Tai chi chuan

Known as the moving meditation, Tai Chi (Taiji), a series of slow, controlled movements, developing strength, balance, posture, and calm, well known to Westerners as the slow motion routines that groups of people practice together every morning in parks around the world, particularly in China, is often practiced for health reasons.

Although the image of tai chi chuan in western culture is typified by exceedingly slow movement; many tai chi styles have secondary forms at a faster pace. Some schools of tai chi teach partner exercises known as pushing hands, and martial applications of the form.
The training has two aspects: the first being the solo form, a slow sequence of movements which emphasize a straight spine, abdominal breathing and a natural range of motion; the second being different styles of pushing hands for training movement principles of the form in a more practical way.

Focusing the mind solely on the movements of the form purportedly helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity, general health benefits and stress management.

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