Tai Chi is the perfect exercise for balancing mind, body, and spirit. You don’t have to be an expert to reap the benefits, even 5 minutes of Tai Chi for beginners can be hugely beneficial.
There are plenty of places online where you can learn about Tai Chi, Leia Cohen from Tai Flow for example, shows you everything very clearly. You also get to see the beautiful scenery of New Zealand in her videos as she teaches her sessions outside. Her videos usually consist of her talking you through the routine, followed by another one with the same movements but no talking.
Reported Benefits of Tai Chi
Clarity and focus
Releases tension in the body and the mind
Builds strength and endurance
Keeps you young
Helps to lose weight
Helps to improve back pain
Can you use Tai Chi to reduce stress?
One of our biggest challenges for improved health is to reduce stress and to be mindful of how stress affects us. Stress can show in a variety of ways like migraines, aches, pains, fatigue, digestive problems and skin conditions to name a few.
You might feel like you’re not stressed right now, and that’s great. But you may still benefit from breaking down the stress that you’ve carried around for many years. It’s often a stress that we’re not even aware of. We can be so good at fixing things and carrying other people, that we are completely unaware of the stress that goes along with that.
Tai Chi, and other practices that work to balance mind, body and spirit do reduce stress. It’s the calming and the balancing of the mind. The opportunity to go into a slightly altered state, one of peace.
In Leia Cohen’s beginner video she reassuringly tells us that even if you’re not doing the moves perfectly, it doesn’t matter, it will still have a positive effect. That’s full permission to ditch the perfectionism! Tai Chi is a practise, it’s not about needing it to be perfect.
How does Tai Chi help energy?
During the session it’s possible to actually feel the energy between your hands, it’s quite amazing. One amazing part of the routine in Leia’s module 01 for beginners is when you take the moon in your hands and you can really feel the energy in your body. It’s at that point you might reaslise how powerful you really are, and you don’t even need to fully understand why.
Tai Chi to reduce stress and increase energy
Tai Chi naturally releases stress and allows the energy to flow through us. It also gives you permission (if you need it) to announce to anyone else in the house that you need to be left alone for 5 minutes of peace.
It’s an opportunity to focus on breath and movement instead of a massive to-do list. It’s 5 minutes where we can allow ourselves to breathe in energy and light, and breathe out stress.
If you can manage it, practise this for 100 days and you’ll see the difference. You won’t even need to wait that long to see yourself becoming more grounded, centred, and able to stand back from the madness. A new and stronger you will begin to emerge as you become more balanced.
Don’t take this on as a challenge. Just ditch the perfectionism and allow yourself to be a beginner. You can stick to the beginner’s 5-minute module forever, or you can slowly build up to longer and more complicated routines.
There are no brownie points for being top of the class and doing the more complicated routines. In fact, the downside is that after the initial buzz of finding something new, you will probably find more excuses not to do it because it needs extra time and concentration. The easy 5 minutes for beginners on the other hand is a relatively simple routine and much easier to fit in.