Taoist Tai Chi is a mix of Taoism and Tai Chi Chuan. It is a more complete approach than either one of them because it works both on your mind and body. It has developed as a holistic approach to health and well-being and combines both approaches in a unified practice.
Tai Chi Chuan, translated as Supreme Ultimate Fist, is a practice developed for defense and for its health benefits, so it's focused more on perfecting the body. Taoist practices are a series of philosophical and religious beliefs which have evolved in ancient India and China.
Here's what you need to know...
#1 This practice has roots in martial arts and Taoism, a set of philosophical traditions and beliefs that stress moderation, compassion and harmony.
#2: It's a great practice for your mind and body. Its practitioners claim the following health benefits:
* The stretching aspects improve the function of ligaments, tendons and joints.
* It is a weight-bearing exercise and as such can help maintain bone density.
* Taoist Tai Chi forms stimulate the spinal nerves which results in a balanced effect on the nervous system.
* The long stretches reduce muscular tension.
* By relaxing the mind while doing the exercises, the brain requires less energy and the stress levels are reduced.
* Helps to regulate the immune system.
#3: It helps you escape from the stress of our modern lives. In order to properly practice the art, you need to quiet your mind, which is easier said that done in our modern society. You need to take a step back from worries, doubts and tasks to your basic nature of stillness, compassion and peace.
#4: Taoist Tai Chi Society is a vibrant non-profit organization with more than 40000 members in 26 countries. Their mission is to bring benefits to all people. The society is very popular in Canada and is growing fast. Some chapters offer health recovery oriented classes for those with special needs.
If you are serious about improving your overall health, you should definitely try out a few Taoist Tai Chi exercises. If they make you feel better and more relaxed, it can become a very beneficial daily practice for you. In the past few years many high quality DVD programs have been produced to teach the basic exercises and philosophy behind the art of Taoist Tai Chi. These programs can help get you started with the basics before seeking professional instruction.