If you’ve been around meditation for a while you know that there are many ways in which to practice this life changing healing technique. From sitting on your living room floor to cultivating mindfulness in your day-to-day life, any meditation practice involves connecting within with an intention of tending to a relationship with self.
Tai Chi, also known as meditation in motion, is one such practice that helps many to center themselves and improve balance.
Judy Zavalla pens this recent Sun-Advertiser post on a group of 65+ year olds using a Tai Chi meditation practice to enhance their overall health and well being. According to Zavalla, the practice is meant to help those individuals with balance and mobility as they move into their later years.
Tai Chi represents the results from years of scientific research and community evaluations. The main purpose of Tai Chi is to prevent falls through regular practice. When practiced regularly, Tai Chi will improve one’s balance and reduce the likelihood of falling.
There are eight single forms in the program, all of which are derived from the traditional, well-known, 24-Form Yang Style Tai Chi. It is tailored to community adults who wish to improve balance and mobility, and consequently, reduce the risk of falling. All forms adhere to the fundamental principles of traditional Tai Chi that involve weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing stances, posturally correct body alignment, and coordinated movements performed in a slow, continuous, circular, and flowing manner.
Performance of the forms are closely coordinated with natural breathing. Each single movement is paired with the natural inhale and exhale breathing cycle. The eight single forms are arranged in progression and range from easy to more difficult. Each of these forms can be performed and practiced repeatedly as a single movement or in combination as part of a routine.
Read more on how meditation in motion can help improve your balance here.