Tai Chi Yuen Mission Statement
Our primary objectives are to promote the health benefits of tai chi chuan, to encourage friendship among our members, and to live a harmonious life – living in harmony with friends, family, society, and the natural environment.
Articles of Incorporation: Article II
B. The specific purpose of the corporation is to educate the general public of the health benefits of Tai Chi Chuan, based on the Taoist teachings of living harmoniously with Nature.
Bylaws, Section 1. Objectives and Purposes
The primary objectives and purposes of this organization, Tai Chi Yuen, shall be to educate the public on the health benefits of tai chi, to encourage friendship, and to promote a harmonious lifestyle. In research studies, those participating in tai chi exercises showed marked improvements in measures of physical and cognitive functions. Studies involving people over age 60 suggest that the practice of tai chi reduce stress and anxiety, and relieve symptoms of depression. Tai chi’s success in improving the quality of life for older adults without the use of drugs makes it a cost effective measure for community care.
To bring awareness to the general public of the health benefits of tai chi, this organization shall give tai chi demonstrations, and offer weekly group practices opened to the community at no charge. Tai Chi Yuen shall seek opportunities to work with health professionals to tailor tai chi exercises for specific physical therapies and for the elderly. This organization shall assist schools, hospitals, private and public companies to incorporate tai chi exercises into their wellness programs.
Wellness, in Tao philosophy, includes good health, peace of mind, and a harmonious relationship with friends, family, and society. Good health is a defense against illnesses and diseases, in contrast to medicine as a remedial action, taken to restore health to a sick patient. The social interaction and bonding that occur in group tai chi practices contribute to wellness.
A harmonious lifestyle includes a proper relationship with nature. It starts with an understanding of nature’s cycle and functions. Respect for nature is expressed in a life lived in a sustainable way – to take from nature only as much as it is able to give, without diminishing nature’s ability to replenish what we have taken.