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Yoga or Tai Chi?

Updated on December 2, 2011

Which one do you prefer? Yoga or Tai Chi??

Yoga and Tai Chi are recognized for their power to enhance flexibility, balance and frame of mind. Since both techniques put minor force on the hips and knees, they’re advantageous for older people or those with joint troubles. Emergent study reveals that they bid other benefits too. Each method has unique forte, so pick out the one that suits your requirements.

Yoga originated from India and is mostly in practice nowadays. It is done through meditation to free one from any stress and for mental peace. It builds strength, enhances the mind & sprit, and gives you great mind clarity. Yoga uses limited breathing and a sequence of poses to carry the weight of the body on the floor and has more benefits on the following organs and illnesses:

  1. Control pain in people with arthritis, back pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
  2. Relieve asthma and chronic bronchitis.
  3. Encourage healthy eating. According to some research, women who carry out yoga have healthier eating patterns and are less likely to gain weight.
  4. Protect the heart. Yoga practitioners in one study had lower blood pressure, blood sugar, triglyceride levels, and higher levels of good cholesterol (HDL).
  5. Recuperate sleep in older people.

Tai Chi came from China and uses a slow-motion martial art that develops balance and solidity while walking. It is not just limited to spiritual healing but can also teach a person art of self-defense. It is also good for relaxation and concentration. Studies suggest it has the following benefits:

  1. Boost immunity. Tai chi volunteers in one study showed greater immune response.
  2. Ease the pain of arthritis.
  3. Slow bone loss in postmenopausal women.
  4. Aid cancer patients. A study revealed that tai chi aid breast-cancer patients deal with the psychosomatic effects of the medication.

Keeping your body fit would also be better if you keep your mind healthy too. It goes together well with both as these are ancient techniques and does not uses any medicines.

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Which one do you prefer? Yoga or Taichi?

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      Ms Congeniality 7 years ago

      What about Pilates? Do you know this one also? I would like to know the diffrences among them.

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      Katie 7 years ago

      Very informative. I prefer yoga because of the soothing music that makes it more calming. Great post! =)