Sifu Peggy is a passionate Tai Chi instructor ready to share her expertise with all her Tai Chi students in Airdrie.
History of Tai Chi

Tai Chi is one of the major branches of the traditional Chinese martial arts. Its name comes from the philosophical term, “Tai Chi,” which first appeared over 3000 years ago. Tai Chi means the ultimate of ultimate, often used to describe the vastness of the universe. There are many different styles of Tai Chi. Plum Blossom Tai Chi in Airdrie adheres to the popular Yang Style.

Yang Lu-chan (1799-1872) founded it in the early 19th century. As a youth, Yang loved martial arts and studied with many famous masters. One day, he sparred with and was soundly defeated by a someone from another village. He was fascinated by his opponent’s unusual manner: soft, curvy but powerful movements that were totally unlike the predominantly hard styles of martial art at the time. Yang was eager to learn the art and soon became a highly skilled practitioner.

Tai Chi male warrior illustration.
Yang Lu-Chan, Founder of the martial art of Tai Chi.
Tai Chi female warrior illustration.
History of Tai Chi

The essential principles of Tai Chi are based on the ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism, which stresses the natural balance in all things and the need for living in spiritual and physical accord with the patterns of nature. According to this philosophy, everything is composed of the two opposite but complementary elements of yin and yang, working in a relationship which is in perpetual balance. Tai Chi consists of exercises equally balanced between yin and yang, which is why it is so remarkably effective.

  • Qi — an energy force thought to flow through the body; tai chi is said to unblock and encourage the proper flow of qi.
  • Yin and yang — opposing elements thought to make up the universe that need to be kept in harmony. Tai chi is said to promote this balance.
Plum Blossom Tai Chi beginner classes in Airdrie, Alberta.
Tai Chi helps improve health for any age group
Tai Chi helps improve health for any age group
Health Benefits of Tai Chi

The misconception that Tai Chi is only for seniors is something that Sifu Peggy has worked hard to dispel.

Here are but a few results discussed in many articles expounding the health benefits of Tai Chi for all age groups:

  • Encourages fat loss: for those who don't want to embrace high-intensity aerobic exercise for weight loss, Tai Chi may be the best answer. Research published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who had joined instructor-led one-hour Tai Chi workouts three times a week for 12 weeks experienced noticeable weight loss.
  • Helps in relieving pain:In a study published in the Journal of Holistic Nutrition, participants took part in a 12-week Tai Chi course. The study determined that Tai Chi could be used as a treatment for musculoskeletal pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. Other studies showed that people with Fibromyalgia who participated in Tai Chi had equal or greater improvement in symptoms compared to those who performed traditional aerobic exercise.
  • Strengthens cardiovascular health: a recent randomized controlled trial published in the journal Heart & Lung found adults with hypertension who trained in Tai Chi for six months had significantly lower blood pressure and body mass index compared to those receiving their usual care for hypertension.
  • Improves mood and mental health: exercise has long been tied to improved mental health, and Tai Chi may be the mind-body workout you needed to boost your mood and encourage a healthy mental state. A recent study published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing reviewed 15 studies that used Tai Chi to improve psychological well-being. When Tai Chi was compared to control groups, researchers saw an improvement in quality of life, mental health, and physical health. Additionally, they noted less depression and psychological distress among participants.
Sifu Peggy Invites You!

Join us and enjoy the experience!

Sifu Peggy offers beginners classes on Thursdays and Saturdays, held at The Collective Studio- Unit # 103 - 28 Gateway Drive NE , Airdrie AB.

She also offers private Tai Chi lessons for those who prefer personalized one on one instructor time. Individual sessions are scheduled by appointment only and are flexible to accommodate your lifestyle and work schedules.

There are also workshops held throughout the year, which are a great way to be introduced to this wonderful martial art that does not require brute strength. Introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong is great for all ages and abilities, with no experience necessary.

Tai Chi benfits all age groups.