Benefits of Tai Chi, Health from the Tan Tien

Benefits of Tai Chi

Muscle strength. Tai chi can improve both lower-body strength and upper-body strength.

“Tai chi strengthens both the lower and upper extremities and also the core muscles of the back and abdomen.”

Flexibility. Tai chi can boost upper- and lower-body flexibility as well as strength.

Balance. Tai chi improves balance and, according to some studies, reduces falls. Proprioception — the ability to sense the position of one’s body in space — declines with age. Tai chi helps train this sense, which is a function of sensory neurons in the inner ear and stretch receptors in the muscles and ligaments.  Fear of falling can make you more likely to fall; some studies have found that tai chi training helps reduce that fear.


Gathering energy in navel allows it to be stored and then shared with the vital organs.

From The Taoist Soul Body, by Mantak Chia

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