From Our Editors
At the various Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi studios throughout the country, it's quite common to see people bouncing up and down while hitting their abdomens with closed fists. Like the fighter who pumps himself up by pounding his chest before a big fight, the students perform this movement to help warm up their bodies and prepare them for a Body & Brain class. Practitioners believe the repeated fist taps concentrate energy in their abdomen and help them focus.
Next, they move on to more traditional yoga moves that help stretch and strengthen the body, as well as improve balance and boost circulation. Classes wrap up with a variety of energy work and meditation techniques, including brain-wave-vibration therapy and JiGam—which helps practitioners quiet their minds and take a break from trying to figure out which really came first: the chicken or the egg?
Tai chi, a non-combative martial art, focuses on mental and spiritual strength while being physically challenging to students of all ages.
This type of East Asian energy work drives Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi, helping its participants create more balanced lives and enhance their overall feelings of well-being. Because it doesn't follow a strict set of yoga poses, but relies instead on mind-body exercises, Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi is good for people of all ages, body types, and fitness levels.