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7 Top Benefits of Tai Chi

7 Top Benefits of Tai Chi

Originating in ancient China, Tai Chi is an effective exercise for mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and soon delivers  a vast array of health benefits. For many, it continues over their lifetime. Here’s 7 reasons you should start your journey today:

1 Stress Relief
The breathing, movement, and mental concentration required from Tai Chi are the perfect distraction from a hectic lifestyle. The mind-body connection is also important here, as breathing combined with body movement and hand-eye coordination can promote calmness.

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

3 Build MuscleTai Chi
Practicing Tai Chi is a fantastic way to build and tone muscles. Throughout a session your legs are constantly working. The upper body also gets a great workout and many of the specific movements will help you build good lean muscle in no time.

4 You’re never too old
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.

5 Stress Less
It’s estimated that there is currently more than 400,00 adults throughout Ireland who will suffer from depression and/or anxiety at some stage throughout their life. However, Tai Chi is a great solution and an alternative to many medications.

More than 40 studies have been done on the effects of Tai Chi on mood and overwhelmingly, it has been shown to significantly relieve depression and anxiety (helping patients reduce medication intake), and alleviate withdrawal symptoms during drug-and-alcohol treatment programs.

6 Boost Your Immune System
Studies have found that subjects who practiced Tai Chi had twice the immune response as the control subjects. The study suggests that “tai chi is an approach that might complement and augment the efficacy of other vaccines.” So the next time yoID-100112438u get your flu shot, back it up with a little Tai Chi practice, and it could be twice as effective!

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

Tai Chi with Younis starts Tuesday 29th November. If you’re interested in exploring Tai Chi further this is the perfect place to get started.

 

About the author: Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa opened The elbowroom in February 2003. Mother to Tuilelaith and Sean, director of The elbowroom and with a crew of over 60 staff, she is a busy bee. Lisa leads a team committed to bringing health and vitality to all of her clients. Lisa currently teaches in our yoga training programs and oversees pregnancy yoga and mum & baby yoga. Lisa works hard developing healthy food choices for Yin & Tonic @ The elbowroom. She specialises paediatric and pregnancy with workshops, yoga therapy, and craniosacral therapy.

The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.