Venue: Square of the Temple of Heaven or specific parks
Duration: 2 hours
Summary: Don't miss out the chance to experience this popular exercise in hospitals, clinics, communities and senior centers in the background of China’s icon building.
Tai Chi Chuan is a slow-moving meditative exercise for relaxation, health maintenance and self-defense. Originating in China, Tai Chi has gained enormous popularity in the rest of the world for its health benefits. Its training forms are recognised by Westerners as the slow motion routines that groups of people practice together every morning in parks around the world, particularly in China.
Tai Chi had its origins in Taoism and Martial Arts. At the time of its development, Tai Chi was a very potent art, jealously guarded by a few families and used primarily for self defense. Tai chi chuan is a component of Chinese Kongfu. The translation of this Chinese term can be "supreme ultimate fist", "boundless fist", "great extremes boxing", or simply "the ultimate". Today we may use Tai Chi to "fight" fatigue, stress, overwork or lack of understanding of oneself and one's body. T'ai Chi is reputed to increase one's longevity, perhaps by preventing another person from harming you; but certainly by keeping stress from killing or injuring you. Daily practice of Tai Chi promotes mental clarity and a healthy body, assists with balance and helps the circulation of the ch'i and the blood.
When you exercise with Tai chi chuan, although it employs slow movements, you will also feel tired. Do you want to know the reason? Join this activity and you will find the answer.