What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is an ancient form of Chinese martial arts practiced worldwide by people of all ages and abilities. It is a slow and gentle exercise perfect for older adults. This low impact activity is a series of breathing techniques and movements that help with flexibility, stability, and muscle strengthening without adding pressure to your bones and joints.
How it Works
Often lead by an instructor, Tai Chi focuses on purposeful movements built for functionality and balance in everyday activities. Other benefits also include reduction of stress and anxiety, improvement in immune function, and increases strength and function for people with chronic or serious illnesses.
How to Get Started
If you or your loved one can benefit from Tai Chi, check out your local recreation centre or community centre that may offer classes. If those options are not available, there are many videos online or DVDs that you can watch and practice from the comfort of your own home.
We recommend starting with the basic movements of Tai Chi from an instructor, to ensure proper posture and safe techniques. Check out these videos from the YMCA to get started (we recommend starting with the Crane Walk exercises before beginning your practice).