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beginner T'ai Chi classes
Squirrel Hill / Church of The Redeemer
> 5700 Forbes Ave., PGH 15217
Regent Square / Wilkins School Community Center
> 7604 Charleston Ave @ S.Braddock Ave, PGH 15218
Mt. Washington / Chatham Village
> 655 Pennridge Rd., PGH 15211
Carnegie / Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall
> 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie 15106
South Hills / Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
> 1700 Bower Hill Rd., PGH 15243
T’ai Chi Ch’uan is a gentle exercise that is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Derived from the martial arts, T’ai Chi is composed of slow, deliberate movements, meditation, and deep breathing, which enhance physical health and emotional well-being.
T’ai Chi is based on spiritual and philosophical ideas that advocate a need for balance in the body, mind and spirit.
How does T’ai Chi work?
Eastern philosophy holds that T’ai Chi unblocks the flow of c’hi (breath/energy). When c’hi flows properly, the body, mind and spirit are in balance and health is maintained. Paying attention to the connection between mind and body can relieve stress, combat disease and enhance physical well-being.
T’ai Chi has three major components: movement, meditation and deep breathing.
Movement. All of the major muscle groups and joints are needed for the slow, gentle movements in T’ai Chi. T’ai Chi improves balance, agility, strength, flexibility, stamina, muscle tone and coordination. This low-impact, weight-bearing exercise strengthens bones and can slow bone loss, thus preventing the development of osteoporosis.
Meditation. Research shows that meditation soothes the mind, enhances concentration, reduces anxiety and lowers blood pressure and heart rate.
Deep breathing. Exhaling stale air and toxins from the lungs while inhaling a plentitude of fresh air increases lung capacity, stretches the muscles involved in breathing and releases tension. It also enhances blood circulation to the brain, which boosts mental alertness. At the same time the practice supplies the entire body with fresh oxygen and nutrients.
TAI CHI for Health & Relaxation