Is it like​ Yoga?

Many of our new members ask us what the difference is, here is a quick guide.

Origins

TTai Chi originates from ancient China whereas yoga’s origins are in India

Movement

Unlike yoga, poses are never held, slow movement creates a fluid motion.

boundary

In Tai chi the world has no boundary’s, it can be performed in any setting

impact

Yoga can be physically demanding however Tai Chi focuses on low impact.

breathing

Breath is used to store and deliver energy during movement in both forms.

Postion

Yoga is based on various positions whereas Tai chi is predominately standing.

Can Tai Chi help with arthritis?

Yes - Medical studies have shown Tai chi can relieve pain for people with arthritis and improve their quality of lives.  This is supported by Arthritis foundations around the world and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in America. 

Can Tai Chi help prevent falls? 

Attending one class will NOT stop you falling over!! 
However if you attend class and regularly practice at home you will naturally improve your strength, mobility and balance, which will aid your body's natural ability and help reduce falls.

Is Tai Chi good for treating osteoporosis?

SamTai Chi will not cure osteoporosis, however it will help improve quality of life.  An excellent study showed tai chi slowed down the loss of bone density. When people with osteoporosis fall they are more likely to sustain a fracture. Many studies have shown that tai chi reduces falls.  People with osteoporosis often have arthritis and loss of function due to age and weakness. Tai chi relieves pain from arthritis, improves balance and the ability to do daily activities. Tai chi helps people feel more relaxed and improves mental strength so they can cope better with their conditions. 

Is Tai Chi suitable for me?

T ai Chi is commonly performed as a low-impact exercise, which means it won't put much pressure on your bones and joints. Making it suitable for anyone, regardless of age. - Our pupils range from 6 months to 97 years of age! We would always recommend you get advice from your GP before starting a new exercise program.  You may need to take certain precautions if you're pregnant, have a hernia, back pain or severe osteoporosis. 

What are the health benefits of Tai Chi? 


strength & flexibility

Important for supporting and protecting joints and is essential for normal physical function. 

improve balance

Tai chi movements emphasize weight transference to improve balance and prevent falls.

improve fitness

Improving the overall functioning of the heart, lungs, and muscles.

reduce stress

By slowing down!! focusing on the gentle flowing movements and calming breathing.

natural pain relief

Tai chi incorporates medical science to quickly deliver health benefits and can ​elevate pain.