Tai Chi / Qigong

Tai Chi          Wu, Short F

Qigong          8 Silk Brocade Style

Meditation in Motion:

Cultivating energy for healing, health maintenance, increased vitality, and re-connection with spirit.

“There is growing evidence that this mind/body practice has value in treating or preventing many health problems.” – Harvard Medical School

Tai chiWhat is Tai Chi / Qigong?
Ancient Chinese exercise performed with continuous flowing movements that are slow relaxed and circular. Serenity and well-being are developed through this gentle tradition.

Tai Chi (energy) is created by strengthening and energizing your body.

Qi means the life force or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe.Gong means accomplishment or skill that is cultivated through steady practice cultivating energy.

This practice is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise that involves:

  • Muscles that are relaxed rather than tensed
  • Joints that are not fully extended
  • Connective tissues that are not stretched
  • A calm, mindful state
  • Increased bone strength
  • Rhythmic breathing techniques
  • Visualization of guiding energy through the body

Benefits may be:

  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Increased energy, stamina and vitality
  • Increased muscle strength and definition
  • Improved cardiovascular, respiratory, and circulatory functions
  • Improved lymphatic and digestion functions
  • Enhanced quality of sleep
  • Enhanced immune system
  • Lower cholesterol levels and blood pressure
  • Improved joint pain
  • Improved symptoms of congestive heart failure
  • Improved overall well-being in older adults
  • Reduced risk of falls in older adults

Western scientific research confirms that Tai Chi / Qigong:

  • Reduces hypertension
  • Reduces the incidence of falling in the aged population
  • Increases cognitive ability

Maintaining the benefits:
While you may get some benefit from a series of classes, you may enjoy greater benefits if you continue this practice for the long term and become more skilled. You may find it helpful to practice Tai Chi / Qigong in the same place and at the same time every day to develop a routine. But if your schedule is erratic, do this practice whenever you have a few minutes. You can even practice these soothing mind-body concepts without performing the actual movements when you are in a stressful situation, such as a traffic jam or a tense work meeting. It’s great for a 15 minute break at work.

Maintaining a consistent practice helps one:

  • Regain a youthful vitality
  • Increase concentration
  • Enhance balance and quality of life
  • Maintain health even into old age
  • Speed recovery from illness
  • Reestablish the body/mind/soul connection

Who can do Tai Chi / Qigong?
It is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. Tai Chi is especially suitable for older adults who otherwise may not exercise. It can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to people confined to wheelchairs and can be done indoors or out, either alone or in a group.

Women who are pregnant or people with joint problems, back pain, fractures, severe osteoporosis or a hernia should consult their health care provider before trying Tai Chi. Modification or avoidance of certain postures may be recommended.

Crystal Klein, BA, MS, Shimu

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