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We believe in the power and potential of life energy, or chi, within ourselves and the universe.

We believe in the power and potential of life energy, or chi, within ourselves and the universe.

Tai chi, officially tai chi chuan, which means great ultimate practice, is a slow moving internal energy practice for health strength and relaxation. Sometimes referred to as moving meditation, it is comprised of a routine of specific sequenced movements known as form.

Originally developed in China over 1,000 years ago, health experts today recognize tai chi’s ability to decrease stress; improve mood; improve aerobic capacity; increase strength and stamina; improve flexibility, balance and agility; and improve muscle strength.

Other benefits include improvements in sensitivity and awareness, coordination and reaction time, and self-confidence. The incidence of falls is lower in people who practice tai chi. Research also indicates that regular tai chi practice can positively affect cardio-respiratory and immune function, memory, hypertension, quality of sleep, bone density, cancer side effects, organ function, asthma, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, anti-aging enzymes, and sex hormone levels. We believe in the power and potential of life energy or chi within ourselves and throughout the universe.

Tai chi originated as a tool for health and longevity but was also used for self-protection.

It is practiced slowly and deliberately with root, relaxation, mental intention and focus. As a passive martial art, tai chi is firmly established in the basic values of all martial arts: respect for self, respect for others, respect for the opportunity and responsibility to learn, and respect for those who pass on the teaching. Members of Tai Chi Circle of the Desert are seen here doing form in celebration of World Tai Chi Day 2021.

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