Tai Chi Chuan (or Tai Ji Quan) is an activity which has the potential for aiding an individual in the development of their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Tai Chi has long been revered in the East for it's health enhancing attributes and is rapidly being recognized here in the West for the wonderful treasure that it is.
The essence of the practice of Tai Chi involves the performance of a series of specific movements in a flowing continuance of unbroken breathing, mind-focused energy, and inner peacefulness. Tai Chi is equal parts a total life-affirming philosophical discipline, a complete physical, mental, and emotional development system, and a powerful aid to mind-body fitness. It has the potential to nourish and protect us on all levels of being. Tai Chi helps us to develop internal and external balance and harmony.
Tai Chi is often misunderstood as being a form of gentle exercise, suitable only for the weak or elderly. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whether you are the average couch-potato, a senior citizen, or a martial artist, there is a great benefit to be gained from the study and practice of Tai Chi Chuan.