Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that today is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It is a different type of meditative movement but still considered a form of yoga. Tai Chi was originally developed for self defense but is now used more as a form of exercise that focuses on stress reduction and help to manage other health conditions. Research has shown that Tai Chi has shown to decrease stress, anxiety, and depression, it improves mood and aerobic capacity. Tai Chi has been shown to increase energy and stamina, improve flexibility and agility, and improve muscle strength and definition. Studies have shown that it can enhance quality of sleep, enhance the immune system, help lower blood pressure, improve joint pain, improve symptoms of congestive heart failure, reduce fall risk in older adults, and improve overall well-being.
By taking these few hours of the week we have been able to refocus. It is helping us achieve a new level of positivity in the office, allowing us to think at a higher level, and helping us find inner motivation to continue to provide the best possible food to our schools and programs. With all the craziness of life don’t be afraid to take a step back to smile more, judge less, love more, and take a deep breath to de-stress. Stress is hard on the body and mind. You deserve it. Join us in starting this year de-stressed and ready to take on 2017.