I have previously written about Standing Meditation and the numerous physical, mental and emotional benefits. Last year I had the opportunity to write an article for Leiden Magazine on Tai Chi which was featured on their website.
Tai chi is an ancient exercise art of health building, power development and inward advancement. A holistic art, tai chi has centuries of evidence showing that it can meld the mind, body and spirit into one. The goals of tai chi are multidimensional with a strong emphasis on how to keep your body as young as possible as you go through each phase of your life.
A class in tai chi is geared towards boosting your level of health. This is achieved through deliberate, slowed down movements which strongly affect the nervous system and tendons. Tai chi movements are designed to decompress your spine and create space inside your torso and joints. For a western culture that does almost everything in a sitting position (eating, driving, computing, socialising, watching TV), learning how to do this is vital for reversing the effects of gravity on posture.
This is only a small snippet of the article I wrote for Leiden Magazine. If you would like to read the full article go to http://leidenmagazine.com.au/2017/08/06/ancient-practice-tai-chi/