T'ai chi comprises a series of postures linked by slow, graceful movements and accompanied by breathing techniques that focus concentration. The sequence is designed to restore and enhance the flow of chi, or 'vital energy', exercising mind, body and spirit to bring health and wellbeing. According to legend, t'ai chi, a 'non-violent martial art', was developed from kung fu by Chang San-feng, a 13th century soldier and mystic seeking spiritual growth. He is said to have been inspired by a dream of a snake and a crane engaged in a dance-like fight. The movements harmonise the fluctuating energies of yin and yang in traditional Chinese medicine and encourage the smooth flow of chi through the meridians. It is commonly recommended for anxiety, fatigue and other stress-related conditions, high blood pressure, enhancing mental and physical control, improving vitality, calming the mind and promoting health. This instructive video provides everything you need to get started.