For health benefits, try Tai Chi

November 29, 2010

The gentle, 2,000-year-old Chinese practice of tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion.” But the Harvard Women’s Health Watch newsletter suggests a more apt description is “medication in motion.”

Tai chi, the most famous branch of Qigong, or exercises that harness the qi (life energy, pronounced “chee”), has been linked to health benefits for virtually everyone from children to seniors. Researchers aren’t sure exactly how, but studies show that tai chi improves the quality of life for breast cancer patients and Parkinson’s sufferers. Its combination of martial arts movements and deep breathing can be adapted even for people in wheelchairs. And it has shown promise in treating sleep problems and high blood pressure.… Read more »

The benefits of meditation: Relaxation technique is good for body, mind and soul

Eating right and exercising are good for one’s overall physical health, and physicians often prescribe drugs to treat various ailments. But one of the best ways to care for your body as well as your mind doesn’t come from a store or an orange bottle.

Meditation has long been used as a method to calm and relax the body and soul, takes very little time and costs virtually nothing.

Marietta resident Catherine Bigley, a mom of five, finds herself meditating at various times throughout the day.

“It’s usually in a moment when I know something is coming at me,” she said. “I use it at stop lights when I know I have at least anywhere … Read more »

Meditation in motion

September 4, 2009

The Jakarta Post: Say hello to feeling calm, refreshed and energized. With tai chi, there’s no sweating or panting, but you’ll achieve vibrant health anyway.

The term “tai chi” probably evokes an image of a group of senior citizens practicing slow motion exercises in a park in the morning. Although there’s nothing wrong with that impression, there is actually plenty more about tai chi that might mean you find it is right for you.

So, what’s really interesting about tai chi, which offers benefits for people of all ages?

Described as meditation in motion, this ancient Chinese martial art is believed to be able to connect the mind and body. By promoting serenity through … Read more »