Easy Tai Chiis an evidence-based mind and body exercise program developed at the Oregon Research Institute (ORI) in Eugene, OR. Benefits include improvements in balance, strength, flexibility and mobility, as well as reduction in the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis. It also aids in enhancing overall body awareness and balancing the energy between the mind and the body. Easy Tai Chi (ETC) is demonstrated in FOUR 10-minute segments:
1) Seated ETC; step-by-step demo with instructional narrative.
2) Seated ETC; demonstration with music only.
3) Standing ETC; step-by-step demo with instructional narrative.
4) Standing ETC; demonstration with music only.
The 8 forms are demonstrated in both a seated and a standing position in an effort to accommodate individuals with varying capabilities. When performed on a regular basis, the forms have been shown to substantially reduce the risk for falls. Whether the goal is to teach the forms to others, or to use them for personal fitness gains…Easy Tai Chi is said to be a rewarding experience.