Friday, April 1, 2011

Tai Chi for Health and Fitness

It's not likely any of us will be running in marathons or entering any iron man competitions, but that doesn't mean we can't stay fit. One way to accomplish that is through Tai Chi, a gentle form of exercise that relieves stress, tones the muscles, stretches the tendons, and conditions internal organs while helping align the spine.

In July of 2010 I joined the New England branch of the International Taoist Tai Chi Society. We meet at the Adult Learning Campus in Exeter (the old high school) I began learning the 108 movement form as developed by Master Moy Lin Shin.

Joining the society allows you to attend any of the classes being offered anywhere in the world. By December, I had finished the basics and am now taking ongoing classes to learn the fine points. If I attend frequently enough, I may or may not be completed sometime before I pass on to my next lifetime.

In some ways, Tai Chi is like chess. You can learn the basic moves and get a great deal of enjoyment and stimulation fairly quickly, but to master it can take a lifetime. To accomplish this, a few times a year there are intensive workshops where master teachers offer a full day of training. In March there was an intensive workshop that was followed by a dinner to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, and talent show where members shared their other loves and skills.

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