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Understanding Tai Chi

Is Tai Chi useful during Covid lockdown? Tai-chi

I don't know about you but I've always been interested in Tai Chi since the 80s. On one occasion my family and I spent a fortnight living in the 13th Arrondissement district of Paris.

Everyday local residents came out of their homes and in groups to carry out their Tai Chi exercises.

The National Health Service has the following explanations.

Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, tai chi is now practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise.

Are there different styles of tai chi?

Yes, such as yang, chen and wu. Some teachers often practise a combination of styles. The main differences between the different tai chi styles are in the speed of movement and the way the body holds the postures.

Am I too old for tai chi?

No, tai chi is commonly performed as a low-impact exercise, which means it won't put much pressure on your bones and joints. Most people should be able to do it.

Can tai chi help with arthritis?

There is some evidence that tai chi can improve mobility in the ankles, hips and knees in people with rheumatoid arthritis. However, it is still not known if tai chi can reduce pain or improve the quality of life for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Dr Paul Lam explans the principles behind Tai Chi.


There is a huge amount of Tai Chi teaching resources on YouTube. During this second Covid lockdown and in Autumn and Winter outdoors exercise is much less practical.

Why not try Tai Chi indoors?

I'm going too, I'll let you know how it goes.