Tai Chi Chuan
TPFF & NY College of Health Professions Offer Tai Chi Chuan at Harlem School of the Arts 2023
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We are pleased to offer a new program in Tai Chi, a practice is acknowledged as a wellness practice for both Physical and Behavioral Wellness
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Tai chi is a series of gentle physical exercises and stretches. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. Tai chi is sometimes described as meditation in motion because it promotes serenity through gentle movements — connecting the mind and body.”
The practice of Tai Chi is useful for people of all ages. Here’s a brief summary about Tai Chi:
Originally developed in ancient China for self-defense, tai chi evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and to help with a variety of other health conditions.
Tai chi has many different styles. Each style has its own subtle emphasis on various tai chi principles and methods. As a result, there are more than 100 possible movements and positions with tai chi.
Regardless of the variation, all forms of tai chi include rhythmic patterns of movement that are coordinated with breathing to help you achieve a sense of inner calm.
The emotional and physical benefits of meditation can include:
- Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
- Building skills to manage your stress
- Increasing self-awareness
- Focusing on the present
- Reducing negative emotions
- Increasing imagination and creativity
- Increasing patience and tolerance
- Lowering resting heart rate
- Lowering resting blood pressure
- Improving sleep quality
(information from the Mayo Clinic- Introduction to Tai Chi - Mayo Clinic)