Our Health Benefits

Do you need to sit still to be mindful?

"Do you need to sit still to be mindful?" The Age had an interesting discussion on what activities are good for meditation. It's been suggested that it is not necessary to sit for long hours cross legged, but a moving meditation like Tai Chi and Qigong can be just as good. The Age: Do you…
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Why do Tai Chi?

Why do Tai Chi? Maybe you've thought of this question or possibly someone has asked you why bother doing Tai Chi if it doesn't look like it does anything. But, it is deceptively so! Tai Chi can help improve your health and wellbeing. It won't cure you of serious ailments, but it may help you…
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Can Tai Chi stop frailty?

We consider it acceptable becoming frail as we get older. Frailty is associated with a lower quality of life and a higher risk of falls leading to hospitalisation and institutionalisation. But is this preventable or even reversible? Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, has recently published the results of their research on frailty in populations across…
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What I have learnt on my Tai Chi journey

How time flies. It has been nearly 9 years since I started my Tai Chi. I have enjoyed it and benefited from it. It has been a slow learning curve but the journey continues. Starting initially as a novice, there is always the temptation to want to learn more and more. There are different School…
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Tai Chi could cut risk of falls by a fifth

Oxford University in the UK and University of Sydney have completed an interesting study that demonstrates how Tai Chi can reduce the rate of falls by 19 per cent in the elderly population compared to those who do no exercise. The key element is that Tai Chi focuses on improving balance to enhance the quality…
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“Live Long, Live Well” -Teachings

Live Long, Live Well: Teachings from the Chinese Nourishment of Life Tradition  – by Peter Deadman. If someone ever asks you what are the proven benefits of regular Tai Chi Chuan or Qigong practice maybe you could try the following sentence ... “Either Tai Chi or Qigong have been shown to improve renal and cardiac…
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Benefits of Qigong

A ‘Little Bit of Science’ Behind the Benefits of Qigong Telomeres protect the end of everyone’s chromosomes; they are important in protecting your DNA. The length of your telomeres is an important indicator of health, the longer they are the healthier your cells and tissues, therefore you! One’s genes do affect your telomeres. Telomeres naturally…
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‘SUBSTANCE’ in Yang-Style Tai Chi

Introduction Yang-style Tai Chi had its roots in the successful martial art routine developed by Yang for training competitors in hand-to-hand fighting. The routine is performed as a gentle, slow and graceful routine, found to be excellent exercise because it uses every joint and muscle in the body together with providing excellent exercise for the…
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