Discover Tai Chi & Qi Gong

What is Tai Chi? What is Qi Gong?

Tai Chi, also called Tai Chi Chuan, orig­i­nat­ed in Chi­na as a mar­tial arts. Tai Chi Chuan means Supreme Ulti­mate Box­ing and is a slow motion med­i­ta­tive exer­cise.  It is often referred to as “med­i­ta­tion in motion“or “med­ica­tion in motion” and helps inte­grate body, mind and breath into one. It is a series of con­trolled, slow, move­ments which inte­grates the mind and the breath.

Qi Gong pro­nounced (chee-gong) also orig­i­nat­ed in Chi­na and means prac­tice (gong) or cul­ti­va­tion of vital ener­gy (qi).  It is a type of mind-body med­i­cine that com­bines move­ment, med­i­ta­tion and reg­u­la­tion of breath­ing.  It  enhances the flow of ener­gy in your body.

What are the ben­e­fits of mind/body exer­cis­es?

  • helps reduce stress by calm­ing and focus­ing the mind
  • helps reduce anx­i­ety and depres­sion
  • improves bal­ance, flex­i­bil­i­ty &  mus­cle tone
  • low­ers blood pres­sure
  • relieves chron­ic pain
  • improves feel­ing of well-being
  • improves sleep
  • enhances immune func­tion

Because both of these prac­tices are very sim­i­lar I have com­bined them in this post. The Nation­al Cen­ter for Com­ple­men­tary and Alter­na­tive Med­i­cine offers an intro­duc­to­ry video on both of them.

If you are inter­est­ed in exper­i­ment­ing with this type of exer­cise, try it here for free.  The videos are less than 15 min­utes. Click HERE

 

 

References

NCCAM. Nation­al Cen­ter for Com­ple­men­tary and Alter­na­tive Med­i­cine. Tai Chi & Qi Gong for Health and Well Being. Accessed on Octo­ber 4, 2011.

The Health Ben­e­fits of Tai Chi. Har­vard Health Pub­li­ca­tions. Har­vard Med­ical School. Accessed on Octo­ber 4, 2011.



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