Tai Chi Classes in Portland To Restore Health, Relieve Stress and Develop Mindfulness.
Tai Chi is a practice that can benefit you in so many ways…
Physically the training cultivates a supple strength and flexibility. You develop grace and balance as the postures strengthen your core support muscles. Weight bearing exercises like tai chi gradually increase bone density. The stretching movements make your body supple. The breath work releases stress. This improves blood pressure and heart rate by calming the sympathetic nervous system.
The Tai Chi principles of redirecting force prove invaluable in everyday life. With practice one develops the ability to maintain a calm center at all times.
Tai Chi practice brings up your energy level. The mindfulness practice clears your mind. With a clear mind you learn to put your full intent into your actions. Energy follows this intent. This is how Tai Chi helps you reach your full potential.
An adept practitioner can handle an opponent of greater size and speed. It is the combination of a responsive, healthy body, the clear mind, the heightened energy and awareness of the spirit that make Tai Chi training effective.
With the right timing, you don’t need to be the fastest. With high levels of awareness your see all the opportunities in front of you. When you see the opportunities around you there is no need to force things.
Though originally practiced as a martial art, Tai Chi can be considered a “lifestyle enhancing practice.” Your practice will be on a spectrum ranging from medical/therapeutic, martial and philosophical, to spiritual. While any practice will contain pieces of each, your chosen focus will determine the shape of your training.
Your Portland Tai Chi and Qigong training will develop robust health, and smooth, efficient movement. We develop a clear headed & mindful state. This lays the groundwork for living at your full potential.
Breaking down Tai Chi training:
The slow, weight-bearing movements of the Tai Chi forms build ligament strength, bone density and promote a healthy free range of motion in every joint of the body. Practicing Qigong involves mindfulness meditation. This means training our minds to stay present and fully focused on our actions and environment. Simply put, when the mind wanders, you bring it back to what you are doing. This improves our ability to focus and center ourselves while reducing stress.
Our training involves deep breath work that can help improve your energy levels, as well provide health benefits. Stances and forms may be modified to accommodate previous injury and can actually help rebuild structural strength and quality of movement. We will also help relieve stress and enhance your immune system with through mindfulness training. We can tailor your practice to support external treatments such as acupressure or acupuncture and address specific issues. The goal of the training is to promote a vital and healthy life.
The martial art side of Tai Chi is a subtle, yet effective approach to self-defense. It is a close fighting style that utilizes softness and following movements to lock and disrupt an opponent. One of the key principles of martial tai chi is yielding to an opponent’s force and redirecting it to a disadvantageous position. This technique is combined with Fa Jing (the explosive release of force with the whole body) to take advantage of the opponent’s inferior position and structure. Martial training involves intense posture training to develop strength and endurance. Qigong builds a high level of clarity and energy while conditioning the muscles and tendons.
The spiritual approach to these arts means constantly striving towards enlightenment. Buddhist and Taoist monks use Qigong as a vehicle to find and maintain peace of mind. The goal of this kind of training is to live in perfect harmony with the world. For most of us, this approach to training is simply about being more at peace with ourselves and learning to quiet the mind.
The philosophical side of the training shares some similarities with the spiritual approach. This training focuses on reaching high levels of clarity and focus.. We develop the ability to work free from distraction, our thoughts coming from an unfiltered source without being diminished by negative mental habits.
If you’re interested in signing up or learning more about our Portland Tai Chi classes, then please call us today at 503-235-3435.