Clearly, the earlier in life you start practicing tai chi (taiji), the greater your physical and mental capacities will be in old age. However, many people basically ignore their health until the natural healing and physical capacities of youth start to wane.
Suddenly, you get a wake-up call. Or maybe an injury that could heal in a couple of days previously now lingers on for a couple of weeks. And when you stay up all night with little sleep, you feel out of sorts for several days until the weekend when you can rest for a whole day or more. Maybe you find that you suffer from colds and other viral illnesses more often. General tension and anxiety seem to last longer. Your libido may decline.
These are all signs that poor health habits are catching up with you.
Commonly, these wake-up calls happen to people in their 50s. Unfortunately, there is a growing number of younger people burning out and experiencing these problems in their 30s and 40s—some, even in their 20s.
You can ignore the warning signs and stay in denial (not just a river in Egypt!), or you can do something right now to reverse the damage and begin regenerating your body, mind and spirit—regardless of your chronological age.
How? Tai chi is the answer. Tai chi’s goal is to make you functionally younger.
Now, you may be in your 50s and yet, be pretty darn healthy. If so, there’s no doubt that you’ve managed to do something or many things right, and you probably already recognize that maintaining your good health will allow you to continue enjoying your active and fulfilling lifestyle.
Realizing the full potential of your dreams and making positive contributions to your family and society all starts with your health.
Although all practitioners can expect to gain the range of tai chi’s (taiji) health benefits, practicing tai chi has special benefits for people over 50. Tai chi:
Many health studies conducted in China and the West show how tai chi and other Taoist practices improve health.
I recently returned from a three week instructor training in a chi gung practice called “Gods Playing in the Clouds”. This intensive was held at Menlo College near San Francisco and I’d like to share some details about my experience.