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    "Tai Chi", is a mind-body practice that originated in China many centuries ago. A person doing Tai Chi moves his or her body slowly and gently, while breathing deeply and meditating which is why Tai Chi is also called “moving meditation or medicine in motion.” 

    Many practitioners believe that Tai Chi helps the energy flow throughout the body of a proposed vital energy called Qi which is pronounced "Chi," which means air or power. Tai Chi is a system of physical exercise and a way of moving meditation which has been part of daily life. The Chinese characters for Tai Chi refers to “Supreme Ultimate.” It is also widely accepted that Tai Chi movement patterns were derived from forms for self-defense.

     Tai Chi is an art whose slow and gentle movements are embodied vigor and force. One blends meditation and low impact aerobics into a total mind and body through the forms. It helps the individual progress along the path of self-knowledge. From Tai Chi, health and energy are acquired for sustained concentration. Meditation helps develop inner strength, confidence, and personal efficiency.

    As a Chinese saying aptly puts it, "Inside Cotton is hidden needle."

Tai Chi is also an art form, an alchemical practice, and a ritual dance. It becomes a personal art when the pattern is thoroughly mastered and remembered. When the thoughts are not directed to anticipating what comes next, there is absorption in the quiet beauty of Tai Chi and the shapes the performer makes in space.

    Tai Chi as a system of physical exercise offers benefits similar to those of Hatha Yoga. Performance imparts a sense of well-being and physical stimulation. It improves health.

    Tai Chi, when practiced as a form of self defense, is known as Tai Chi Chuan. Chuan is Chinese for "Fist".

    Tai Chi teaches us to be yielding, non-resistant, and non-violent. We learn not to meet force with force. If someone might try to commit an act of aggression against you, at that time you must be able to stop it. 

    Tai Chi is helpful in learning to get out of the way, quickly.

As a Chinese saying puts it, "Four ounces transforms thousand pounds."

    Tai Chi is also called Kung Fu. Lately, these words have become popularized, and people believe that Kung Fu means fast fighting movements originated by the Chinese. In fact, the Chinese character for study or work is Kung. The character for person is Fu. The true meaning of Kung Fu is any task that requires time, patience, and study.

WHAT is Yielding Arts?

Self-care with internal and external results. It's a fun and solid workout, classes focus on self-expression with breathing techniques, healing and developing mindfulness. YIELD will move you! It is a cardiovascular workout that stimulates and integrates your body/mind/spirit and leaves you feeling recharged, rejuvenated and fully alive. YIELD is for all levels, from the person who wants to start moving their body to the avid fitness buff with options for all students, from beginner to advanced.




Specific Health Purpose

  • Massage the internal organs for blood flow.
  • Aid the exchange of gases in the lungs.
  • Help the digestive system work better.
  • Increase calmness and awareness.
  • Improve balance.

Three Major Connections

When Tai chi is performed, three major components are working together -

  • Movement: When doing Tai Chi, individuals feel the ground with their feet, sink their weight to the ground, and maintain good body alignment to promote stability and balance. Movements flow from one to another, with body weight shifting from the right leg to left leg to balance the empty and full feeling. The movements make up what are called b>forms (or routines). Some movements are named for animals or birds, such as "White Crane Spreads Its Wings." The simplest style of tai chi uses 13 movements; more complex styles can have dozens.
  • Meditation: While performing the gentle and slow Tai Chi movements, individuals keep their mind calm and alert, concentrating on the inner self.
  • Deep breathing: With the flow of the movements, individuals exhale stale air and toxins from the lungs, inhale a plentitude of fresh air , stretches the muscles involved in breathing, and releases tension. This way, the entire body is supplied with fresh oxygen and nutrients.

Low impact Excercise

  • It is a weight-bearing exercise that can have certain health benefits-- for example, to the bones, (soft on your joints)
  •  It is an aerobic exercise.
  • To improve physical condition, muscle strength, coordination, and flexibility.
  • To have better balance and a lower risk for falls, especially in elderly people.
  • To ease pain and stiness--for example, from arthritis.
  • For health benefits that may be experienced from meditation.
  • To improve sleep.
  • For overall wellness.