chi (Taiji)
Since Tai Chi (Taiji) is a mind-body integration practice, it can reduce your stress. During Tai Chi (Taiji) practice, the combination of focus on movement and breathing creates a state of relaxation and calm.
Tai Chi (Taiji) may also help your overall health, and is generally safe for people of all ages and levels of fitness. Older adults may especially find Tai Chi (Taiji) beneficial because the movements are low impact and place minimal stress on muscles and joints. Tai Chi (Taiji) may also be helpful if you have arthritis or are recovering from an injury.
Despite its 2000 year history, Tai Chi (Taiji) has been studied scientifically only in recent years. More rigorous research suggests that Tai Chi (Taiji) may offer other benefits besides stress reduction, including:
- Reducing anxiety and depression
- Improving balance and coordination
- Reducing the number of falls
- Improving sleep quality
- Slowing bone loss in women after menopause
- Lowering blood pressure
- Improving cardiovascular fitness
- Relieving chronic pain
- Improving everyday physical functioning
For more information on the health benefits of Tai Chi (Taiji) practice visit IIQTC.org.