Gentle Movement: Tai Chi Exercises for Beginners

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We could all use a little more relaxation in our daily lives — and many of us want to add more movement, too. One easy and enjoyable way to do both is to begin practicing tai chi, a graceful martial arts technique that focuses on deep breathing and slow movements.

Tai chi originated in China several hundred years ago. While it was originally taught as a self-defense technique, it gradually evolved to a slower-paced, gentle exercise that some people refer to as “meditation in motion.” If you’re looking for a low-impact form of exercise that can benefit both your mind and your body — and one that’s great for many different skill and coordination levels — consider trying tai chi. We’ll help you get started with the basics.