Breathing just isn’t for me

Whenever someone says that tai chi just isn’t for them, I struggle to process this because it’s as if they just said that breathing just isn’t for them – it doesn’t make sense.

I mean, it makes sense within the context of their understanding and perhaps because they’ve only done a beginner’s class and not persevered with their training.

Here’s the thing, sometimes I just can’t be bothered to practice, but I still do it.

Like today on the hottest day of the year, indoors with no aircon.

I do it because just like breathing, it doesn’t matter whether I like it or not, it needs to be done.

So why should you practice tai chi? For these reasons, in no particular order:

  • you can reduce stress and anxiety
  • you can improve your leg strength
  • you can improve your balance
  • it improves your ability to perform in other sports and activities
  • it improves your breathing
  • it improves your discipline
  • it improves your mental focus
  • you can use it to change improve mindset
  • you can use it to deal with deep unresolved issues
  • you can use it to reprogramme your mind and remove limiting beliefs
  • it can improve your agility
  • it can improve your flexibility
  • it can improve the way you move overall
  • you can use it to defend yourself
  • you can use it to change the way you process the world
  • you can feel like you’re living a life of ease
  • you can practice it when you’re tired or recovering from strenuous exercise (active recovery)
  • you can use it to improve your mood
  • it can improve your social life
  • you can practice it when you’re old and frail
  • it can keep you feeling young

I can’t think of another activity that can do all this.

My only question is: why are you not practicing tai chi?