The stiff and unbending is the disciple of death.  The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.  An army without flexibility never wins a battle.  A tree that is unbending is easily broken.  The hard and strong will fall.  The soft an weak will overcome.

- Lao Tsu (Tao Te Ching)

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Five Principles of Practice of T'ai Chi Ch'uan
  • Centering/Grounding
  • Balance
  • Mindfulness/Focus
  • Flow
  • Playfulness
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Tai Chi at The Loft

T'ai Chi Ch'uan (T'ai Chi) is a form of Chinese martial arts, graceful, mindful, and fluid in movement, and slow in tempo.  T'ai Chi Ch'uan is the internal martial art conditioning mind and body, utilizing the principles of the Dao or the Way.  T'ai Chi emphasizes balance, posture, breathing technique, the flow of energy(Chi), concentration, and complete relaxation.  T'a Chi has been variously described as a sytem of health, medicine, physical co-ordination, relaxation, self defense and consciousness-raising, as well as a means of exercise and personal development.  It is indeed all of these things!

T'ai means grand or ultimate.  Chi (Ji, Qi, Ki) means energy, air, potential power, motion, and life force.  T'ai Chi or T'ai Ji translates to Grand/Ultimate Life Force.  the nature of this life force, or T'ai Chi, is to move to the nearest position of balance and harmony. 

Understanding the theory of yin/yang (the opposites) is fundamental to understanding T'ai Chi or T'ai Ji.  "Yin Yang He T'ai Ji" translates loosely into Yin Yang inspired T'ai Ji. When T'ai Chi moves, the yin and yang separate.  When T'ai Chi is still, the yin and yang integrate.

Yielding means not resisting, yet not succumbing.  The practice of T'ai Chi confers strength and flexibility. 

In short, soft overcomes hard.  There is no need to fight.

There are 5 main styles of T'ai Chi developed some 300 years ago:  Chen, Yang, Wu, Hao, and Sun.  Specific movements from one style can be identified in each of the other styles, but are performed with different emphasis, making them difficult to distinguish.  There are also a number of subdivisions of each of the 5 major styles of T'ai Chi, reflecting the fact that methods and teachings differ from one school to another.  The practice of any one of the 5 styles takes years of dedicated study.  It has been said that a lifetime's experience can rarely give complete mastery of the art, although years of practice certainly provide a great sense of accomplishment.

Classes at the Center for Meditative and Healing Arts are based on the Yang style, long form, of T'ai Chi Ch'uan.
Benefits of T'ai Chi Ch'uan
  • Improves physical, mental, and emotional health
  • Heightens awareness, concentration, and focus
  • Improves metabolism, circulation, digestion, etc.
  • Maintains proper body weight
  • Strengthens joints
  • Builds Flexibility
  • Increases immune function and prevents illness
  • Slows the aging process and prolongs life
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The Meditative and Healing Arts Center is located in northern California at
The Bohemian Art Loft
3304B Bechelli Lane
Redding, CA 96002
Copyright 2011 Nadia Hava-Robbins, MA