AFP: Why should our patients consider Taichi?
Charles: I feel if you're looking for a way to reduce stress, improve your balance, ease chronic pain and overall improve your athletic ability consider taichi . Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction, improved balance, chronic pain and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.
AFP: Why are you only focusing on six (6) forms?
Haiying: The form we are teaching totally is 24 movements—24 simplified forms. But we only teach the first 6 movements (if the group is comfortable, we will teach more movements. It depends on group adaptility) in first 6 weeks. In the future we will continue to teach the rest of this whole form. We also will teach 1)some anatomy knowledge such as iliopsoas, gluteal muscles etc and how to properly use them. 2) some wonderful acupuncture points such as allergy points during allergy season. 3) defending and offending meaning in each movement.
AFP: What do you enjoy about TaiChi?
Charles: In my practice I learned that each move comes from me being in contact with the earth and the energy I derive through concentration and each form which begins from my contact with the earth traveling up through my body through my chi.
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