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Good News for Cross-Canada Seniors’ Day

Good News for Cross-Canada Seniors’ Day

As locations across Canada get ready for Cross-Canada Seniors’ Day next week on June 9, a new meta-analysis suggests tai chi can lower blood pressure in older people as effectively as drugs or aerobic exercise. Researchers also found that the reduction in systolic blood pressure was greater in people who performed tai chi more frequently. […]
Brisbane Twentieth Anniversary Dinner

Brisbane Twentieth Anniversary Dinner

Members and special guests in Brisbane, Queensland (Australia), celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Brisbane branch at a dinner on March 10, 2016. We were pleased to be joined by special guests Mr. Duncan Pegg MP, member for Stretton and representing the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk; Councillor Vicki Howard from Central Ward of the City […]
Active Senior Makes the Most of Every Day in Stratford, Ontario

Active Senior Makes the Most of Every Day in Stratford, Ontario

The benefits of an active lifestyle are well documented in studies.  But for living proof look no further than Stratford’s Isabel Plant. A five-day-a-week regular at the city’s branch of Taoist Tai Chi the energetic and charming senior celebrated her 90th birthday with fellow participants at the Ontario Street facility this week. Along with Anneli […]
Tai Chi Deemed One of the Five Best Exercises

Tai Chi Deemed One of the Five Best Exercises

Harvard Health Publications, the media and publishing division of the Harvard Medical School of Harvard University, one of the oldest and most trusted sources of medical information in the United States of America, reports that one of the five best exercises you can ever do is tai chi. As reported in the article No matter […]
Dan Yu Challenge Comments From Canada’s Pacific Region

Dan Yu Challenge Comments From Canada’s Pacific Region

Participants from across Canada are taking part in a six-week national dan yu challenge.  One only challenges one’s self to do more dan yu’s, not others.  Donations are freely given to support fundraising for the International Center in Florida.  Better health for the individual and for the organization is the best reward.  Here are some comments from participants in Canada’s Pacific […]
Halfway through the National Dan Yu Challenge

Halfway through the National Dan Yu Challenge

Here’s what participants in Western Region are saying about their practice: “It’s a good way to start the day.” Audrey “It softens the stiffness in my hips.” Phyllis “I’m doing the same number of Dan Yus every day, and it feels like it’s getting easier.” Eileen “The more Dan Yus I do, the more I […]
Danyus for Dunedin in the Atlantic Region

Danyus for Dunedin in the Atlantic Region

Many welcome thoughts on the Danyu Challenge…… The Danyu challenge has encouraged many participants to extend their limits and to discover the benefits of the extra practice. Je sens la chaleur sous mes pieds ..Jean/ Moncton, NB It makes shovelling snow easier..Claude/ Dartmouth, NS Il faut en faire plusieurs chaque jour, pour sentir une différence […]
Osteoporosis – an Artist’s Story

Osteoporosis – an Artist’s Story

In November 2014 I accepted an invitation from the International Directors for an extended stay in Orangeville. The hardest bit was leaving my family for 9 weeks; they are grownups and live independent lives but it was still difficult and I missed the regular contact. We hadn’t been separated for that length of time before; […]
Tai Chi Is as Effective as Physical Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis

Tai Chi Is as Effective as Physical Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis

A study by Dr. Wang to evaluate the effectiveness of Tai Chi in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA) symptoms concluded that tai chi reduces pain and improves physical function, self-efficacy, depression, and health-related quality of life for knee OA.   “Dr Wang has been quoted as saying: “The value of Tai Chi goes beyond physical therapy because […]
Strong leg muscles for a fit brain!

Strong leg muscles for a fit brain!

The brains and bodies of identical twins were compared over ten years and for the first time, a connection has been found between power in the lower limbs and healthy cognitive ageing. So, if you need a little extra motivation to get up and do your danyu’s (or any of our moves!) ….. Read article published on […]
Tai Chi & Psychotherapy for Better Sleep and More

Tai Chi & Psychotherapy for Better Sleep and More

Poor sleep is associated with increased inflammation, which may contribute to heart disease and a variety of other ailments. A new study has shown that cognitive behavioral therapy and tai chi, the Chinese exercise technique, may reduce both insomnia and inflammation….At one year after the treatment, compared with the control group, those on cognitive behavioral […]
Tai Chi Effective Physiotherapy for Knees

Tai Chi Effective Physiotherapy for Knees

Both Tai Chi and physical therapy positively impact pain, function and other symptoms of knee osteoarthritis — making Tai Chi a viable treatment alternative for people suffering with the degenerative disease, according to research presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Read full article >
Staying alive…

Staying alive…

While many of us are working hard to improve our health, Bob, a participant from Colchester in Great Britain, is just focussing on staying alive. Here is his story: 2 years ago I broke my arm and had to do everything with my left hand. The doctor told me the cause of the break was […]
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