By Robert Bradley
Our body is subject to the laws of time. They begin to change from the moment of birth, and continue to evolve until the moment we pass away. Of course, some of these changes are microscopic and not perceptible. It is only after the change becomes significant when we recognize the effects.
One of the effects of aging is diminishing or loosening of our four physical conditions. They are, strength, flexibility, resistance (endurance) and balance. An additional challenge associated with age is the changing shape of our brain cells.
Tai Chi, an internal martial art, is a highly recommended technique designed to slow down, prevent, and in some cases, even reverse damages that develop over time.
In Cuenca, a group of expats take advantage of the revitalizing benefits of Tai Chi with certified master instructor Eduardo González. The group meets in public plazas and parks close to El Centro, practicing the craft’s ancient techniques.
Tai Chi dates to the 13th century, when martial artists, Chinese medical doctors, and Taoist philosophers combined their knowledge to create a discipline that would address and benefit the whole being — body, mind, and emotions. Among the reported benefits of building a more harmonious discipline, such as Tai Chi, is creating an environment that allows the spirit to grow, and lives to be centered on living in “the moment.”
Tai Chi is defined as an internal martial art in contrast to the more well-known external martial arts, like karate, kung fu or tae kwon do. These forms are based on defending oneself against outside pressures or attacks made by others. Internal martial arts claim the enemy is within, and that by disciplining the mind, practitioners conquer the oppression of daily life.
A typical Tai Chi class has no competitions between the participants; the only fight is personal.
This slow and elaborate movements practiced in this martial art encourages the mind to focus on the movements of the moment, increasing attention span capacity. One’s breath becomes slower, following the rhythm of the body, allowing more oxygen intake with each breath, slowing one’s heart rate which benefits the respiratory and circulatory systems.
Tai Chi addresses every joint in the body in an slow and gentle way, with zero impact, while improving flexibility and balance.
By working with these movements, the relation between mind and body improves, impacting emotional health, as well. Because the mind, body and emotions are interrelated, practicing an art that focuses on centering the mind, increasing flexibility, and practicing deep breathing exercises, is an excellent discipline for people of all ages.
For more information about Cuenca Tai Chi, contact:
Tai Chi and Qui Gong Instructor
Certified Instructor in Meditation at Chopra Center for Well Being
Cel 099 525 2898 / email@example.com