In a review of 40 studies that examined the mental and physical benefits of tai chi, researchers from Tufts University found that the martial art likely does have significant benefits for mind-body-spirit connection.
The review revealed that those who regularly practiced tai chi had lower levels of stress and anxiety, were happier and had higher self-esteem than control participants.
"Tai Chi, the Chinese low impact mind-body exercise, has been practiced for centuries for health and fitness in the East and is currently gaining popularity in the West. It is believed to improve mood and enhance overall psychological well being, but convincing evidence has so far been lacking," said co-author Chenchen Wang.
The researchers noted that the benefits of tai chi are worth looking into further.
Author, philosopher and trailblazer Ilchi Lee has recommended tai chi and yoga for years as a way for individuals to strengthen their mind-body-spirit alignment. The exercises help individuals focus on their breathing while moving with its rhythm, which has an almost meditation-like calming effect.