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When I think of Tai Chi first thing that comes into my mind, is a documentary about Vietnam I have seen a long time ago. I missed the beginning, and went right to the scene were they showed a Rikshadriver jumping and I mean jumping and laughing on his bike, speeding around in Saigon. They also showed him doing Tai Chi. I was wondering way they showed him for such a long time. Well, it turns out he was 95 years old, with black hair and really fit. He did Tai Chi everyday for over 50 years.

However, I am biased as I found my home in Yoga and I have no personal experience with Tai Chi. From observation and listening to people who do it, I would say it teaches  concentration and focuses the mind, it relaxes and probably also improves flexibility and stamina. However, in Yoga there is also the often underestimated aspect of weight training, which I consider important, especially for women, as it has been shown that it can be a helpful factor in osteoporosis prevention. Also, I have had clients who do Tai Chi and still do not breathe properly. With Yoga I have seen the right breathing to generalise more easily into everyday living. But, I would say doing Tai Chi is better than not doing anything.

My guess it has the same challenge like Yoga. To really make a difference you should be doing it every day. Once a week feels nice, but doesn't really change anything. I go with motto, which I also preach to my Yoga student: "a little bit of something is better than a lot of nothing". So a daily small program can make a big difference over time, also with Tai Chi.

by Fran on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 08:55:50 AM EST
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