Thai Chi and Me

I want to thank everyone who shouted out and celebrated the Golden Leaf Award with me. I'm still stunned and thrilled even if I'm no longer floating on air. Returning home to day job and writing deadlines (Read: Reality) grounded me to be sure. This week in particular is intense so posting will be sparse.

Given my crammed schedule, the last thing I wanted to do last night was break away from the computer for my second Thai Chi class. However I knew deep down it was exactly what I needed to do. I'm new to Thai Chi. I joined because all of my co-workers at the library did. We made it a group thing, thought we'd motivate each other, which we do. I knew I needed to do something exercise-wise for my health and body but what really interested me was that Thai Chi is supposed to relieve stress. Let me tell you, it absolutely helps!

I've only had two classes. It's intense physically, but I am loving it. Especially the inner focus. Curious. Anyone else out there ever taken Thai Chi? Did you love it? Hate it? Do share!

Comments

Mary Stella said…
Beth, I studied/practiced Tai Chi for several years and am aggravated with myself that I fell out of practice and can't remember the form. (I studied Wu style long form which has 108 moves). I love Tai Chi and want to study it again. It is excellent for stress release, breathing, flexibility, balance, stretching etc. Stick with it and practice every day!

What style form are you learning?
Bob said…
I'll raise my hand to join. Not because it's usually populated by limber women (did I say that?) but because of the exercise value. I did karate with my 5-yr-old last year, and it was fun, but I'm not into the combat part of it. But at least I tried it. There was a Tai Chi class they offered, too, but it was not at a good time for me. I figure if it's good enough for Worf to do it on Star Trek, it's good enough for me. I don't think I can get the boy to slow down enough to benefit from it, though. Nor would I really want to.
Barb said…
I've never heard of it. I'll have to see what it's all about.

I missed your last post. I am so proud of you! Nice job big little sis!
Beth Ciotta said…
Mary, I'm super impressed with your Thai Chi accomplishments. 108 moves? I barely know three. Although it was only my second class. I am studing the Yang style. You're right. Excellent for breathing, flexibility and balance. It's amazing. You barely move and yet it's so intense! My thighs were really feeling it this morning. Maybe you can find a new clas down by you??
Beth Ciotta said…
Bob, I bet you would love Thai Chi. Although, you're right, it would proabably bore the wee guy to tears. If you can any way squeeze it into your schedule though... I can't say enough about it!
Beth Ciotta said…
Barb, according to wikipedia...
Thai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art often practiced with the aim of promoting health and longevity. Tai chi chuan's training forms are well known as the slow motion routines that groups of people practice together every morning in parks around the world, particularly in China. Some medical studies support its effectiveness as an alternative exercise and a form of martial arts therapy. Tai chi chuan is considered a soft style martial art — an art applied with internal power.

Google it. It's fascinating. :)

Oh! And thanks for the congrats!
charleneteglia said…
I used to do a lunchtime class. Loved it.
flchen1 said…
My college roomie practiced Tai Chi and taught me a little--it is excellent for all the reasons Mary Stella mentioned! My parents follow a couple of DVDs using some slightly modified moves, and they love it. Glad you're enjoying it, too!
Regina Avalos said…
I know I'm a bit late, but I've not been blogging again much, and I'm revisiting old favorites. Congrats on the win!
Bernard said…
Hi Beth,
Came across your site by accident while searching for a list of the 108 movements of Taoist Tai Chi. If there's a Taoist Tai Chi club in your area I would highly recommend checking it out (www.taoist.org). All the instructors are volunteers. Once you get familiar with the set you can do it anytime and just about anywhere. I particularly enjoy doing a set on mountain tops or by lakes when hiking in the wilderness. I do Tai Chi for the health benefits, mostly to keep myself limber (my cat is my role model:) but it definitely helps calm the mind (they say "tames the heart"). Good luck to you.
Beth Ciotta said…
Hi Bernard,

Thank you so much for leaving a note and thank you for the information. I visited the website you mentioned. Unfortunately, there is only one location in NJ and it's too far for me to travel what with my schedule. I have two more classes left in the community course I signed up for. When that is over, I hope to find another local place in which to study. These classes have only been once a week and I find it hard to retain. Currently I'm looking for a dvd to help me out!

I love that you practice the form on mountain tops and lakes. How beautiful and serene! Oh, and I hear you on th limber cat. Have one of those myself. Such a show off!
brandyeli said…
Beth, I know this is a really old blog but I am excited about Tai Chi! A health magazine recently steered me to Scott Cole who has a few DVD's. I bought "Tai Chi Training." It has a fast sections, very different from the slower paced Tai Chi I took in college, but an awesome work out.