T'ai Chi is a martial art from 13th century China that is more widely practiced today as a meditative exercise. The discipline involves performing a series of graceful, flowing and circular movements that are synchronized with the breath. The regular practice of T'ai Chi improves agility, balance, coordination, energy, flexibility and strength while also reducing anxiety, fatigue, stress and tension. The discipline has five major styles distinguished mainly by the speed and pace of their performance and the way the practitioner holds their body in terms of posture and intent.
White Space offers 90 minute-long T'ai Chi classes of the following styles:
- Yang-style T'ai Chi is a 90-minute class designed for practitioners looking for a relaxing T'ai Chi practice. It is characterized by large, sweeping and evenly-paced movements and mid-level stances. It is the most popular style of T'ai Chi in the world and is suitable for practitioners of all ages, physical abilities and physical conditions. No previous T'ai Chi experience or particular fitness ability is required to participate in a Yang-style T'ai Chi class.
- Chen-style T'ai Chi is a 90-minute class designed for practitioners looking for an invigorating T'ai Chi practice. It is characterized by low stances, tempo changes and fast and explosive movements. It is the oldest of the five styles of T'ai Chi and is suitable for practitioners who are fit and who may be particularly interested in the martial aspect of T'ai Chi. No previous T'ai Chi experience or particular fitness ability is required to participate in a Chen-style T'ai Chi class.
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