Tai Chi Classes
Tai Chi Classes The Beach, Toronto
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese energy exercise that combines relaxed and graceful movements with a tranquil yet alert mental state. Tai Chi can be thought of as a moving form of yoga and meditation. It can be practiced by people of all ages with most physical conditions. Because it’s a non-impact exercise it strengthens the body with minimal stress to the joints, enhances tone, flexibility, balance and co-ordination. In addition, it improves body awareness, postural alignment, coordination and strength and flexibility.
For the Body
The body is designed to function and move using the full movements of the muscles in our legs and arms. When we use these muscles with the help of the joints (knee, ankle, elbow, and wrist) we help to facilitate the circulation of vital energy in the body which enhances circulation to our internal organs. Arm movements increase the circulation of lungs and heart, and leg movement can activate internal organs such as the liver, and both the small and large intestines.
Tai Chi is very helpful for arthritic and musculo-skeletal conditions.
For Posture and Alignment Improvement
Tai Chi trains you to relax your external muscles and utilize deeper structural muscles, which strengthen the tendons and bones. It promotes proper postural alignment as you move; it teaches you to take the stress off the back, hips and shoulders, and to allow the large muscles in the legs to support your weight. Tai Chi improves balance, alignment, fine-scale motor control, rhythm of movement, the genesis of movement from the body’s center.
Centering with Tai Chi
Tai chi practice generally begins with a few moments of quietness while focusing on slow, natural breathing to help calm the mind, relax the body, and bring attention into the present moment. Known as centering, this process is rarely include in western forms of exercise and has valuable applications to relax the mind and body to help you to be more responsive and effect more graceful movements.
Perceiving the unifying elements of a situation rather than those that divide, and remembering that there is always an element within you of that which you oppose, is the state of mind most conducive to this healing exercise. This perspective on life encourages harmony and a sense of interconnectedness. It is the best and most adaptive state of mind for dealing with fearful or stressful situations or with conflict, confusion, or disappointment.
General Benefits of Tai Chi:
• Reduce anxiety and relieve stress
• Boost immune system and energy
• Improve balance and coordination
• Increase joint flexibility and prevent arthritis
• Improve sleep quality
Classes every Tuesday morning and by appointment.
Current Tai Chi classes in Toronto are held at:
YMCA: 20 Grosvenor St. on 4th floor dance studio. Tuesday 9:30am-11:00am.
Please email [email protected] to sign up!
Private classes with Richard Kwan are also available by appointment.