What is Qi-Gong or Tai Chi?
The Chinese word qi, which is pronounced "chee," roughly translates to the vital force or energy present in all living things. Through posture, movement, breath, and mindfulness, qigong is the practice of cultivating or optimizing the energy or life force within our mind and body. Ancient Qigong techniques are used in Tai Chi to promote health and wellbeing through fun and safe exercise. Tai Chi is frequently referred to as "moving meditation" or "moving medication" because it contains the unique healing component known as qigong. You can read more about chi here.
What makes Tai Chi different from the exercise classes I detest?
Tai Chi might be the answer if you're nervous about taking part in group fitness classes.
One of the most well-liked forms of exercise worldwide is Tai Chi (also spelled Taiji), which has over 300 million practitioners. It has roots in Chinese martial arts, Qigong, and traditional Chinese medicine and originated in China. Its popularity in the US has been rising. Some of the mind-body concepts of Yoga are shared by Tai Chi's gentle flowing movements and internal focus, but without the need for lying on the floor or maintaining uncomfortable poses for extended periods of time. Don't be fooled by the gentle movements; Tai Chi burns just as many calories in 30 minutes as brisk walking does. Tai Chi exercise is not a religious practice in any way. Students can adapt the internal focus on the mind and body acquired through Tai chi to any spirituality.