Did you know that Tai Chi dates back over 2,000 years ago? Tai Chi is “meditative body movements that were originally for self-defense and to promote inner peace and calm.” For Peter Wayne, the research director at Harvard's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, it is “a mind-body exercise that integrates slow, gentle movements, breathing and a variety of cognitive components, including focused attention, imagery and multi-tasking.”
Practitioners in China and in the Western world have discovered the health benefits from Tai Chi, including:
- Improvements in balance
- Blood pressure
- General heart health
- Mental Health
- Symptoms associated with
- Parkinson’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
It’s a steady-paced and healthy exercise that many can get into, so why not start now? We've got lots of materials below to help you learn Tai Chi on your own, or if you're a more social learner experience Tai Chi in a group setting at one of our many Tai Chi programs in July and August. Check out our full slate of Health & Fitness programs to keep your family healthy and happy this summer.
5 Day Fit Chi
This integrative Tai Chi program offers five distinct routines, each geared towards a specific purpose, so that viewers can practice whatever their needs are in a given day. The segments include AM Tai Chi, PM Tai Chi, Qigong Stress Relief, Qigong Detox, and Energy Chi. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
Discover Tai Chi: For Back Care
Back stress, pain, and stiffness often result from inactivity, stagnant energy, poor circulation, and repetitive one-dimensional physical patterns. Move gently out of your rut with Scott Cole and the graceful healing art of Tai Chi as you breathe new life and Chi (energy) into your back and entire body, while improving overall strength, mobility, and flexibility. With frequent practice this easy-to-follow program will help relieve back pain, release frozen joints, and restore your energy to its natural free-flowing state, bathing our body, mind, and spirit in a series of back-healthy Chi Kung and Tai Chi-inspired movements, stretches, and postures.
Discover Tai Chi: AM / PM Workouts
The first workout is designed to raise energy and increase awareness in the morning hours, and the second to release stress and tension at day's end. Cole's cross-disciplinary blend of tai chi movements, Chi Kung exercises, guided meditation and light stretching offers potent benefits that promote a healthy, balanced body and a serene mind.
Discover Tai Chi for Beginners
Ease into the moment, leaving your stress-filled agenda far behind as you follow Scott through a seamless journey of healing Chi Kung exercises and easy-to-follow Tai Chi postures designed to open up energy channels, improve breathing and posture, strengthen your core and leg base, and inspire you to move gracefully like a tree in the breeze!
The Mind Inside Tai Chi: Sustaining a Joyful Heart by Henry Zhuang
Step-by-step, the author presents a clear exploration of the benefits of Tai Chi. Some benefits are physical (strength, balance, vitality), while others are internal (virtue, courage, harmony). This careful examination will help you answer the first big question, "why should I get involved with tai chi practice."
The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart, and Sharp Mind by Peter Wayne
Dr. Peter M. Wayne, a longtime Tai Chi teacher and a researcher at Harvard Medical School, developed and tested protocols similar to the simplified program he includes in this book, which is suited to people of all ages, and can be done in just a few minutes a day. This book includes: • The basic program, illustrated by more than 50 photographs • Practical tips for integrating Tai Chi into everyday activities • An introduction to the traditional principles of Tai Chi • Up-to-date summaries of the research literature on the health benefits of Tai Chi • How Tai Chi can enhance work productivity, creativity, and sports performance • And much more
Tai Chi, Volume II by Llewellyn
This disc presents music for Tai Chi and relaxation and is useful for professionals or beginners. The music has more of a Western new age sound than an Asian sound.
Zen Music for Relaxation
Discover Zen-like peace as modern and traditional instruments entwine for a truly relaxing experience, including the soothing sounds of a mountain stream.
Published since 1977, T'AI CHI continues to provide an exchange of information and ideas as well as news of activities in the T'ai Chi Ch'uan community. The articles include interviews with experts about the philosophy behind internal martial arts as well as the nuts and bolts of correct, productive practice, including the ways to improve internal energy and strength.