Tai Chi Chuan

Hi Everyone! 

As always, focusing on wellness and fitness is a major part of every day life here at HTT&T, so today I’d like to share with you a bit about what I have been up to lately…
I am taking Tai Chi Chuan classes for the Fall Semester, and I plan to return to my yoga classes in December after the Tai Chi course finishes. 

Tai Chi is something I have wanted to experience for quite some time now, so I feel very lucky to be able to participate in these classes. 

Background Information:

Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese system of exercise and martial arts, created by Taoist monks. 

Martial Arts are practiced for a variety of reasons: physical health and fitness, mental, physical, and spiritual development, relaxation, and of course, self-defense.

Tai Chi uses slow, soft, graceful movements in order to harmonize the body, mind, and spirit. This allows us to feel more grounded, engaged, and mindful of each moment. 

It is beneficial for our overall health, as well as our balance, strength, and flexibility. 

If practiced regularly it can increase vitality, enhance our sense of well-being, and cultivate a more subtle awareness of our bodies.

The style of Tai Chi we are doing is called Yang-style.

Here is a little summary of how things have been going in the course:
Week 1
1) Today was mainly focusing on the outline of what the course will involve.
2) Introduction to the basics of Tai Chi.
Week 2
1) Learning to inhale and exhale with the movement. Beginning to experience a meditative state and relaxation during the practice.
2) Adding some longer sequences into our practice. Firstly focusing on the foot work and then adding in the arm movements. 

It is early days with my practice of Tai Chi, however, I have really been enjoying it and will be happy to write another update once I am further into the course. 

If you are looking for some different options to expand and energize your current exercise routine, or if you are looking to start an exercise program altogether, then I encourage you to give Tai Chi a try.

(Note: Always get your Doctor’s “okay” before commencing any exercise program).

Have a fantastic week! 

Bridget Hales @ Hot Tea, Travel, and Thyme x

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