What is Tai Chi? And why is it good for you? 

 Tai Chi is based on Qigong and martial art techniques from thousands of years ago. It originated from the martial arts while a closely related practice, Qigong, began as a healing tool. Both are believed to improve mind-body coordination, breath, and movement control, coordination, balance, and to reduce stress. 

Many people are now very familiar with yoga and all the incredible ways in which yoga helps to heal countless conditions and stressors. Fewer people, however, are aware of Tai Chi’s very own powerful abilities. New research into this ancient practice shows that there is great healing potential of this mind-body exercise. For example, Tai Chi can help with joint health, it can be good for your heart by helping to lower blood pressure, glucose levels, and cholesterol levels, and it can help to relieve stress and anxiety. 

 Today, the practice is coming back into focus. Chances are you have seen groups or individuals in the parks or community centres who were moving slowly and gracefully practicing Tai Chi. This ancient technique, which originated in China, uses continuous, circular, slow, flowing movements in combination with one’s breath. 

 In Markham, the opportunity to participate and learn about Tai Chi continues to grow.

Tai Chi has been added to the Markham YMCA program schedule to support the growing demand. It now offers classes, Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:45 am to 12:00 pm each week. It is open access for those with memberships and provides day passes for those who are not members.

Also, the City Of Markham provides programs at various locations throughout the year at varying levels from new beginners all the way to advance programs. To learn more about the programs visit www.markham.ca

Take the opportunity to try something new (or in this case something, very old) and begin to experience that mind-body connection. 

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