Derived from Taoism, Tai Chi Chuan is a martial art concerned with tranquility of mind and improvement of temperament. It is based on Taoist philosophy and on the principles of Yin and Yang: "First, Tai Chi in the philosophical sense explains everything in the Universe. It treats the universe as a unity – the Tao. The two forces – 兩儀Yin/Yang produce variations which give rise to 四象4 factors for the formation of universe. [...] Yin and Yang are in unity while in opposition. In a suitable and harmonized condition, they will counteract and develop, but in an unstable and conflicting condition, they will repel one another and destroy all matter. This applies to our knowledge and functions of consciousness and unconsciousness. Changes like season, life and death, night and day. Since Yin and Yang reveals the relationship between Nature and Man, practicing from our physical body will eventual bring the connection to our state of being for a balanced life of stability and peace". (Cheng Tin Hung, Tai Chi Transcendent Art, The Hong Kong Tai Chi Institute Limited)
A greater awareness of this age-old martial art and of its corrispondence with C.G. Jung's individuation process will improve this cross-cultural way to practice wohleness, making it a conscious experience of body-mind deep transformation.