Seated Exercises for You #3

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Below is a video of a seated exercise that you might find helpful.


If you are a healthcare professional, caregiver or a taiji or qigong instructor, we would like to hear from you.  Please send a short article, photos or videos of the exercises (seated or standing) you use for your students or patients to with the subject line “chair tai chi blog.”

~Remember to always consult your physician before starting any new exercise program.~

Seated Exercises for You #2

Welcome back to the Chair Tai Chi blog!

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Below is a video of a simple and gentle seated cardio workout to burn calories and elevate your heart rate.  Please click on the link to view the video.

If you have a favorite video of gentle seated or standing exercises, please send it with a short explanation of how you use the exercises to with the subject line, “chair tai chi blog.”  We’d love to know what you do to stay fit.


Always consult your physician before beginning any new exercise program.

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Seated Exercises for You

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Welcome to the Chair Tai Chi Blog!

Below is a video of a short series of seated exercises that is easy to follow and will help you to energize and stretch while sitting comfortably.  Please click on the link below to access the video.

If you have a favorite video of gentle seated or standing exercises, please send it with a short explanation of how you use the exercises to with the subject line, “chair tai chi blog.”  We’d love to know what you do to stay fit.

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What is Taiji (Tai Chi) and How Can It Help the Elderly or Disabled?

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“Today, Taijijuan stands as one of the great human achievements, an amalgamation of physical, mental and energetic skills.”

Taken from an article at

A person’s ability to continue practicing most fitness and sports programs diminishes with age; while one’s ability to perfect the breathing, forms and meditation of Taiji actually increase as one grows older, more experienced and wiser.  The fact that Taiji helps to realign the body and bring it back into balance, is of great importance as we age.  We experience joint stiffness, the pain of arthritis, and shortness of breath which in turn, causes us to slow down or stop exercising altogether.  That, of course, is the worst thing a person can do.

Exercise increases mobility and decreases stiffness and pain in the long run.  Taiji is a gentle exercise system that improves the natural flow of energy, relaxes the mind, reduces stress, and promotes deeper, more beneficial breathing.

Seated Taiji offers a fitness program for those who are unable to stand for the time necessary to practice even a short Taiji form, or who are confined to a wheelchair.  Even in a seated position, Taiji movements exercise muscles, joints and organs. Healthcare professionals/instructors can help their patients/students to improve their breathing and strengthen their lungs by guiding them to gently but fully expand and contract their lungs, synchronizing breath with each movement.  For ideas on safe and effective seated exercises, please visit our website for books on this subject:

Taiji practice also helps us to focus our minds and increase mental clarity through the movements of our bodies and the activity of our minds as we concentrate on the flow of energy – particularly in relation to the energy present in our environment.  In the practice of Taiji, we must juggle several things at the same time.  We must concentrate on the area of the body we have targeted.  We must be concerned with the movement of energy, and knowledgeable about the existence and location of meridians and their juncture points.  At the same time, we need to be aware of the spatial relation between ourselves and our surroundings.

The practice of Taiji is also effective in balancing our emotions.  The five yin or solid organs produce a kind of essential energy which, in turn, generates five emotions: joy (agitation), anger, grief, worry and fear.  Anger is associated with the liver, grief with the lungs, worry with the spleen, fear with the kidneys, and joy or its negative expression as agitation, with the heart. Within normal limits, these emotions are necessary and healthy.  However, when any emotion becomes too powerful, uncontrollable or long term, our bodies’ organs weaken and become susceptible to disease.  Taiji, by energizing, stimulating and exercising each organ, eliminates excess emotional responses to events and calms the spirit.

Taiji stimulates and massages all our organs, balances all the normal functions of the body, and reduces stress that can cause out-of- control emotions.  The nature of Taiji is meditative – often identified as a “moving meditation” – allowing the mind to clear, the body to relax, and the emotions to return to a healthy balanced state.  All of this through the practice of one exercise program!


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A Balance Exercise for Adults, Seniors and Differently-abled People of All Ages

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Below is a balance exercise that Roger Godin, HPA, uses in his classes.
He has taught tai chi and qigong for 12 years to adults, seniors and differently-abled people.  He switched from the hard martial arts to qigong and tai chi 15 years ago for self-help as he himself is impaired by  cerebral palsy and a hip replacement.

Welcome Back!

images (2), welcome 4We’re back with a new format for the Chair Tai Chi blog.

      This blog is now a meeting place for anyone involved in caring for the elderly or disabled.  Healthcare professionals and caregivers are welcome to submit articles.  Write about an exercise program, an alternative health methodology, or anything else you think might be of interest and help to those who care for people of any age with limited mobility, mental health issues, or chronic illnesses.

Below are some topic suggestions:

  • Tapping
  • Meditation
  • Natural remedies
  • Cranial sacral therapy
  • Qigong
  • Taiji
  • Acupressure/acupuncture
  • Yoga

      Everyone is encouraged to contribute.   Whether you are a nurse, a physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician’s assistant, a martial arts or yoga instructor, a family member or friend of someone who is elderly or disabled…we want to hear from you.  If you have a question, a suggestion, a story about your experience with a patient/student or a family member, let us know about it.

      Please send a paragraph or two or a complete article to with the subject line “article for chair blog”.  If your article seems a bit long for a blog, I will run it as a two or three part article over a period of weeks.  You’re welcome to also send photos or a video of a class you teach or group you work with.  Please remember, you must have permission to photograph or video tape anyone, even family members.

      We look forward to hearing from you soon.  Thank you for your interest in alternative therapies and the Chair Tai Chi blog.