Tai chi is an ancient Chinese exercise system. It is commonly practiced in China to help people maintain their health and live longer. It is a gentle routine of meditative exercises that involve a set pattern of slow but purposeful circular movements. The movements are designed to contain and balance energy, rather than use it up. The practice of tai chi encourages the development of the mind and the body and their integration through movement. Tai chi is used to: reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve breathing, cardiovascular function and general health. It improves strength, balance and flexibility, and inspires a sense of inner peace and tranquility.