It is the passing down and sharing of what works that unites and protects and heals, and becomes a family’s virtuous circle of life’s well being. It’s a powerful thing.
Chen tai chi reminds me of that.
Tai Chi, as it is practiced in the west today, can perhaps best be thought of as a moving form of yoga and meditation combined. There are a number of forms which consist of a sequence of movements. Many of these movements are originally derived from the martial arts, although the way they are performed in Tai Chi is usually slowly, softly and gracefully with smooth and even transitions between them. (http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/Philosophy/Taichi/what.html)
Tai Chi has become one of the best known forms of exercise or practice for refining Qi and is purported to enhance physiological and psychological function.
There are five main styles of Tai Chi: Chen, Yang, Sun and the two Wu styles. Chen style is the original parent, martial art form of Tai Chi. It is not slow and boring and is explicitly energetic.
Tai Chi Chuan was created by the Chen family of the Honan province and has been passed down from generation to generation for over 600 years. The foundation of Chen Tai Chi Chuan theory on tai chi yin and yang principle means it can be active or passive solid or void. The chen sa chin (silk-cocoon energy) of Chen tai chi circles around the body’s meridian like latitudes around the globe. ( http://littlenineheaven.com/content/tai-chi )
Chen Style Tai Chi is the origin of modern Tai Chi. It contains more martial art features in its forms than other Tai Chi Styles. Unlike most other Tai Chi styles, Chen is not evenly paced in slow motions. It mixes fast movements with slow ones.
Tai Chi’s “exercise philosophy” is also very different from the usual Western idea of pumping up the heart-rate and rapid movement of the muscles of your arms and legs. The goal of Chen Tai Chi is to be able to practice as vigorously as you desire without becoming out of breath because its goal is for stamina, flexibility and efficient muscles (rather than big muscles).
Chen style, because of its more energetic nature, is especially suitable for young adults. But there are also classes and routines very suitable for older people too. Tai Chi “exercises” are low impact.
The goal of Chen tai chi is the development of one’s internal strength. “Internal” refers to the particular way in which physical force is generated. This force is produced by skillful use of the whole body in harmony.
In Chen style this force is not only generated from the outer muscles but also from deeper muscle tissue (especially the muscles around the spine, hips and diaphragm), whole body movement and the energy that can be stored in the rubber-like elasticity of joint tendons/sinews. With correct alignment and movement this force can be built up in muscle/joint groups and transferred cumulatively around the body. It can be released in powerful or even explosive-like movements of considerable, focused force.
The routines of Chen tai chi enable you to acquire the mechanical basics, training your mind to move your body in a certain way. Practicing also develops discipline and internal strength.
There have been several studies on the health benefits associated with the practice of tai chi chaun, and it has been found to:
- Reduce blood pressure and cholesterol
- Improve balance and reduces falls
- Improve symptoms of arthritis
- Slow the rate of osteoporosis
- Balance mood
- Reduce anxiety and stress
- Boost the immune system
Frozen pineapple, cherries, blueberries & raspberries
1 – 2 cups of OJ
A few spoonfuls of flax seed
Blend and Enjoy!