tai chi

Tai Chi

Practice a series of slow, flowing movements to improve balance, flexibility, and relaxation.


Achieve inner calm and bodily relaxation through gentle, flowing movements.


Stress and tension can lead to various physical and mental health issues:

  • Nervousness and restlessness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Muscular tension and pain
  • Difficulty focusing and concentrating


Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art, uses slow, deliberate movements to promote relaxation and well-being.

In a nutshell:

  1. Find a quiet space with ample room to move around. 
  2. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, bend your knees a bit, and keep your arms relaxed.
  3. Begin with a simple movement, such as raising and lowering your arms in sync with your breath.
  4. Gradually progress to more complex exercises, paying close attention to your breath and body alignment.
  5. Practice regularly for optimal results.

My Take

Tai Chi is like a moving meditation that calms the mind and helps the body feel more relaxed. It can reduce stress, improve balance, and enhance overall well-being.

When you practice Tai Chi, you engage your muscles, joints, and connective tissues in a gentle way, which can help release built-up tension.

I have yet to try it, and it’s on my list. However, I also often switch to consciously slow movements at home once I notice I am rushing 🙂 that’s sort of my first step toward Tai Chi…


  • Low-impact exercise, for all ages and fitness levels
  • Can be practiced indoors or outdoors
  • Enhances mental clarity and focus
  • Improves flexibility and balance


  • Takes time to learn and master the movements
  • Might be challenging to find qualified instructors in some areas


When starting with Tai Chi, I think you need to be patient, and going at your own pace is essential. Here are my personal notes on it after some research:

  1. Online resources: YouTube has plenty of beginner tutorials to help me get started. To try it out, I would definitely watch videos from reputable instructors to grasp the basics.
  2. Breathing plays an important role: Coordinating the breath with the movements is fundamental. Inhaling as you open and expand, and exhaling as you close and contract. Makes sense.
  3. Start with simple movements: There’s no need to learn complex forms right away, and there are basic exercises like “Parting the Wild Horse’s Mane” or “Cloud Hands”. These seem to be good starting points.
  4. Consistency: Similar to almost any other technique, I’d aim to practice Tai Chi for at least 10-20 minutes daily for an experiment.
  5. Local class or qualified instructor: While online resources are a great starting point, joining a local class or working with a qualified instructor seems to make a lot of sense for this specific technique. It can provide valuable feedback and guidance to help refine things.
  6. A dedicated space: I’d set up a quiet, comfortable area in my home or outdoors to practice Tai Chi undisturbed. Just to establish a routine (relevant to almost any new technique).