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What's better tai chi chih or yoga?

What's better tai chi chih or yoga?

Depends: The answer to that question depends on you. You have to ask yourself what you want out of a practice such as tai chi or yoga. What are you interested in more? Perhaps you don't have to decide, you could participate in both! it's all up to you. Enjoy it! ...Read more

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Is tai chi an effective stress reliever?

Is tai chi an effective stress reliever?

Yes: Yes, if you enjoy tai chi it can be an effective stress reliever. It combines gentle movement with a meditative approach, training mind and body in a healthy way. You need to have a good teacher though, who embodies the principles. There are videos, but probably this isn't as good as having someone you can ask questions of while you're practicing. ...Read more

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How to heal acidity problem with tai chi?

How to heal acidity problem with tai chi?

Should be treated...: Gerd is common but is not amenable to Tai Chi. However, there are easy solutions if you have just symptoms. If however you have inflammation due to gerd, this can be progressive & needs to be controlled. Start with behavior & diet changes (see prior healthtap answers), add acid-blocker medications (either h2-blockers or ppi's). Get evaluated especially if atypical, chronic &/or worsening distress. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get erections doing tai chi in class?

Is it normal to get erections doing tai chi in class?

Yes: Whenever a man is doing something that's physical, fulfilling and makes him feel really good about himself, he's likely to get all excited. It's different for different guys -- anything from riding the subway to singing the national anthem can get things going. All guys know about this stuff. Accept who you are ; be glad that wholesome things turn you on. And wear a good supporter for concealment. ...Read more

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Which is better, yoga or Pilates or tai chi?

Which is better, yoga or Pilates or tai chi?

Each has benefits: This is a bit like asking which is better, apples or oranges. There are many benefits for each of these. Yoga & tai chi are ancient techniques whereas pilates is more recent. All can benefit both mind & body.There are many varieties of yoga & tai chi & many different teachers. Some individuals will prefer/do better with one while another may prefer a different approach. You might want to try each! ...Read more

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How to stop anxiety from tai chi exercising outside in public?

How to stop anxiety from tai chi exercising outside in public?

Tai Chi anxiety: Close your eyes & meditate. Visualize pleasant scenarios. Focus on tensed up muscles while doing the exercises. ...Read more

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I heard there are some tai chi positions that help seniors with balance. What are the best ones?

I heard there are some tai chi positions that help seniors with balance. What are the best ones?

Practice: There are various tai chi and yoga positions that work on balance- any position or attempt to hold a position for a length of time will help that involves balance.- one leg standing is a good one. ...Read more

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Who knows about benefits of tai chi?

Who knows about benefits of tai chi?

Many: Tai chi can help reduce stress, help improve agility, balance and flexibility. Its great for people with any degenerative muscle and nerve condition b/c can help them prevent falls, its good for energy and depression. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between qigong and tai chi?

Is there a difference between qigong and tai chi?

Yes: Qigong is oriented towards health and well-being. Tai chi was originally a martial art, but is now used for it's health effects as well. The movements are different in these two approaches, but both are beneficial. ...Read more

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Does anyone know the steps of what tai chi does to you?

Does anyone know the steps of what tai chi does to you?

Grounding: I practiced tai chi when i lived in japan. It can help to ground or center you as well as helping to develop a sense of calmness. It is also a form of self defence. ...Read more

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Does tai chi help muscle tone?

Does tai chi help muscle tone?

Yes & balance, too: Tai chi is an excellent exercise that has been shown to increase strength, tone, flexibility & balance in its participants (typically studied in seniors) as well as to decrease falls & hip fractures. ...Read more

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Which is better for back pain yoga or tai chi?

Which is better for back pain yoga or tai chi?

No consenus: Great question but there is no consistent peer reviewed literature to differentiate the two at this time. Whatever makes you feel better is the best general answer and do not do things that hurt. . Feel better. ...Read more

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Can tai chi help to rehabilitate the aging brain and keep your brain young?

Can tai chi help to rehabilitate the aging brain and keep your brain young?

It can indeed: As with most physical exercise, tai chi can be very good for keeping both the body and brain active and, as a result, young. The attention to detail in learning the specific details of the movements is very good for brain and body and is a very low impact form of exercise. Although at its heart it is an extremely effective form of martial combat, tai chi is very useful for relaxation and meditation. ...Read more

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Is there a form of tai chi or yoga to accommodate someone who has a curved spine?

Is there a form of tai chi or yoga to accommodate someone who has a curved spine?

Pilates?: Similar good for backs keeps back out of extremes of nonfunctional motion you can consider a switch i always thought of tai chi as comfortable for backswater tai chi is available. ...Read more

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Tai-chi helpful?I want to built mental stability for combat n also to use adrenaline in my advantage. How much time a day and how many days.Routine?

Tai-chi helpful?I want to built mental stability for combat n also to use adrenaline in my advantage. How much time a day and how many days.Routine?

Tai-chi may: Help improve mental and physical dexterity, but probably won't help with potential combat. Also, there is no way to "use" Adrenalin - it's a natural response of your body. Contact a tai-chi instructor for more information. ...Read more

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What are the health benefits of doing tai chi? Does it burn calories?

What are the health benefits of doing tai chi? Does it burn calories?

It burns some: calories. It can help balance breath, energy, mind and Qi. ...Read more

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How can I make my body joint stiffness go away with yoga or tai chi?

How can I make my body joint stiffness go away with yoga or tai chi?

Either: Both are excellent to work with. I like yoga due to the stretching and balancing component. Patients who have more neuromuscular problems, dizziness issues, back problems find tai chi more helpful. I would try both out and see if it helps. Also drink more water since dehydration from caffeine, not enuf water makes the joints hurt. Use glucosamine and curcumin for joint pain. ...Read more