Ai Chi

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Sara’s City Workout, Chicago
Ruth Soba/Ai Chi Instructor, Sara’s City Workout, Chicago
Getting fit with Ti Chi .

“Hi, I’m Bonnie Kaye. Water workouts can be a gentle, low-impact way to tone your muscles, and may even help adjust your “chi”.
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Summer is on its way, which means more opportunities to play in the pool. Here’s a new twist on the growing popularity of water aerobic workouts. Based on the idea of doing martial-arts based moves in the pool, it’s called, “Ai Chi”.
Sot instructor Ruth Soba/Ai Chi Instructor, Sara’s City Workout, Chicago
 “Ai chi is flowing, aquatic energy. We get in the pool, we move in slow, broad movements though the water. It’s very easy, it’s very slow, it’s very relaxing.”
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While tai chi has been around for a thousand years, ai chi was just created in the last decade in Japan. Based on eastern thought, it is specifically designed to be used in the water. Ruth Soba is among the first instructors  to bring it to the United States. 
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Sot Ruth Soba “What you do is you stand maybe midriff depth in the water. Now once you have all your joints submerged, then all the edema or swelling in the joints is lessened. All the joint pressure is lessened, you feel like, ahhhh…it feels so nice.”
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Good for developing balance, coordination, and even core strength in the middle of your body, ai chi can help increase the range of motion in your joints. The calm music, deep breathing, and slow movements combine for a relaxing workout. For Fitness Magazine, I’m Bonnie Kaye.


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