"Tai chi, which originated in China as a martial art, is a mind and body practice. Tai chi is sometimes referred to as 'moving meditation' - practitioners move their bodies slowly, gently, and with awareness, while breathing deeply." - NCCAM
If you are new to Tai Chi Chuan or would like more information about its health benefits, you may find the following references of interest. Probably the best way to gain an understanding is to just try it out and feel the health benefits directly. Master Janny Wu is an experienced teacher for people who are new to Tai Chi or Qigong as well as for those who already have years of experience. Healthy living through Tai Chi Chuan is something that can start at any age and can last a lifetime.
"The benefits of tai chi include: Decreased stress and anxiety, Increased aerobic capacity, Increased energy and stamina, Increased flexibility, balance and agility, Increased muscle strength and definition." - Mayo Clinic Staff
"Tai Chi training has significant benefits for common cardiovascular risk factors, such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, poor exercise capacity, endothelial dysfunction, and depression." - eCAM
"Some of tai chi’s potential perks include: Improved strength and better balance, Reduced pain and stiffness, Enhanced sleep, and Increased immunity to shingles." - WebMD
- Health Benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong - An article published by WebMD.
- Tai chi: A gentle way to fight stress - An article published by the Mayo Clinic Staff.
- Tai Chi - An article published by NCCAM, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine which is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine.
- Tai chi chuan exercise for patients with cardiovascular disease - An article published by eCAM (Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Here's a four minute video which aired on KCRA channel 3. It describes Tai Chi and interviews some of Janny Wu's students who practice together on weekday mornings.