Some of you email or ring me concerned about being unfit, too old, or having a condition that may prevent you from doing tai chi. Here is an example of common questions:
- I am pregnant, can I do tai chi?
- I am over 60, can I go to your classes?
- I had an injury in my hip years ago, is it ok to do tai chi?
As a quick answer to above questions, here are some articles which may interest you: Tai chi during pregnancy, Tai chi & old age, Medical research on tai chi & health. Many pregnant women do tai chi, many over 60s or 70s do tai chi, many people with previous injuries or different conditions do tai chi, so I guess the general answer to the question ‘Who can do tai chi’ is: Practically everyone.
Now, having said that, each body is different, so you need to figure out if it is ok for you too. In fact, one of the first things you need to learn in a tai chi class is how to become more in tune with your body in order to feel the benefits of tai chi. Depending on your condition, you may need to avoid certain exercises (e.g. particular warm-ups). If this is the case, just don’t do the exercise. If in doubt, I would advise you to check with your doctor.
So who can do tai chi? You can. Check it out and see it for yourself!