Tai Chi (taiji), short for T’ai Chi Ch’üan, or Taijiquan, is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. The term taiji refers to a philosophy of the forces of yin and yang, related to the moves. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of pushing hands (tui shou), demonstration competitions and achieving greater longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis. Some training forms of tàijíquán are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movements.
Today, Tai Chi has spread worldwide. Most modern styles of tai chi trace their development to at least one of the five traditional schools: Chen, Yang, Wu (Hao), Wu and Sun. All of the former, in turn, trace their historical origins to Chen Village.
Tom Tague is a long time Hunterdon County resident, and the founder of Skylands Energy Arts. He embraces the classic Yang Family Style Tai Chi and follows the teachings of Yang Chengfu, Fu Zhongwen and Cheng Man Ch’ing. Tom is certified by Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Health Institute in Tai Chi for Arthritis, Fall Prevention and Diabetes. He has additional certifications from The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, and Qigong For Healing. Tom is certified as a Qi Therapist, Reiki Master/Teacher, and Qigong-Tai Chi Instructor. He is also a member of the National QiGong Association, and the Reiki Membership Association.
Regular practice of Tai Chi has a positive impact on many conditions, ranging from Cancer Recovery, Arthritis, Diabetes, Depression, Fibromyalgia, and Parkinson’s. Tai Chi also has been found to stimulate the central nervous system, lower blood pressure, relieve stress, tone muscles and help with digestion.
Tai Chi Eases The Blues. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry has indicated that a weekly tai chi exercise class with a standard depression treatment for a group of older adults with depression could help to treat depressive symptoms.
Please see the front desk for pricing or call, 908-534-7600. Must be registered for the class in order to participate.
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