Tai Chi: Die Innere Kampfkunst für Harmonie und Gesundheit - Deivi

Tai Chi:The internal martial art for harmony and health

According to legend, Taoist monk Zhang Sanfeng created the martial art style Tai Chi at the Shaolin Temple in the 13th century. In Chinese philosophy, Tai Chi symbolizes the source of being from which everything arises. The name can be translated as "The highest principle, the highest peak."TAI CHI YIN YANG SYMBOL ICON

Tai Chi represents an ancient internal martial art, the mindful or conscious martial art, which focuses on gentle, slow movements to activate inner focus and free flow of energy. In contrast to external, purely physical martial arts, here the mind is used to direct concentration and movement - an internal martial art. This is similar to a movement meditation based on the principles of the Daoist philosophy of a harmonious life. The focus is on internal aspects, as not only the body but also the mind is used.

Tai Chi belongs to the Wushu/Kung Fu family. Kung Fu refers to achievements achieved through long-term hard work. In the West, Kung Fu was mistakenly adopted as a name for Chinese martial arts; the correct name is Wushu. While some practice Tai Chi to perfect their movements and improve their martial arts, most in the West practice Tai Chi for inner calm, focus, energy, balance, stress reduction and body control. The slowness of the movements requires contact with one's own body, mindfulness of one's thoughts and the connection of both into a unity. Tai Chi is physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually enriching. The principles influence all areas of life, from physical health to the way we view the world and deal with things. Benefits include balance, injury rehabilitation, mindfulness, cultural connection, stress reduction and anxiety management.

Tai Chi is also based on the Yin and Yang principle. In life there are opposites such as hot and cold, hard and soft, day and night. Tai Chi movements reflect this principle: forward and backward, strained and relaxed, high and low, extended and retracted. Tai Chi movements are slow, soft, flowing and uninterrupted. The slowness allows conscious practice, the softness symbolizes "effortless effort" and the flowing movements ensure an undisturbed flow of energy.

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