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Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a martial art that is considered a form of meditation in motion.
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History
The history of Tai Chi can be traced back to Taoist and Buddhist monasteries.

Where
Tai Chi can be practiced anywhere, and is often seen practiced in groups in parks across Canada.

How to play
The study of tai chi includes three different areas: health, meditation and the martial art. The practice is the slow, methodical repetition of defined movements. To begin, feet should be shoulder width apart and one hand should be on the lower abdomen. Breathing should be slow through the nose.
With feet ‘rooted’ the rest of the body can sway like branches on a tree. There are many different types of movement including Chen, Yang, Wu and Hao. The Yang style is the most popular and involves large arm movements and a smooth tempo.

Suggested equipment
- Comfortable clothing

Adaptations
Physical activity in Canada includes everyone, regardless of any ability or circumstance. Some sports and activities may, however, require a few adaptations to make them as accessible as possible. Below you’ll find recommendations and suggestions on how to accommodate individuals that may have limitations or different needs. With a positive attitude and a little ingenuity, any activity can be made enjoyable for all.
Sensory
Those who are blind or visually impaired can perform Tai Chi. An instructor can explicitly describe detailed instructions throughout the session. Instructors may spot and assist those who need adjustments/help. The environment of the class should be absent of any obstacles.

Very little adaptions are required for individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Instructors should clearly perform the movements for visual aid.
Learning/Cognitive Disabilities
Tai Chi. is an individual sport, and therefore, participants can work independently and at their own pace and comfort to gain the full experience of the class. It is important that instructors adapt the class to the individual’s level of ability. Use lots of demonstration and positive reinforcement.

New techniques should be introduced slowly.
Mobility Limitation
Tai Chi can be adapted to suit the participant’s needs. It can be practiced in a standing or seated position. Instructors can focus on the abilities of individuals and concentrate on the desired movements and progress as desired.

Benefits of Tai Chi

The Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines outline the amount and type of physical activity you need at every age and stage of life. And, for the first time, the new 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children & Youth also include sleep. Following the guidelines will help reduce the risk of chronic disease, lead to a more focused mind, a stronger, fitter body, and all in all, a more enjoyable life.

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