“Tai chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for defense training, health benefits, and meditation.” (Wikipedia)
I do Tai Chi because it helps me maintain emotional balance. It’s very easy to lose this balance when you have young children, a demanding job, and other pressing concerns day in and day out. Taking time to focus on my body and breathing helps me center myself.
I usually practice in the mornings before starting the day, and occasionally in the evenings as well.
I first took a beginner’s class in Sun style around 2013. Later I took classes to learn the Yang style short form. It’s best to learn from a teacher and practice in a group, but early on I also found the Paul Lam videos helpful.
Over the years I’ve adapted the postures to some cramped spaces, bedrooms and offices. The weather has been nice enough recently that I can also practice outside occasionally, which is much more enjoyable.