Many of our new members ask us what the difference is, here is a quick guide.
Tai Chi originates from ancient China whereas yoga’s origins are in India
Unlike yoga, poses are never held, slow movement creates a fluid motion.
In Tai chi the world has no boundary’s, it can be performed in any setting
Yoga can be physically demanding however Tai Chi focuses on low impact.
Breath is used to store and deliver energy during movement in both forms.
Yoga is based on various positions whereas Tai chi is predominately standing.
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.
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.
Tai 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.
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 5 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.
Yes you can, however as with an DVD program you would miss out on the tip and advise in class, not to mention having a teacher on hand to ensure your style is correct, effective and won't cause injury. You can consider using a book or DVD once you're familiar with the poses but we hope you will love our classes and will want to stay.
Yes, such as Yang, Chen, Sun, and Wu. Some teachers often practise a combination of styles. The main differences between the different Tai Chi styles are in the speed of movement and the way the body holds the postures.
There are many styles and forms of Tai Chi, each style has its own features, but all share the same essential principles. The essential principles are: mindful control of movements and breathing; generating internal energy, song (loosening 松) and jing (serenity 静).
Important for supporting and protecting joints and is essential for normal physical function.
Tai Chi movements emphasize weight transference to improve balance and prevent falls.
Improving the overall functioning of the heart, lungs, and muscles.
By slowing down and focusing on the gentle flowing movements and calming breathing.
Tai Chi incorporates medical science to quickly deliver health benefits and can elevate pain.