We’re asked several basic questions about our Tai Chi courses and related programs at Just Breathe Tai Chi. One of the most common is “Are these classes for anyone”? Some worry that they don’t “qualify” for Tai Chi or Qigong courses, or that some kind of limitation or medical condition they have may prevent them from participating. Simply put, this is seldom the case.
Tai Chi is a practice that virtually anyone can participate in—and we strive to drive that message home to our students, be it our live online weekly classes, our on-demand Tai Chi classes, or any of our other programs. Here’s a primer on why Tai Chi is for everyone, and why you shouldn’t be worried about physical or other limitations while pursuing participation in it.
Safe and Productive for Virtually Anyone
As long as you can stand and walk without pain, you can practice Tai Chi. It is even possible to participate in a Tai Chi class seated. Just let your instructor know about your limitations and accommodations can be suggested.
In our classes, we take particular care to ensure that each of our students is in a safe and comfortable position while they’re practicing—making sure they are not putting too much pressure against any joints that may be putting them at risk.
Health Problems or Disabilities
Those with various health problems or disabilities can often find Tai Chi to be an excellent form of exercise and stress relief, as well. Make sure you pay attention to what your body is telling you and be mindful to make adjustments as needed.
We have been told by our students that Tai Chi is often a great complement to physical therapy or other forms of traditional medicine. If you have any questions about whether our classes may be right for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We also encourage you to check with your health advisor if you have specific concerns and are under medical treatment.
Age is Just a Number
Tai Chi is great for people of all ages—we’ve had students in their teens and early twenties, all the way up to seniors in their nineties and beyond. No matter your age, you can find benefits in Tai Chi classes.
Health Benefits of Tai Chi
Tai Chi is often considered a great resource for those with certain physical conditions or other limitations, as it’s a form of low-impact exercise that can help to improve balance, flexibility, and coordination while also providing stress relief. It’s also been shown to reduce blood pressure, improve heart health, and more.
So, if you’re looking for Tai Chi classes—whether live online or on-demand—know that anyone and everyone can participate. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about Tai Chi classes, or if you’re ready to get started!
Just Breathe Tai Chi, offering online products and services as well as live in-person classes, is dedicated to helping people of all ages and abilities benefit from the practice of Tai Chi. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about any of our Tai Chi classes or other programs.