Tai Chi: Moving Meditation


Tai Chi centers and calms. It creates feelings of peace, serenity, and quiet. Tai Chi promotes good posture, muscle tone, flexibility, and agility. Regular practice of this discipline encourages integration of the body and mind, the muscular and skeletal systems, and the right & left brain. It is a positive, non-violent way of releasing excess energy and aggression.

A 20-minute session brings about relaxation and greater awareness. Benefits of Tai Chi include enhanced creativity, more easily grasped new concepts, increased productivity. A regular practice of Tai Chi helps to reduce anxiety levels.

The seven Tai Chi principles are

centering, focus, coordination, quiet mind, quiet movement, quiet breathing, and quiet smile.

5Element Form Tai Chi is based upon the five elements (fire, earth, air/metal, water, and wood) of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The warm up and five simple postures, make this form easy to learn and remember. These simple movements can be easily and incorporated into a daily exercise routine.

The Sky Story is a Tai Chi form that uses eight movements to tell the tale of Earth moving through the day from sunup to moonrise. Based upon the work of Patrice Thomas, author of The Power of Relaxation: Using Tai Chi and Visualization to Reduce Children’s Stress, this form engages young people from 7 to 77. It is a fun family activity.

Please note this is a practice audio for those who are learning 5Element Form Tai Chi. This audio walks the participant through  the movements only, it does not include breathing or colors visualized during the form. All three combined constitute the practice. To learn 5Element Form Tai Chi it is recommended you take a class.

A practice video is available on YouTube

Sifu Vanessa F. Hurst, ms, has been practicing Tai Chi for 17 years. She has been teaching for 11 years. Currently Vanessa teaching at the UofL School of Medicine and Get Healthy Now, a subsidiary of UofL. She also offers community classes.

Contact Vanessa about ongoing classes, programs for your organization, and special children events.