太極 Tai Chi (Tai Chi Chuan, Taiji, Taijiquan)
Tai Chi (pronounced Tie Gee or often Tie Chee) is a popular form of moving meditation Qigong exercises. Originally an internal style of fighting called Tai Chi Chuan or Taijiquan which means Great Ultimate Fist, it is often now practiced as a form of gentle exercise for health and well being.
Learning a full Taiji form such as the Yang Style 24 Movements Short Form can be rather difficult and time consuming so it is often easier to first learn a simpler set of Tai Chi Meditative Movements. These may be learned and practiced individually and then combined into a full set of Tai Chi meditative movements.
I recorded a video while practicing the full set of seven Tai Chi Meditative Movements outside set to relaxing meditative music. I also broke the full set up into seven separate videos of each individual move for easier learning. The videos below include the full set as well as each of the individual moves.
Medical Studies of Tai Chi for Health Improvement
- Health Benefits of Tai Chi: What Is the Evidence
- Tai Chi and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Compared for Treatment-Naive Patients With COPD: A Randomized Controlled Trial
- Tai Chi improves balance and prevents falls in people with Parkinson’s disease
- Effects of Tai Chi on Cognition and Fall Risk in Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Randomized Controlled Trial
- The Effect of Taiji Exercises on Postural Stability and Control in Older Patients With Knee Osteoarthritis
- The Influence of Tai Chi and Yoga on Balance and Falls in a Residential Care Setting: A Randomised Controlled Trial
- Taiji for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: A Pilot Study
- Exploring the Adaptability of Tai Chi to Stroke Rehabilitation
- The Effect of Six Weeks of Tai Chi Chuan Training on the Motor Skills of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Tai Chi Can Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Improve Cardiopulmonary Function of Adults With Obesity Aged 50 Years and Older: A Long-Term Follow-Up Study
- Taiji for Upper Limb Rehabilitation in Stroke Patients: The Patient’s Perspective
- The Effects of Tai Chi on Lung Function, Exercise Capacity and Health Related Quality of Life for Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Pilot Study
- And Many More…
These Movements are based on those described in the book – Chi: Discovering Your Life Energy.