Tai Chi & CBD A Martial Art and a Cannabinoid
Tai Chi, also known as Taiji or T’ai chi ch’uan, is a Chinese martial art that has been used for thousands of years to promote physical and mental well-being. It is characterized by slow, flowing movements and deep breathing that help to improve balance, flexibility, and strength. It has been observed that it may also reduce stress and anxiety.
Recently, the use of CBD (Cannabidiol) has been combined with the practice of Tai Chi, as it is believed that it may enhance the overall wellness experience. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in the hemp plant. CBD oil is able to be purchased online or in stores without a medical card.
The FDA has not evaluated the safety or effectiveness of CBD products, and therefore, we are not providing any medical advice. Always consult with your healthcare professional before using any products containing CBD.
Tai Chi for Beginners - Lesson 1
A good way to start learning Tai Chi can be by watching YouTube videos. This first lesson with Peter Chen is quite helpful and informative!
WebMD also has some official tai chi videos that are great!
3 Basic Tai Chi Moves You Can Try
Perfect for beginners, young & old alike!
1. Opening and Closing:
This movement involves opening and closing the hands while shifting the weight from one leg to the other. This movement is often used to warm up the body and get into the flow of the practice.
To perform this movement, start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, with your knees slightly bent.
Bring your hands to your chest, with your palms facing each other.
Slowly open your hands, turning your palms outward, and shift your weight onto your left leg.
Close your hands, turning your palms inward, and shift your weight onto your right leg. Repeat this movement, inhaling as you open your hands and exhaling as you close them.
2. Grasping Sparrow's Tail
This movement involves stepping forward and turning the body, while the arms move in a circular motion to grasp an imaginary sparrow’s tail. To perform this movement, start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, with your knees slightly bent. Bring your left hand to your chest and your right hand to your waist, with your palms facing down. Step forward with your left foot, turning your body to the left, and extend your left hand forward, as if you were grasping an imaginary sparrow’s tail. Bring your right hand to your left hand, and step back with your left foot, turning your body to the right. Repeat this movement, inhaling as you step forward and exhaling as you step back.
3. Push Hands
This movement involves two people facing each other and pushing against each other’s hands. This movement helps to develop sensitivity and the ability to respond to an opponent’s movements. To perform this movement, start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, with your knees slightly bent. Extend your left hand forward, with your palm facing down, and your right hand to your waist. Your partner should also extend their left hand forward, with their palm facing up. Slowly push against each other’s hands, trying to maintain a steady balance and control the movement.
References: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/tai-chi https://www.healthline.com/health/tai-chi https://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/tai-chi-for-health#1