Taoist Tai Chi for Baby-Boomers

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Taoist Tai Chi For Baby-Boomers

Taoist Tai Chi is a great way for Baby-Boomers to stay flexible as they age.

The first time I ever saw Taoist Tai Chi was on the evening news by a reporter who liked to seek out different human interest stories. He happened to see all these (mostly) Asian people in a park practising Taoist Tai Chi and shared it with the viewers. I just found it so ‘pretty’ that was the only word I could use to describe it. And I promised myself ‘one day’ I’m going to try this. Although there are a predominant number of elderly people, both Asians and Caucasians who practice Taoist Tai Chi, it is something that anyone at any age can do. Fung Loy Kok (Taoist Tai Chi) was founded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1970.’

From their website, ‘Taoist Tai Chi™ internal arts are specifically aimed at cultivating health and vitality and were developed by Master Moy Lin-shin, a Taoist monk.

There are several forms of Tai Chi. The Energy Arts website outlines five major styles or forms of Tai Chi. Taoist Tai Chi is the only one I’ve tried. It is a beautiful thing to see and be a part of when there are several dozens of people all moving together in synchrony and harmony.

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Taoist Tai Chi practitioners in a park

When I started taking Taoist Tai Chi, I was experiencing chronic pain and stiffness from fibromyalgia; I had very little energy and very little balance. After a few months, my balance increased significantly. And my instructor noticed that as I tripped on a floor mat that I was able to catch myself and prevent a serious fall. I know one member who greatly improved her lung capacity after only a few months – which helped alleviate some of the symptoms of COPD.

Tai Chi is not really a solitary activity, but people do some of the moves and exercises at home to keep limber.

Have you tried Tai Chi? What is your experience of Tai Chi? Post your comments in the box below.

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