Today’s article is written by dkM’s very own Tai Chi enthusiast and instructor, Sorin. To read more of his reviews and to keep up on future articles, check in on our Tai Chi Category in the right-hand column.
Recently, the commission of writing on Tai Chi and busy moms has been entrusted to me by the very busy mom that Diane Kidman is. I found it challenging so I accepted it. I say challenging because I’m not a mom, I’m a father; and then for me, Tai Chi was a definite attraction from the beginning, later becoming a continuous adventure in self discovery. What could that have to do with a busy mom?
Maybe you’ve heard Tai Chi is good for stress. Among other very important benefits, it can really help you deal with a variety of stresses caused by the job, raising children, daily chores, life in general. It depends on you, however, to make it work. The more you invest in it, time and exercise, the more you get out of it. Time you say? Yes I’m afraid so. Just like any other good thing out there, it’s definitely not a quick fix. I’m saying this because I don’t want you to just jump into it hoping that in a month you’ll get it done. This is a commitment. So, if you give it regular practice, the results will be astonishing, and I can see you giving yourself an imaginary pat on the back.
Now, what exactly is Tai Chi? T’ai Chi (Ch’uan) means The Grand Ultimate (Fist). It is a martial art and then a healing and longevity art. Or vice versa, depending on which you prefer. Several styles are practiced: Yang, Chen, Wu, Sun. The Yang style seems to be the most wide spread in America at this time. Now, there are a lot of materials in various media formats to help you in practicing Tai Chi, but don’t assume you can learn it from those materials alone. You should start by finding a reputable school or a teacher with some practice history, and ask to observe a session or two before deciding if this is for you. Then you can buy related materials to help you with your practice. From there on the road is yours to take. The 1000 mile journey begins with the first step.