What is Tai Chi?

Tai chi, also called Tai Chi Chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, Tai Chi is today practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise.

What are the health benefits of Tai Chi?

While there's scope for more rigorous studies on Tai Chi's health benefits, studies have shown that Tai Chi can help people to reduce stress, improve balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs.

Am I too old for Tai Chi

No, Tai Chi is a low-impact form of exercise, which means it won't put much pressure on your bones and joints and most people should be able to do it.

Are there different styles of Tai Chi?

Yes, such as yang, chen and wu. Some teachers often practise a combination of styles. The main differences between the different Tai Chi styles are in the speed of movement and the way the body holds the postures.

What's the basic technique?

Tai Chi is characterised by its slow, graceful, continuous movements that are gentle on the joints and muscles. Done correctly, you'll find that the Tai Chi poses flow smoothly from one into another. Many movements are completed with bent knees in a squat-like position.