Depression and Taoist Tai Chi® arts
Taoist Tai Chi® arts help people with depression lift their spirits and increase their energy. They relax, become steadier emotionally, and experience reduced anxiety. Practicing together as part of a community helps to build healthy connections within themselves and with the outside world. People find they begin to enjoy their relationships with others as well as activities that they may have begun to avoid.
People practising Taoist Tai Chi® arts also find they become stronger, have better balance and flexibility, and enjoy a wonderful feeling of vitality, lightness and well-being.
One Person’s Story Recovery from Depression
My name is Kirosa. I was diagnosed with Depressive Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. At the time I could not interact with my family or work or get out of the house at all. I was sleeping many hours. Attending a Taoist Tai Chi® arts retreat was a turning point in my life. I began to think more positively and I stopped feeling so alone. I began to be more comfortable in my own skin and to like myself better. It has been a journey, but with Taoist Tai Chi® practice, I feel that I am a new person.
What are practitioners with depression saying about Taoist Tai Chi® arts?
“Going to Taoist Tai Chi® arts class aids in the prevention of depression and is a great pain killer. Taoist Tai Chi® practice gives me hope.”
– Jane, UK
“For me, Taoist Tai Chi® practice has most strongly impacted my emotional/mental health – less depression and anxiety and an improved ability to relate to others. I have better self-esteem; I am less shy and have less social anxiety. I am calmer and less angry.”
– Ann, Canada
“After my wife died Taoist Tai Chi® arts helped me cope with the grieving process. The calming yet focused “moving meditation” was an enormous help in giving me back a purpose for living.”
– Michael, Canada
“After a year of Taoist Tai Chi® practice, I decided with the doctor’s approval that I didn’t want to take any more anti-depressants and that for me, practising his teachings was my medication!”
– Diane, Canada
“My paternal grandmother, my father, my brother and some of his children and grandchildren – so 5 generations – have struggled with both anxiety and depression. Of all the family, I am the only one who keeps these things under control without medication.
From quite early in my Taoist Tai Chi® arts training I realized that Taoist Tai Chi® practice gave me more energy (and balance). Being balanced in my body contributes to being emotionally balanced, that the mind and body are all one.”
– Polly, Canada