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Learning Tai Chi

Updated: Feb 2, 2023

When starting to learn Tai Chi, many beginners get preoccupied with learning every move or posture 100% correctly. Tai Chi is a study of a life time and the progress is slow. The more you practice the better you get. I like to compare the progress to the thickness of a sheet of paper. Every practice results in one more sheet added to your progress pile. At the beginning, it is hard to tell the difference between a few sheets of paper. The pile looks small and insignificant. But once you get into the hundreds, the pile starts to become very noticeable. So will your practice. The more time in, the greater your Tai Chi will become.

Do not get caught up with the technicalities of every posture but allow your body time to get used to the postures and begin to remember the sequences allowing any anxiety to subside. Your first goal in Tai Chi is to learn to relax and let go. Let go of your ideas of strength, let go your expectations of progress, and let go of any daily tensions. Give into the process and allow yourself time to progress through the practice. You will be surprised how it all starts to come together with every class you attend. You will start to feel more comfortable with the exercises and postures and, as a result, you will start relieving stress and anxiety as you start to enjoy the practice even more.

Tai Chi has a very long history known to help cultivate health while developing strength and balance. To study Tai Chi, you must allow the practice to shape the development of your person: your knowledge, understanding, character, and personality. As a result, you are able to improve your health and add more enjoyment to your life.

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