The Benefits of Tai Chi on SUP
CHI Health & Energy Fitness center was one of the firsts to offer SUP Yoga and the popular activity quickly spread. In keeping with innovations in wellness, CHI Fitness Center now offers Tai Chi on SUP (Stand Up Paddle board).
The Tai Chi on SUP (Stand Up Paddle board) class is a modified version of traditional Tai Chi but on a paddle board floating in the ocean. During this class you will flow through various Tai Chi movements while embracing the elements of the ocean and wind while balancing on a paddle board in shallow areas of the ocean surrounding The Kahala Hotel & Resort. Participants are challenged to maintain balance and connection to the breath while using the core to flow through Tai Chi movements. This is a low impact yet very challenging exercise for the mind and body.
What is Tai Chi?
Tai chi is an ancient form of martial arts originating from China. Tai chi is a series of circular, bent-knee, one-legged balancing movements done in rhythm with one's stomach breathing. It resembles ballet in slow-motion. According to traditional Chinese medicine, when yin and yang come together they create a dynamic inner movement. Today it is the most widely practiced exercise form in the world.
Tai chi is as much a state of mind as it is a system of movement. Demanding presence and attention to every sensation and detail. Performing tai chi feels simultaneously relaxing and powerful. It leaves the player with the sense that she is moving in accordance with human structure and the laws of gravity, leverage, and inertia. Tai Chi on SUP demands a meditative concentration to maintain balance while dreamily floating in the pristine Pacific Ocean. The slow movements of tai chi embodies strong grace.
What are the benefits of Tai Chi?
In the Harvard Magazine article entitled Easing Ills through Tai Chi by Nell Porter Brown researchers study the benefits of this mind-body exercise (http://harvardmagazine.com/2010/01/researchers-study-tai-chi-benefits). Surveys, including one by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (https://nccih.nih.gov/health/taichi), have shown that between 2.3 million and 3 million people use tai chi in the United States, where a fledgling body of scientific research now exists: the center has supported studies on the effect of tai chi on cardiovascular disease, fall prevention, bone health, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis of the knee, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic heart failure, cancer survivors, depression in older people, and symptoms of fibromyalgia. One study on the immune response to varicella-zoster virus (which causes shingles) suggested in 2007 that tai chi may enhance the immune system and improve overall well-being in older adults.
Tai Chi on SUP improves balance an important health consideration as you age. Improved balance as you age, simultaneously reduces pain and improves quality of life. Tai Chi can improve your ability to concentrate and potentially perform complex tasks.
Ask about a CHI fitness class pass, call +1 (808) 739.8940 for reservations.
Classes offered in June
- Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:15
- Fridays from 9:15 to 10:00