The ancient Taoists firmly believed that any change in the physical body produces a similar change in the mind and emotions. Conversely, changes in the mental and spiritual being manifest through the physical body. The integration of the structure achieved through Tai Chi is eventually reflected in a more balanced energy level, better health and greater emotional and physical stability.
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One of the most important benefits of Tai Chi practice is improved posture, as Tai Chi generates a state of self awareness of the energy moving within the meridians, and the internal structure that the energy is moving. Structural alignment is a natural function of the human body, but we tend to lose it after childhood.
The improved energy circulation experienced through meditation and Tai Chi has a regenerating affect on the nervous system.
The improvement in energy circulation and the transformation of negative emotional and mental states are significant factors in the elimination of chronic illnesses.
Being able to move freely, calmly and effortlessly is one of the natural traits of the healthy body. However holding on to emotions and not releasing them fully is one of the main causes of tension and stress, creating blockages of energy flow and eventually leading to illness.
Little by little one is able to notice in one's movement the subtle areas of tension and holding. Discovering this one can become aware of the emotional pattern behind the 'body armoring' that is causing the tension, and release negative emotion through the meditative Tai Chi movements.
Recent studies have focused on the role of connective tissue in energy transmission. The connective tissue network has bio electrical and biochemical properties that form an electrical communication system linking and integrating every cell in the body.
Tai Chi benefits the connective tissues; through simple movements the lattice like structure compresses generating bio electrical signals along the meridians or energy channels.
Tendons and ligaments unlike muscles are not
necessarily affected by age and are easy to maintain to a ripe old age through
With strong tendons and relaxed muscles the connective tissues circulate life force or Chi much more efficiently providing an"inner" or intrinsic strength.
If our energy supply is low due to illness or excessive emotion, we experience low vitality and lack of drive. Tai Chi practice therefore places extreme importance on cultivating and maintaining energy to strengthen ones connection with the life giving universe and oneself.
The precise Tai Chi postures open and undo energetic blockages
in energy channels; the slow and gentle movements stretch these meridians and
keep them strong and supple. The rhythmic movements of the muscles, spine and
joints pump energy through the whole body. Thus Tai Chi is an exercise that
gives one more energy than it uses up, so after a round of Tai Chi one feels
relaxed and invigorated.
Tai Chi classes for children, teens and adults with special needs such as autism, ADD, ASD and other cognitive/developmental challenges.
Hello, my name is Ted Constant and I have been teaching Tai Chi for over 20 years.
I have developed and taught creative therapy programs (Chi Kung) to special needs children at the Montreal Association for the Blind and Layton Hall for over 11 years,
as well as to teenagers in one to one private classes.
My special needs students have experienced great success through my classes and this ultimately has had many positive effects on all members of their families.
My teaching goals are to enable students to become more aware of themselves and their environment through a series of breathing, relaxation, balance and coordination exercises, all which help students develop a stronger focus of sensitivity and awareness, something they have never truly felt before.