What is Taichi ?
Modern Taichi (a.k.a. Tai Chi, Tai Ji or Taichi Quan) is a form of "Moving Meditation". It facilitates the meditation process through slow but mindful body movements, enhanced with controlled slow paced breathing. If you are interested in learning more about the origin and the evolutional history of Taichi, this Wikipedia Taichi entry is a good place to start. Here are a couple of demo videos:
- Demo-1: Wing Taichi for Beginners 初级翼太极
- Demo-2: 24 form routine 太极24式套路
- Demo-3: 48 form routine 太极48式套路
Benefits of practicing Taichi?
- Instant calming and refreshing of mind to release work related mental stress;
- Instant relief of physical pressure built up due to long hours of sitting in an office chair:
- relieve neck pain
- relieve shoulder pain
- relieve back pain
- relieve lower back pain
- relieve hip pain
- Increasing oxygen intake;
- Enhanced blood circulation throughout the whole body;
- Instant engagement of physical exercise without leaving the office;
Four times of mid-length (6 ~12 minutes routine) a day will be ideal:
- Early morning at home;
- Mid morning at work/home;
- Mid afternoon at work/home;
- Evening at home, 30 min before bed time.
Plus, as many 60-sec routines as you like during the day.
What style of Taichi do I learn from Master Xu?
Master Xu teaches Wing Taichi exclusively. It is developed by Master Xu as a modern adaptation of the traditional Yang style Taichi. The key advantages of Wing Taichi are:
- Good for both indoor & outdoor setting, could be practiced in virtually any indoor space;
- Flexible in length, could be practiced in as brief as 60 sec, or as long as 24 min;
- Enhanced breathing regulation moves;
- Wing Taichi routing demo videos:
Is Taichi a form of martial art?
All Taichi forms started out as martial arts. But most eventually evolved into forms of exercise. The overwhelming majority of among the millions of Taichi practitioners today do it for health and wellness. Only a tiny minority still practice martial art form of Taichi.
How does Taichi compare with other Meditation techniques?
Taichi is much easier to master than either "Motionless Meditation" or Yoga. It does not require absolute quietness, dimmed lighting, soft floor mat, or difficult body postures. For most people, mindful movements of Taichi is a fast, easy and a sure way to reach meditation state of mind. In addition, Taichi also offers physical exercise while you meditate, which is more in line with the demand of modern life style.