Sometimes called “Chinese shadow boxing,” tai chi is a gentle form of martial art and exercise that involves a formal series of flowing, graceful, slow-motion movements designed to harmonize the circulation of “chi” around the body. Chi, also rendered as ch’i or qi, is a term from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) used to describe an energy flow that pervades the universe and sustains the living beings within it. It is a controversial concept in Western medicine, as chi has not thus far been detected via conventional laboratory techniques.
The term “tai chi” refers to the energy achieved by perfectly balancing yin with yang – held by TCM to be the two essential forces of the universe.
Regardless of whether one accepts TCM’s conceptual framework, tai chi can serve as a healthy form of low-impact exercise that can help to develop strength, balance and flexibility.
Read more via Tai Chi – Dr. Weil’s Wellness Therapies.