Yoga or Tai Chi?
Yoga has be lauded for its ability to calm the mind, help with migraines and sleep disorders, and promote overall body wellness. But did you know that Tai Chi also has major benefits to the body? Both exercises help to coordinate your body and mind with the positive energy that surrounds you. Although both have similar goals, a comparison of the benefits of tai chi and yoga reveals a few differences.
While yoga focuses on stillness, with each posture being held for several seconds or minutes, allowing the body to fill with positive energy between each movement, tai chi focuses on fluid and relaxed movements. The postures are constantly evolving and there are no pauses as the body moves from one position to the next.
In terms of health benefits, yoga has been linked to a reduced heart rate, lower blood pressure, a relief of physical pain across the body, and improved symptoms of depression. Tai chi, on the other hand, has been shown to improve symptoms of arthritis, high blood pressure, and even Parkinson’s disease. Tai chi and yoga can also improve your balance. Tai chi is beneficial for balance while moving as you’ll learn how to flow seamlessly from one move to another. Yoga will teach you improved balanced while standing still as learning how to evenly distribute your weight is a huge component of balance.
Both has been shown to relieve stress. The method that proves most useful for you can be decided by trying them both and thinking through what kind of things calm you down. If you enjoy the constant movement of tai chi and become nervous while holding yoga postures, tai chi will help you relieve stress more effectively. Similarly, if the stillness of yoga speaks to your soul, you might find that a yoga practice suits you best.
So to answer the question of which one is better really just comes down to who you are and what symptoms you’re experiencing. Yoga used to have a firm grasp on the relaxation and body/mind wellness market, but tai chi is gaining ground fast. Perhaps there’s a reason so many people are jumping on the bandwagon.