Cincinnati Tai Chi Instructor Ralph Dehner explains “What is Tai Chi?”

Just watching the slow, meditative movements of tai chi and qigong are sometimes enough to help relax an anxious soul. But if you're interested in beginning the practice, you've come to the right place.

While tai chi (Taijiquan or Tai Chi Chuan) is an internal martial art, both tai chi and qigong are internal healing practices that originated in China. They are mind-body practices and are sometimes referred to as "moving meditations." We practice slowly, with awareness of the moment, breathing evenly, steady footwork, strength and groundedness, but light and agile.

Internal martial arts like tai chi begin by using the mind to coordinate the movements and balance of a relaxed body as opposed to the use of strength. This helps circulate, develop and release internal "qi" or vital energy. Self defense techniques develop, but so do a person's strength, balance, and internal health.

Tai Chi often is described as "Meditation in Motion" but Harvard Women's Health Watch says this low-impact exercise could be called "Medicine in motion”.

Compelling evidence shows it prevents and treats -- often better than standard therapies -- an array of age-related health conditions.  It stabilizes bone density, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol and improves Parkinson's patients' well-being.  Even if you do well on typical treatments, adding Tai Chi can improve quality of life, says Peter Wayne, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School.

Cincinnati Tai Chi Class & Workshop Information

Ralph Dehner's School of Tai Chi and Qi Gong offers a wide range of classes and workshops. Whether you're looking for a regular exercise, a daily meditative commitment or expanding your martial arts practice, we welcome you to look over the class and workshop schedule.

Shifu Dehner holds workshops in many states across the country helping beginners and experienced Tai Chi students deepen their practice and understanding.  He also does trainings to certifying qualified individuals to teach different Tai Chi for Health programs. He is one of twenty master trainers in the United States in Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health Programs.

Shifu Dehner also holds private lessons for students who wish to have training that is further focused and individualized. Feel free to contact him directly for more information. Just click on the Contact link at the left!



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