Tai chi chuan is the ancient Chinese way to achieving sound health and tranquillity.

Benefits of Tai Chi

We have not been able to cope with the changes occurring in our environment and lifestyle due to modernization and globalization. Often, we find ourselves unable to maintain a work life balance in our pursuit to achieve our goals. Thus leading to lower productivity, health disorders & strained relationships

The resultant symptoms are stress, health complications and lack of happiness / confidence and many more.

Thus the practice of Tai Chi can help mitigate these ills as Tai Chi is not just a martial art form or a set of exercises to improve health, it is a way of life.

The ancient teachings of Tai Chi are relevant even in today’s day and age. Tai Chi heals at a much deeper level as compared to other exercises which help in building only external physical health.

For a beginner, Tai Chi may seem like a set of gentle movements that form a routine, encompassing breath control and transfer of body weight from one leg to the other. However, as one progresses the efficacy of regular practice can be felt strongly as Tai Chi facilitates in shaping a sound physical self as well as the mind and spirit.

Several advanced techniques like Chi Kung, Tui Shou (push hands), can be learnt to beat stress, weight management, increase immunity and last but not least practitioners can enhance their combat skills as well. Thus Tai Chi can be practiced by people of all age groups.

Benefits of Tai Chi:
Some of the benefits are listed below:
Increased oxygen intake  utilization
Reduced blood pressure
Control over diabetes
Increased bone density
Increased strength & flexibility of joints
Reduced levels of stress hormones
Improved libido
Improved Immunity
Weight control / reduction

Taichi is also beneficial to people suffering from arthritis, rheumatism, osteoporosis and sinus. It also helps the human body delay the physical and mental aging thus revitalizing the body and spirit.


  1. 10 Benefits of Tai Chi That Will Surprise You

    Tai Chi is an extremely interesting and enjoyable art form. Even better, it’s easy to practice. The requirements for equipment and space are absolutely minimal and the exercises can be practiced almost anywhere. Most importantly, the benefits of Tai Chi are immediately apparent to anyone who participates in it.

    1. It Isn’t Just A Fad
    Unlike so many exercises, Tai Chi isn’t a new fad that will disappear just as quickly as it arrived. It has existed and been practiced in China for over a thousand years.

    2. It’s For All Ages
    Tai Chi is a gentle art. So much so that people of almost any age or physical condition can undertake it. In fact, many prominent teachers began their careers teaching Tai Chi late in life.

    3. Strength and Endurance
    Tai Chi has proven to be an exercise with significant benefits in the areas of balance, upper- and lower-body muscular strength and endurance, and upper- and lower-body flexibility, particularly in older adults. In one such study, people in their 60s and 70s practiced Tai Chi three times a week for 12 weeks. They also undertook a myriad of physical fitness tests to measure balance, muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility before and after the 12 weeks. After just six weeks, statistically significant improvements were observed in balance, muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility measures. Improvements in each of these areas increased further after 12 weeks.

    4. Asthma
    The focus on proper breathing techniques makes Tai Chi incredibly beneficial for sufferers of asthma.

    5. Fibromyalgia
    Fibromyalgia is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders and is associated with high levels of impaired health and incredibly painful symptoms. The cause of fibromylagia (FM) is unknown, and there is no known cure. In a study of 39 subjects with FM who practiced Tai Chi bi-weekly for six weeks, it was found that FM symptoms and health-related quality of life improved after the study. This could be good news for many other individuals who suffer from this disorder.

    6. Aerobic Capacity
    Aerobic capacity diminishes as we age, but research on traditional forms of aerobic exercises has shown that it can improve with regular training. In another meta-analytic study, researchers looked at seven studies focusing on the effects of Tai Chi on aerobic capacity in adults with an average age of 55 years. The investigators found that individuals who practiced Tai Chi regularly for a year had higher aerobic capacity than sedentary individuals around the same age.

    7. Stress Relief
    The breathing, movement, and mental concentration required of individuals who practice Tai Chi are the perfect distraction from their hectic lifestyles. The mind-body connection is also important here, as it has been reported that breathing combined with body movement and hand-eye coordination promotes calmness.

    8. Walking
    Walking speed decreases with age and research suggests that it may be associated with an increased risk of falling. In one study, however, it was found that individuals who practiced Tai Chi walked significantly more steps than individuals who did not.

    9. Joint Health
    Many forms of ordinary exercise subject the shoulders, knees, the back and other joints to ill-conceived, repetitive, unnatural movements. As such, a great number of active people eventually develop joint problems. However, classical Tai Chi, through the experience of multiple generations of practitioners who practiced from a young age until the end of life, fully grasps the importance of proper postures and movements to protect and strengthen the practitioner’s joints for long-term, repetitive practice.

    10. Internal Organ Health
    Tai Chi’s fluid spiraling and bending movements, as well as its breathing and meditation components, massage the internal organs and release them from damaging constrictions brought about by stress, poor posture, and difficult working conditions. It also aids the exchange of gases in the lungs and help the digestive system to work better.

  2. This Sunday, today, at Chembur, running, stances, conditioning … this is the first time I experienced being hit and kicked in practice … amazing what Tai Chi makes you willing to submit to.

    The crowning experience was Rakesh leading us in Form 24, slowly, very slowly thirteen minutes … during that time I felt we were in the tangible presence of something much larger than ourselves …

  3. Rakesh has been through a grueling course, 14 hours a day of training in chi kung. Came through with flying colours, awarded “The Best Student of the Season”.

  4. For the past two weeks, Rakesh has been in Thailand for a course with Mantak Chia. We wish him well, but classes are not the same without him. Still … we managed … and this is an indication of his integrity as a teacher … all the regulars turned up and of course one can say nothing about the irregulars.
    Eagerly awaiting his return …

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