David Vanadia

Mind & Body

Frequently Asked Tai Chi Questions

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Below are some of the questions people ask when they are considering or have just begun a Tai Chi practice.

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient Chinese Martial Art which features slow-motion, flowing postures. Practicing Tai Chi can be described as developing one’s ability to respond to opposing forces.

What is Qigong?

Qigong is a breath-work practice involving movement designed to energize and balance the body.

What’s the difference between Tai Chi and Qigong?

Simply put, Qigong is a health and longevity practice and Tai Chi Chuan is a martial art.

Do I need to practice with a group?

Practiced daily all over the world by everyday people, Tai Chi is both a solitary and community activity. Think of it like playing music—you can play alone or with others but playing with others can greatly improve your skill.

Can I join at any time?

In my classes, yes. Expect to be a little overwhelmed at first in any Tai Chi class while you learn the basic fundamentals.

What should I wear to class?

Comfortable clothes. Layers. Loose fitting or stretchy pants. Comfortable shoes.

Can I go barefoot?

If you want. Most folks do Tai Chi in street shoes or whatever type of shoes work for them—comfortable sneakers, soft soled shoes, kung fu slippers, or sandals.

How do I choose a teacher or school?

Read How to Choose a Teacher.

Are there any good books or videos?

Yes, there are many! I always recommend that you simply go to the library and choose any book or DVD that stands out to you. They often say the same things in different ways.

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