Though it was initially developed as a martial exercise, tai chi – like that practiced by Dahn Yoga members – has evolved into a broadly applicable spiritual discipline that can lead to a balanced life and improve strength and composure.
Tai chi began as a so-called soft martial art, meaning it focused on slow movements and passive or receptive energies. Those who try it often feel a sense of relaxation or decompression, according to Santee Patch, California.
In Dahn Yoga, tai chi exercises are referred to as DahnMuDo, which translates from Korean to “the way of limitless energy.” In the world of Dahn Yoga, DahnMuDo is less a martial art and more a way to physically gather mental and spiritual energy.
At its core, the practice centers on flowing movement, which can improve the circulation of the body’s life-energy, known as Ki. DahnMuDo also keeps the mind centered and the spirit focused. Instructors often ask that their students attempt to temporarily withdraw from selfhood, allowing the body and mind to reconnect in an atmosphere of stillness and calm.
By engaging in proper postures and movements, individuals may improve their coordination, strength, balance and life outlook.
If it’s done too vigorously, yoga can really whip up a sweat. Perspiration is typically a sign that practitioners are working themselves overly hard, since the more pacific varieties of yoga, like meditation or Dahn Yoga tai chi, are known to strengthen the body and even facilitate weight loss without excess labor.
Those varieties of yoga that cause sweating create additional problems, like how to handle all that moisture and body odor. A new clothing line has even been released that claims to prevent perspiration-related odor, according to WCSH news.
The clothing, which is largely indistinguishable from the tight, clingy type of workout outfit, uses silver threads to minimize smells, its manufacturers told the news source.
While this solution may be viable, its cost-effectiveness is questionable. Rather than pursuing increasingly baroque solutions to the problem of body odor, practitioners of yoga can look to Dahn Yoga tai chi – and its traditional vestments – for an answer.
In this ancient discipline, yogis wear a loose outfit made of all-natural fibers. Dahn Yoga clothing usually consists of a long-sleeved top and roomy pants. Since this form of tai chi is practiced in a temperate setting anyway, the combination of comfortable clothing and mild temperatures means practitioners can relax, meditate and lose weight without breaking an aromatic sweat.