Tai Chi has been practiced for thousands of years due to having many benefits. Often called meditation in motion due to the nature of calmness when practicing the poses, Tai Chi has been shown to help improve strength, flexibility, mobility, stability, and balance. Tai Chi has been proven to help improve cardiovascular health by lowering blood pressure and improving mood.
Tai Chi benefits older adults by helping prevent falls, one of the seniors’ most common sources of injury. Additionally, practitioners of Tai Chi have seen notable improvement when dealing with pain caused by arthritis. However, Tai Chi is for everyone, from babies and children to teens and young adults.
Although many of these benefits can be obtained through practice at home by watching classes such as Dr. Hoover’s Tai Chi for Beginners on Youtube, you’ll have more success by joining a class.
Today, we’ll go over the advantages of taking an in-person Tai Chi class and how to choose the right class for you.
Why Go to a Tai Chi Class?
As previously stated, many benefits can be gained through solo practice at home. However, you’ll miss out on a few critical elements compared to attending an in-person class.
Only some people can do the poses perfectly at first. Though not expressly tricky, it helps to be guided. There are often physical limitations due to lack of mobility, balance, or pain hindering your movements. Having a teacher present and providing feedback can help you understand how to adapt the Tai Chi poses to your best abilities. A teacher can also help you maintain a sense of calmness and keep your mind meditative.
Another benefit of attending a class is having other like-minded classmates you can bond with. You’ll be able to see their progression and work up to other’s levels while helping newer classmates learn the ropes.
What are the Qualifications of the Teacher?
Many Tai Chi instructors need to have invested time in practicing Tai Chi themselves. Afterward, a course to learn how to teach Tai Chi is required. Typical courses require around 100 hours of training to become a teacher. However, qualifications aren’t the only thing needed to find a great teacher.
A good teacher is necessary to learn Tai Chi correctly and efficiently. A good Tai Chi teacher needs to have a passion and love for teaching Tai Chi. Ideally, they should have good observation skills, communication skills, and amazing attention to detail.
How Much Do Tai Chi Classes Cost?
The price of a Tai Chi class can vary. Some classes charge a per-class cost, while others offer monthly memberships. Typically if a class is going to charge, expect to pay roughly $50 to $150 per month.
Though the cost isn’t very high, many people want to know if they want to invest time and money in practicing Tai Chi. Luckily some teachers want to give the gift of Tai Chi for free. If you feel like trying out Tai Chi for free, stop by Heartwell Park in Long Beach, CA, on Sundays from 9:30 am to 10:30 am near the duck pond. If you join us, remember to wear comfortable clothing to begin your journey back into balance.
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