Mind-body therapist Robin Hardbattle leads you in warm-up exercises. It is important to get your blood flowing and loosen up your joints before practicing the full tai chi form. This is the first video in a series of four.
The fundamental movements in this video help lay down a strong foundation to improve your strength, balance, and coordination. You can build on these simple sequences and progress into practicing the more complex full tai chi moves seen in the next video.
Mind-body therapist Robin Hardbattle guides you through the full tai chi sequence. Follow along and then move on to the final video to cool down.
In this final video, you transition out of the tai chi practice. You will center yourself and bring down your heart rate.
Tai chi is a traditional Chinese self-defense practice. It involves a series of graceful movements. Tai chi can potentially help both your physical and emotional well-being.
Studies have shown that tai chi can improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility, stamina, and mental outlook. It has also been shown to reduce stress and help people having treatment for cancer. Like with other mind-body therapies, the benefits can increase with regular practice.
In this video series, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s mind-body therapist Robin Hardbattle guides you through the principles of tai chi and the exercises themselves. These videos are intended to help people who are new to the practice, as well as those who already have some experience.
There are four videos in this series:
warm-up exercises to loosen up your muscles and joints
an explanation of the individual movements so you’ll know the best way to stand and move
a full tai chi sequence, based on the Yang style short form by Cheng Man-ching
cool-down techniques to bring your heart rate back to its normal resting level