TPC FITNESS CHALLENGE
The Fitness Challenge is a tight race among our TPC Members! The last day to enter your hours at the Fitness Desk is this Friday, February 17th! Make sure to make every day count before Ski Week!
TAI CHI CHIGUNG PAQUA WITH JULIEN
Enjoy Tai Chi Chigung Paqua with Julien at new times –
Wednesdays at 7am and Saturdays at 11am
The Internal ‘Soft Arts’ of Taichi, Chigong and Paqua
In this class we practice Taichi, Chigong, Paqua, Taoist Alchemy and Zen Meditation. These various practices compliment each other in promoting balance and harmony between the body and mind. In promoting the cultivation of energy (“Ki”) these arts foster a feeling of centeredness and deep calm, allowing the elevation of one’s spirit.
The series of low impact exercises and movements (forms) are relatively easy to learn. Taichi and Paqua are also Martial Arts, and students will gain the added benefit of learning an effective means of self defense.
Often referred to as meditation in motion, Taichi involves a series of moves performed in a slow, focused manner accompanied by deep breathing promoting serenity through gentle, flowing movements. Chigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention to open blockages in the body (based on the same meridian system used in acupuncture).
In studies conducted by Harvard University (and other notable institutions), many health benefits have been ascribed to these arts. Benefits ascribed to Taichi, for example include:
Balance: Taichi movements are steady and slow, shifting from one side to the other with coordinating upper body movements. These movements help the core regain balance and reduces the risk of falling in elderly.
Strength and Endurance: Research shows that individuals who practiced Taichi at least 3 times a week on the regular, had higher strength and performance level.
Flexibility: In Taichi the range of movements help improve one’s flexibility as well. A Tufts Medical Center study found that adults with knee osteoarthritis saw up to three times greater improvement in both pain and joint function from biweekly Taichi sessions.
Posture: Helps one maintain a good posture from constant practice of Taichi. Certain studies have shown Taichi and Chigong to increase bone density.
Chronic Illness prevention: Helps in the treatment chronic illnesses like heart disease, blood pressure, arthritis, digestive disorders, depression and a few others. According to a new study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, adding a little Taichi to your life could help lower your risk for developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Improves coordination: Helps with hand eye coordination as well as upper and lower body coordination with the slow rhythmic movements involved.
Improved cognition, mental clarity and acuity: Researchers from the University of South Florida collaborated with Chinese researchers and found those who practiced Taichi three times a week had improvements in brain volume.
Regulates the respiratory system: Breathing is one of the three parts of Taichi. The specialized deep breathing helps treat respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.
Aerobic Capacity: Helps improve one’s aerobic capacity. Though practiced slowly and deliberately, Taichi is a surprisingly aerobic exercise.
Stress: The mellow rhythmic movements and breathing helps distract from a hectic lifestyle. The breathing coordination along with the hand eye movement is proven to promote calmness. A study from Ireland found that the combination of exercise, meditation, and breathing helped relieve anxiety and depression among study participants.
In conclusion, the essential principles of the ‘soft arts’ include the mind integrated with the body; fluidity of movement; control of breathing; and mental concentration. The central focus is to enable the Ki (or “life force”) to flow smoothly and powerfully throughout the body. Total harmony of the inner and outer self comes from the integration of mind and body, achieved through the ongoing practice of the ‘internal arts’.
We look forward to seeing you in class!
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