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How to Reduce Stress with Tai Chi

Reduce stress and find serenity through the gentle practice of tai chi, an ancient system of movement balancing mind and body.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Put aside distractions during sessions to focus on the effects of tai chi's deep breathing techniques and graceful, relaxed movements to best reduce stress.
  • TIP: Commit to 12 weeks of practice to learn how tai chi may benefit you.
  • Step 2: Practice tai chi concepts in stressful daily life situations like traffic jams or high-intensity work meetings to diminish tension and restore inner balance.
  • Step 3: Develop the tai chi mental discipline to live in the moment, rather than focusing on anxieties. Now enjoy your new perspectives, the enhanced ability to calm your inner spirit, and your skills to reduce stress.
  • FACT: The Chinese monk Chang San-feng created tai chi in the 1200s.
  • Step 4: Practice the mind-body exercise routines regularly to reap the greatest stress-relief benefits.
  • TIP: Practice tai chi indoors or outdoors.
  • Step 5: Choose a tai chi learning method from among teaching books, videos, or preferably a trained tai chi instructor.
  • TIP: Rely on an instructor to help you perfect movements.
  • Step 6: Consider joining a tai chi class at your local health club, community center, wellness facility, martial arts studio, YMCA, or YWCA to benefit from social support.
  • Step 7: Create a tai chi exercise routine that fits into your schedule, allowing you to integrate practice into daily life.
  • : Consult a physician before beginning a new exercise regime.

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