by Dr. Dharumarajen Nayagum,
Guest writer, In5D.com
The melodious flow
In the morning lights
Dancing with grace
To the Rhythm
1. What is Tai chi?
Tai chi is part of the Chinese tradition of qigong, which is a system of exercises to facilitate the flow of chi through the body. The posture movement inspired from the animal kingdom is a form of martial arts defense and attack.
To embrace the life force which creates all allowing every fibre of our being to receive and heal from the bountiful energy of the universe.
2. Yin And Yang
Tai chi is symbolized by the balance of Yin and Yang balancing each other and always in movement.
According to wikipedia, Yin and Yang are defined as follows:
A reliable Chinese-English dictionary gives the following translation equivalents.
Yin 陰 or 阴 Noun ① [philosophy] negative/passive/female principle in nature ② Surname Bound morpheme ① the moon ② shaded orientation ③ covert; concealed; hidden ④ ⑦ negative ⑧ north side of a hill ⑨ south bank of a river ⑩ reverse side of a stele ⑪in intaglio Stative verb ① overcast ② sinister; treacherous
Yang 陽 or 阳 Bound morpheme ① [Chinese philosophy] positive/active/male principle in nature ②the sun ④ in relief ⑤ open; overt ⑥ belonging to this world ⑦ [linguistics] masculine ⑧ south side of a hill ⑨ north bank of a river.
The compound yinyang 陰陽 or 阴阳 means “yin and yang; opposites; ancient Chinese astronomy; occult arts; astrologer; geomancer; etc.”.
3. Benefits of Tai Chi
An article from Harvard’s Medical school website reports the benefits of the practice of Tai Chi. Excerpts from this article are:
“There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health.”(1)
“A growing body of carefully conducted research is building a compelling case for tai chi as an adjunct to standard medical treatment for the prevention and rehabilitation of many conditions commonly associated with age,” says Peter M. Wayne, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Tai Chi and Mind-Body Research Program at Harvard Medical School’s Osher Research Center.(1)
4. Getting Started
It is best to learn Tai chi from a teacher, at least to get started.
You might find these lessons from Jake useful:
About the authorL Dr Dharumarajen Nayagum has a PhD in Fluid Mechanics, he has a passion for self-development, alternative practices and therapies. He enjoys blogging on his website http://www.mecounsellor.org/blog/