Depression & Anxiety


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"T’ai Chi Chih® has changed my life,” say many people who practice TCC regularly. In fact, it is one of the most common statements of gratitude TCC originator Justin Stone has heard from students over many years. Improvements in physical, emotional, and mental health are enjoyed by students of all ages – children, teens, young adults, mid-lifers and seniors. The benefits are often quickly apparent to newcomers, as well as cumulative for those who have practiced TCC for years and decades.

Quotations below are from students and teachers, provided as inspiration and an invitation. This information is not intended to replace any medical treatment by, or perspectives from, your own health care provider.


Students and Teachers Explain How T’ai Chi Chih Helps Balance Their Moods ...

  • "As I progressed in TCC, the world around me was somehow brighter, as if I’d put on a pair of new glasses.” – John Jacoby (Reprinted with permission from Blooming the Spirit: The Spiritual Dimension of T’ai Chi Chih)
     
  • "It is such a great feeling to be able to go into that quiet and beautiful place inside me.” – Cecile Maes (Reprinted with permission from Blooming the Spirit: The Spiritual Dimension of T’ai Chi Chih)
     
  • "I knew that T’ai Chi Chih was powerful when my depression was gone after just a year of practice. Now, being a new teacher is like having a front row seat to watch what TCC can do, WOW!” – Carol Roeske, TCC teacher (Reprinted with permission from Blooming the Spirit: The Spiritual Dimension of T’ai Chi Chih)
     
  • "I used to think that the birds started singing just when I started doing T’ai Chi Chih. Now I realize that they were singing all the time but I didn’t hear them until my mind was quiet.” – Ellen Tatge, TCC teacher (Reprinted with permission from Blooming the Spirit: The Spiritual Dimension of T’ai Chi Chih)
     
  • "TCC is definitely joy through movement for me. I have seen many changes in my behavior in the six weeks since class started. I am a very anxious person and TCC is a great stress reliever and helps reduce my anxiety.” – Jeremy Williams, TCC student, Baltimore, MD (Reprinted with permission from Blooming the Spirit: The Spiritual Dimension of T’ai Chi Chih)
     
  • "I have come to understand through TCC practice that I don’t have to freak out about everything in my life. I am much better at staying calm and working through situations instead of screaming. I’ve also become just more at peace with myself.” – Rachel, TCC student (Reprinted with permission from Blooming the Spirit: The Spiritual Dimension of T’ai Chi Chih)
     
  • "TCC is the source of rootedness in my life. Without it, the trials of life would bounce me around, causing great anxiety and distress. It offers me a physical spirituality.” – Catherine (Reprinted with permission from Blooming the Spirit: The Spiritual Dimension of T’ai Chi Chih)
     
  • "Those who watch us move, without joining in, have no idea that we enter a portal to a new dimension where time and worry do not exist.” – Ann Rutherford, TCC teacher (Reprinted with permission from Blooming the Spirit: The Spiritual Dimension of T’ai Chi Chih)
     
  • "I find that a calm center is created and nurtured in direct proportion to how much I practice.” – Jeanne Marlowe, TCC teacher (Reprinted with permission from Blooming the Spirit: The Spiritual Dimension of T’ai Chi Chih)

Unless otherwise indicated, all quotations are printed with permission from The Vital Force, the quarterly journal of T’ai Chi Chih. The Blooming the Flower series and Blooming the Spirit are published by the T’ai Chi Chih Association, Albuquerque, NM.