Tai Chi for Stress Relief

We all have stress in our days, sometimes it’s the stress of too much work, sometimes it’s the stress of boredom. Exercise is one of the best ways to deal with stress, and Tai Chi is supreme at stress relief.

One of my students last night mentioned that she always slept better after class. Others have reported sleeping better for 2 or 3 nights after just one class. And all of my students leave Tai Chi feeling calmer and more relaxed.

Practicing balance in Tai Chi

Practicing balance in Tai Chi

What makes Tai Chi so effective? It’s a combination of mental, physical and breath focusing in harmony. The mind leads the motion, including the physical motions of the body and the internal energy movement. Breathing slowly in harmony with the movement increases intake of oxygen, which sends more energy through the body. Exercise in general has been proven to increase endorphins which can improve your mood and relax you. Plus, the movements of Tai Chi were designed with a purpose, for martial arts, and for effective use of the energy flow throughout the body.

Another student of Tai Chi, Michelle Thorns, recently wrote a great blog on stress. Enjoy her post, and may your stress be relieved by doing Tai Chi.

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