"As an 81 year old ... I feel I have benefited greatly from this discipline"
As an 81 year old man with chronic leukemia I have been doing tai chi for 5 years.
I feel I have benefited greatly from this discipline. It has maintained and improved my flexibility and physical stamina.
By striving to do each element of the set well, my mental capacities have also been exercised.
A. Hughes, retired, a founding teacher at a private school in Thornhill.
"It works for me"
I intersect with tai chi both on a personal and professional level.
On the personal level: After I crushed my heel bone in a freak accident, I couldn't weight bear for 3 months and lost the balance on my left side.
The practice of tai chi has dramatically helped me restore this balance and recover from the injury. As our teacher Patrick says, "It is a work in progress."
On the professional level: I am a physician who specializes in endocrinology and metabolism, which includes osteoporosis or "brittle bones."
The Osteoporosis Society of Canada recommends tai chi as one of the exercises of choice to prevent falls and the devastating effects of fractures.
So I tell my patients, "Try tai chi - it works for me!"
"I feel more flexible"
I have been doing Tai Chi for about 5 years.
As a former nurse, I think Tai Chi has many benefits, which help us in our daily activities.
The movements are slow and gentle, no stress on our muscles or joints and very good for balance.
I feel more flexible, without any discomfort in my daily activities.
In summer, we sometimes do Tai Chi in the park.
I would recommend Tai Chi for all ages to help keep you fit.
A. Patrick, Retired Nurse
"The social atmosphere is enjoyable"
I have been practicing Tai Chi for some 8 years and find it most beneficial.
It is a gentle form of exercise but promotes strong muscles, good breathing, balance and coordination.
Those who teach are knowledgeable, proficient and most welcoming and the social atmosphere is enjoyable.
B. Nash, Retired Teacher.