Tai Chi Chuan translates from Chinese as “the supreme ultimate”. It refers to an ancient form of mind, body, soul exercise that has its origins in the unique spiritual philosophy of Taoism. This philosophy is best summed up by the famous Yin/Yang symbol which represents harmony balance and perfect relationship. Tai Chi then is a practical application of this Taoist theory with benefits to the practitioner on all levels. Its the perfect antidote for the negative effects of modern lifestyle.
Tai Chi has three main areas to its practice. One, it looks at Taoist thought and how it applies to our lives. It teaches us to heal mind, heart, and soul frictions that we all carry by showing us how to use feelings of disconnectedness to go to a deeper experience of “self” that connects us to to the flow of life from the inside out. Two, Tai Chi works the body and energetic systems to harmonize, strengthen and maximize their functions. Central to this understanding is the the concept of Chi or Qi, the life energy that flows through everything. Simply put, Tai Chi helps the “Qi” to be abundant and moving so that we enjoy health, happiness, and we have enough energy to apply to our life goals. Third, Tai Chi has a “martial aspect” that is we can use it to defend ourselves if necessary. However even here the emphasis is subtle, in reality it has more to do with seeking harmony and transforming destructive energies into their original Qi forms of love and compassion.
How we practice Tai Chi at Elysium Sanctuary
Tai Chi works through simple postural alignment and mind awareness techniques. Tai Chi promotes a deeper natural breathing which in turn leads to improved Qi flow to the internal organs. Sequential to this, a more relaxed nervous system is achieved, leading to an enhanced awareness and a profound feeling of well being. All this gives us a complete system of mind, body, and soul discipline. The method of Tai Chi taught at Elysium is rooted in the Yang Family Style of Tai Chi Chuan. This involves the practice of moving in and out of structured body positions in sequential coordinated patterns. The movement is slow and precise allowing dynamic internal application of the above Tai Chi principles.
The benefits of Tai Chi are well documented, it not only helps heal but prevents illness and promotes longevity. It’s suitable for everybody regardless of age, gender, race, health status, or religion. Here are some conditions that are known to respond well, poor circulation, fatigue, stress, anxiety, concentration, low mood, poor immunity, weak digestion, menstrual difficulties, back, neck, bone, muscle problems, blood pressure and arthritis.