Understanding Tai Chi  

Breathe in, breathe out. Let your chest rise, now let it fall. Shift your body weight to your left leg and stretch your arms out to the left, now slowly sway your arms and your body weight over to the right. Complementary movements, mental and physical balance, yin and yang; these are the essence of tai chi.

According to Chinese medicine, the universe is run by a single principle, the Tao, which is made up of the yin and the yang; which are two opposing, yet complementary principles. For example, the yin includes femaleness, the moon, cold, and matter; while maleness, the sun, heat, and energy are relatively yang.