Enjoy the video as we welcome in the New Year!
everydaytaichi students do Tai Chi for the last time in the year 2012 here at Aina Koa Park, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Enjoy the video as we welcome in the New Year!
Tai chi: A gentle way to fight stressTai chi helps reduce stress and anxiety. And it also helps increase flexibility and balance.
By Mayo Clinic staffTai chi involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner.
If you're looking for a way to reduce stress, consider tai chi (TIE-CHEE). Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.
What is tai chi?Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.
Tai chi has many different styles. Each style may have its own subtle emphasis on various tai chi principles and methods. There are also variations within each style. Some may focus on health maintenance, while others focus on the martial arts aspect of tai chi.
Who can do tai chiTai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is low impact, it may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.
Health Benefits of Tai Chi from the Berkeley Wellness
Tai chi, which consists of slow, balanced, low-impact movements, is not only good for your body, it's good for your brain, new research shows.
Tai chi originated in China centuries ago as one of the martial arts; it was an outgrowth of the ancient Taoist philosophy, which values tranquility and reflection. The martial side is no longer central to most practitioners. Instead, tai chi combines elements of a workout, meditation, and dance. It involves dozens of postures and gestures, performed in sequences known as "sets" or "forms," derived from animal movements. It's a bit like slow-motion karate or "moving meditation."
To do the sets correctly, you must learn controlled breathing, concentration, how to shift your body weight, and how to relax your muscles. Great claims are made for the benefits of tai chi--that it provides an "inner massage for your organs," for instance, and that it benefits your heart as much as aerobic exercise. This is not totally farfetched. Studies have long shown that tai chi offers physical and mental benefits for young and old, healthy and less so. It is especially beneficial and safe for older people, even the very old. It's a good complement to aerobic exercise and weight training.
The new study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, included 120 healthy older people in China. Those who practiced tai chi three times a week for 40 weeks showed increases in brain volume, as seen on MRI, as well as improvements on several tests of memory and learning, compared to those not doing the exercise who had normal age-related brain shrinkage. Previous research has shown that aerobic activity is good for the brain, but this study suggests that a more gentle form of exercise is also beneficial.
What else tai chi is good for:
Tai Tai's Christmas Greeting
On Christmas morning my Mom, Alice Lo
prepares her gift for my dad, Grampa.
She wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.
Mom, Grandma, or Tai Tai as she is called, has
7 grand children
and 11 great grand children.
Merry Christmas from LTK Kahala Mall
This morning our Luk Tung Kuen participants were attractively dressed all in red! Everyone was in the Christmas spirit as we did our stretching and limbering up at center stage. Our group reaches out to approximately 150+ people who are avid fans of our Chinese exercise held at Kahala Mall every M,F, and S from 8-9AM. Wednesdays we are at the Hawaii Kai Towne Center also from 8-9AM. Classes are FREE, so come out and join us!
The following is a section from the Qi The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness, Vol. 22, No. 3, Autumn 2012 magazine.
Taiji can be an international health activity available to everyone. The outstanding attributes that make taiji such a desirable system of movement/exercise are:-
It is reassuring that the contents of this article is what we are trying to convey in our tai chi classes.
Here are some excerpts from a brochure one of our faithful student, Richard Furuno, shared with me. I hope that you can identify with these comments, too.
Four things YOU can do to prevent falls:
as the holiday season is upon us, we would like to share with you our early Christmas gift. Baby Sophia Lucille Chun was born on 12-13-12 at 12:06PM, our eighth grandchild, now rounding out to 4 grandsons, and 4 granddaughters.
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