Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tai Chi classes begin at Jungle.

 Jungle wants to share some great news. We are introducing a new class to  our roster, T'ai Chi Ch'uan, which means Supreme Ultimate Fist or Boundless Fist. In China, Tai Chi is categorized under the Wu dang grouping of Martial Arts, the arts applied with internal power. The term is used to separate it from the
Shoaling grouping of Martial Arts, the "hard" or "external" martial arts styles. Tai Chi's origins have been traced back to the 12th Century to a Chinese monk named Chang Sang Fen who reportedly lived for 200 years. His longevity was attributed  to his philosophy for living, integrating a healthy body and mind. Originally developed in ancient China as a self defense Martial Art, Tai Chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that is now used for stress reduction and for healing a variety of health conditions. There are various forms of Tai Chi and there are more than 100 possible movements and positions. According to the prestigious Mayo Clinic, Tai Chi's uses of flowing movements reduces the stress of today's busy lifestyles, improving overall health and well-being. Often described as "meditation in motion" Tai Chi promotes serenity through its gentle movements. Although more research is needed, preliminary studies conducted by the Mayo Clinic suggest that Tai Chi offers numerous benefits beyond stress relief, such as:

-Reducing anxiety and depression
-Improving balance, flexibility and muscle strength
-Reducing falls in older adults
-Improving sleep quality
-Lowering blood pressure
-Improving cardiovascular fitness in older adults.
-Relieving chronic pain.
-Increasing energy, endurance and agility
-Improving overall feelings of well-being.

Teaching T'ai Chi Ch'uan at Jungle is going to be the task of Sifu Elijah Wiener. Sifu Elijah started training in the Tai Chi Martial Arts under the guidance of Dr.Richard  Browne at the
Acupuncture Massage Community College (Florida) and under GrandmasterGeorge Xu, a Tai Chi Chen style specialist. Sifu Elijah went on to China to study and learn in Shanghai. He later became certified to teach the Martial Arts of Tai Chi, Chi-Kong and Kong Fu by the prestigious World Wide Association of Chinese Internal Martial Arts.

Tai Chi is considered to be a low to moderate aerobic exercise. Studies have shown Tai Chi lowers blood pressure nearly as much as aerobic exercises as we know them. The difference is that while aerobic exercises are usually high impact and could have negative implications for persons with joint and bone issues, Tai Chi's gentle movements present the opposite. 

To start learning Tai Chi, one does not have to be in great shape. You learn by doing. What's left for you to do?  Pay us a visit, get your days going by doing Tai Chi. You will love the difference it will make in your life.

Study finds joint health benefits from Tai Chi

It is often Iidifficult for older individuals with joint health problems to improve their condition. Regular exercise is one way to reduce the pain associated with age-related conditions. However, seniors are often unable to participate in vigorous physical activity.
One way for elderly individuals to solve this problem is by participating in Tai Chi. This low-impact form of exercise has been shown to improve a range of conditions, including joint health, without placing strain on the body.
In fact, a recent study of 354 seniors conducted by the Arthritis Foundation found that older individuals with joint health problems were able to improve symptoms of pain, fatigue, stiffness and overall sense of wellbeing by practicing Tai Chi. Researchers said that it may be a simple way for people to lessen the impact of a range of conditions.
"Our study shows that there are significant benefits of the Tai Chi course for individuals with all types of arthritis, including fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis," said Leigh Callahan, who led the study. "We found this in both rural and urban settings across a southeastern state and a northeastern state."

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