Tai Chi and Children with Learning Disabilities
What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi Ch’uan is an ancient Chinese martial art based on the movement of Qi (Internal Energy) and the principle of Yin Yang, the philosophy of opposing, yet interconnected and complementary forces that interact together. Tai Chi is mainly practiced today because of its health benefits. There are a variety of styles that are practiced by millions of people around the world.
Tai Chi is a form of moving meditation that involves a set of postures that are interconnected by specific transitions in a smooth and flowing manner. The regular practice of Tai Chi has been used to achieve a mental, physical, and emotional balance. Tai Chi is associated with a reduction in blood pressure, anxiety, mood swings, and depression. Tai Chi opens up the flow of energy to all parts of the body and is associated with a slowing down of heart rate, decrease in frequency of respiration, and marked reduction of oxygen consumption. Through proper breathing techniques, Tai Chi helps to deliver a greater amount of oxygen to the brain and improve concentration, alertness, and energy levels.