Tai Chi & Qi Gong

Tai Chi

* UPDATE - 05/11/10: I am teaching two Tai Chi classes at my office every Wednesday 9:30am to 10:30am and every Thursday 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Click here for more information.

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi was developed in China in the thirteenth century. It is an ancient Chinese discipline that integrates mind, body and spirit. Practitioners use meditation and deep breathing as they move through a series of continuous exercises, called “forms,” which resemble slow-moving ballet. Though it originated as a martial art, it is now practiced more for its therapeutic benefits, which include reducing stress and promoting balance and flexibility. There are the five main styles of Tai Chi in China. Tai Chi is far more than a mode of self-defense. In fact, for hundreds of years, groups of Chinese people have performed its fluid, graceful movements in parks throughout China as a way of staying vital.

Tai Chi is: Noncompetitive, No impact, Highly aerobics (in the sense that you are breathing deeply), Wonderful for joint health, Useful for increasing blood oxygen levels and flow, Useful for decreasing high blood pressure, Great for increasing range of motion, Commonly used to reduce the effects of stress, Away to increase your balance and gracefulness, Increase energy, Coordination and circulation, Losing weight, A way to meet and socialize with like-minded people your age.

What are the Benefits of Tai Chi?

The Benefits of Tai Chi can be broken down into three main areas: Physical, Mental and Spiritual. Tai Chi is hand and body skills with, or without, weapons. Through the slow and paced movements, each part of every joint muscle and tendon, as well as veins and heart, are stretched and relaxed. This procedure of mind-guided postures produces calm and soft changes in the body through internal energy, and helps the mind become peaceful. The exercises and movements of Tai Chi are performed in a slow and relaxed fashion, as opposed to most Western styles of exercise.

Today, many people in the United States, Canada and Europe have become interested in it, both for its health benefits and because it is easy to learn. Furthermore, as an aerobic exercise, Tai Chi benefits the entire body, increasing muscle strength and enhancing balance and flexibility. People who practice Tai Chi are also said to exploit the strength of Yin (the earth) and the energy of yang (the heavens) through exercise designed to express these forces in balanced and harmonious form. Tai Chi can be used as a preventive health measure, as a way to maintain good health or to help with a specific ailment. While Tai Chi cannot cure disease, it is often recommended as a complementary therapy to conventional treatment. Specifically, it can be used to help with arthritis, circulation problems, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, chronic problem, back, neck, shoulders pain, hypertension, insomnia and lose weight etc. It can balance your body organs function and enhance immune system.

Qi Gong

What is Qi Gong?

Literally “skill in working with your energy”, it can be training body and mind. It was created by the Chinese in ancient times and belongs to system of TCM. It can heal many chronic problems and enables the body to produce energy storing and reduces consumption. This medical keep-fit activity has the function of preventing and protecting through inner exercise, maintaining and strengthening to create balance for a dynamic journey through life. Qigong is a series of exercises designed to loosen the joints; promote deep, relaxed breathing; and cure many medical ailments.