World Tai Chi Day 2012

This year’s World Tai Chi Day was celebrated on April 28 in Bulwagang Tandang Sora, UP Diliman College of Social Work and Community Development. My mom’s been active with Tai Chi for two years now, ever faithful in attending the Peace Blossoms Internal Arts Society meets in UP Diliman every Sunday morning. Tai Chi’s commonly known to have slow movements and as the best exercise for elders. However, there are different approaches (paces, styles) of Tai Chi, and throughout the Philippines are schools specializing in them.  There are no restrictions to age for Tai Chi; it’s a form of meditation highly recommended for anyone.

Here’s one of my favorite performances:

The highlight of course, was the huge pizza that we feasted on after the program! (That is not a mattress, FYI.)

But seriously, Tai Chi has a lot of benefits if you keep practicing. The Mayo Clinic cites Tai Chi for these health effects:

  • Reducing anxiety and depression
  • Improving balance, flexibility and muscle strength
  • Reducing falls in older adults
  • Improving sleep quality
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Improving cardiovascular fitness in older adult
  • Relieving chronic pain
  • Increasing energy, endurance and agility
  • Improving overall feelings of well-being

Learn Tai Chi! Find the Peace Blossoms Internal Arts Society in Facebook, and I’ll see you for next year’s World Tai Chi day!

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