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Tai Chi/ Qigong/ Kung Fu Master Joyce Patrick

Joyce Patrick is a second degree black belt in the Chinese martial art of Kung Fu, Qigong and Tai Chi. In 2001 at age 38 she began training as a means to strengthen her body and her mind and to relieve the daily stress of the teaching profession. After receiving her black belts, Joyce began using her instructor and martial art training to teach others in the arts. She left the education field to open her own studio full time in the UK in 2010, before relocating to her home state in 2011 to open a studio in Newport Beach, CA. Tai Chi has become not only a daily exercise but a huge part of her life. Joyce has most recently trained under Master Yuan of the 15th generation of the Daioist Kung Fu Academy in Wudang China. Over the past seven years Joyce has worked regularly with clients in dependency recovery as well as patients undergoing physical limitations and rehabilitation. Joyce permanently relocated to the mountain in early 2018 and has brought the art of Tai Chi with her. She offers weekly group classes and offers private lessons in Tai Chi and Qigong.

According to the Mayo Clinic "Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.

Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.

Tai chi has many different styles. Each style may subtly emphasize various tai chi principles and methods. There are variations within each style. Some styles may focus on health maintenance, while others focus on the martial arts aspect of tai chi.

Tai chi is different from yoga, another type of meditative movement. Yoga includes various physical postures and breathing techniques, along with meditation.

Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is a low-impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.

You may also find tai chi appealing because it's inexpensive and requires no special equipment. You can do tai chi anywhere, including indoors or outside. And you can do tai chi alone or in a group class.

Although tai chi is generally safe, women who are pregnant or people with joint problems, back pain, fractures, severe osteoporosis or a hernia should consult their health care provider before trying tai chi. Modification or avoidance of certain postures may be recommended.

When learned correctly and performed regularly, tai chi can be a positive part of an overall approach to improving your health. The benefits of tai chi may include:

Decreased stress, anxiety and depression

Improved mood

Improved aerobic capacity

Increased energy and stamina

Improved flexibility, balance and agility

Improved muscle strength and definition