You’re not just moving the body, you’re bringing life into it. By circling the eyes, for example, you’re freeing them up from stagnation and decay (atrophy), and allowing them to serve as “gates” (men) through which energy may enter the body. Think of tai chi this way.
This review [published in 2010] has identified numerous outcomes with varying levels of evidence for the efficacy for Qigong and Tai Chi, including bone health, cardiopulmonary fitness and related biomarkers, physical function, falls prevention and balance, general quality of life and patient reported outcomes, immunity, and psychological factors such as anxiety, depression and self-efficacy. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3085832/
More from people discovering tai chi http://www.organicauthority.com/health/tai-chi-the-ultimate-exercise-for-staying-physically-and-mentally-young.html
The magic of tai chi is that as a movement method it has universal application in other forms of movement. Tai chi principles, which happen to have developed from martial arts applications, are increasingly applied to the purpose of improving and maintaining overall health and well-being. In some respects, it’s not “tai chi” anymore, rather a modernized articulation of a practice and method transferable to many forms of movement.
This text comes from By Azriel ReShel on Wednesday April 20th, 2016 at the website upliftconnect.com. This is really big news, but I somehow don’t feel that it is so new. I’ve “believed” it true for years, never thought it could be any other way. I have also seen the real effects of practicing the principles of tai chi and qigong, both of which are mentioned in this article. Countless others have for millennia, as well. Either way, it’s good to have it confirmed by science, right? http://upliftconnect.com/science-proves-meridians-exist/
We think we have to separate tai chi practice from our jobs and other daily requirements. We see it as a time thing. We either have time for tai chi or we don’t. We have to work. No doubt about that. Tai chi is extracurricular, not necessary. This is difficult to accept as a teacher and a long-time practitioner. I prefer to see the issue as a “timing” thing and what kinds of movement can fall under the category of “tai chi.” By that I mean that if we time it right, we can do tai chi anytime during the day by simply recognizing that we have a minute or two to do something—however little it Read More …
Here is an article with a link to the study presentation showing another way in which tai chi helps people, particularly with breathing. I enjoy sharing such good information about my favorite exercise. CF Patients Benefit from Home Tai Chi Training Using Video Calls, Face-to-Face Sessions #NACFC2016 – CF Patients Benefit from Home Tai Chi Training Using Video Calls, Face-to-Face Sessions
Work and job activities may cause energy to stagnate and decay. This negative inertia seems difficult to overcome after sitting long periods at a computer or performing repetitive motions for hours. We’re worn out when we get to tai chi class. We don’t feel like doing what seems like even more of the same depleting work. From within a state of fatigue, we fight a hopeless battle that can’t be won. Or so it seems. This is when it’s time to transcend and transform. Recognize that this dragged-down feeling is not yours to keep. You don’t have to own it. It is not your energy. It is the energy of your workplace, your job and its Read More …