Tai chi is sometimes described as meditation in movements. The slow control movements in Tai chi lengthens the muscles in the body, especially those shortened, tensed muscles that can cause pain and are prone to injuries. Tai Chi uses the small muscle groups in the body, encouraging not to drive movements with large muscle groups. Tai chi improves balance by increasing strength in the legs and teaches the body to engage the trunk area and stand in alignment. This ancient practice of martial arts when practice regularly will improve mobility, flexibility, strength and general well being. It is important to couple the movements with abdominal breathing if one wants to cultivate qi (energy), longevity. Tai chi practice is often used to relax the body and the mind. The ability to further relax the body is the ability to demonstrate yi ( intention, mindfulness.) The more advanced you become in your practice, one develops the ability to empty and full in your movements as it flows with gracefulness, when and where to distribute weight and strength through the concept of 'chong' (weight). Tai chi practice sustains mental well-being as well as the physiological well being of the human body.
- Wendy Chan Tai Chi.