December 2002, Volume 32 Number 12 , p 86 - 86
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Feeling stressed? Give this quiet exercise a try.
A FORM OF EXERCISE built upon the mind-body connection, tai chi chuan (or tai chi) combines physical movement, meditation, and breathing to induce relaxation and tranquility of mind and to improve balance, posture, coordination, endurance, strength, and flexibility. It can be practiced by people of all ages, sizes, and physical abilities because it relies more on technique than strength.
Numerous forms of tai chi involve up to 108 different postures and controlled movements. Most of the forms have been passed down from generation to generation and have assumed the name of a particular family, such as the Wu or Yang style. Although each style is distinctive, they all follow the same basic principles. ...