John Aguilar, Jr., L.Ac., R.Y.T., M.S.TCM

Licensed AcupuncturistChinese Medical HerbalistYoga and Tai Chi Instructor

About Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi Chuan (aka 'Tai Ji Quan') translates into 'Supreme Ultimate Martial Art', and it is. It's not any secret punch or kick combination that earns it that title, however. It's a unique approach to combat and training that truly set it apart.

Tai chi emphasizes awareness, beginning with the self and leading to that of your opponent. It is based on wisdom and efficiency, versus brute force and aggression. Its 'power' comes from openness. It is about balance in movement and harmony with every given moment... And it is for these very same reasons that it makes an ideal form of exercise.

The most popular and widely practiced style of Tai chi, the Yang family form, in actual practice, is very smooth and free flowing. It is quite beautiful to watch, and it's not hard to imagine how those movements could improve one's health.

The main idea behind the Tai chi form is to open the channels of energy, or qi, and circulate energy and blood to every part, every cell of the body. In doing this it supplies not only nourishment, but guidance or 'know how' to every part of the body. It, thus, can strengthen and heal the organs and structures of the body, as well as regulate physiological processes, increasing efficiency of the whole being.

It may help to think of practicing Tai chi as doing basic maintenance on the entire mind/body complex. A single round, or even a week's worth of training, may not cure all that ails you, but daily practice, over time, can reorganize, restructure, and reinvigorate you, essentially returning you to a state before any deviation of health occurred.

It is my professional opinion that daily Tai chi practice is almost as useful for attaining good health as eating or drinking water. You may die without food or water, but without Tai chi, you probably aren't truly living.

This is why I teach Tai chi. There is most likely nothing else I could to to have as much positive impact on a person's overall health and state of being. As with yoga, I much prefer small-group or one-on-one teaching scenarios, to maximize transmission of the material. To inquire into personal instruction please contact me. To see the current small-group instruction schedule, click here.

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