Qigong & Tai Chi

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Improve Your Life With Qigong and Tai Chi

You can cultivate and improve “Qi flow” in your life in various ways.

In calligraphy, your Qi can be cultivated through years of practice. In Feng Shui, you can change the Qi by altering the layout of your surroundings. Even a simple change like a new coat of paint or replacing wall art can have a major effect on the Qi of a room.

For interpersonal relations, your personal Qi can be changed through activities such as reading books, listening to music, taking a class, relaxing, and new life experiences.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, your Qi can be strengthened through regular exercise, lifestyle improvements, healthy eating, meditating, and practicing Qigong.

The term Qigong refers to the practice of cultivating and strengthening your Qi. This practice helps to improve the circulation of Qi inside your body. There are different types or levels of Qigong practice.

Qigong practices for moving and cultivating Qi are completed through breathing techniques, meditation practice, the use of imagination, or a guiding technique using body posture and movement. These practices are created from experience and through the understanding of Qi.

Tai Chi improves your health by making changes in your mental focus, breathing, coordination, and relaxation. The goal is to rebalance your body's natural healing capacity. Individuals are taught during exercise to be mindful of what their bodies are doing and how they feel.

Precise movements and focused body awareness distinguish Tai Chi as “meditation in motion”, evoking a connection between the mind and body. It can help you bring your mind into a zone of calm and clarity. It’s been used as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine for many years and it has become the focus of scientific research regarding its health benefits.

What are the Benefits of Tai Chi Chuan?

Research has found that practicing Tai Chi helps to promote physical function including balance control, reduces the fear of falling, and reduces fall occurrences.

Tai Chi can be beneficial and a safe adjunctive therapy for some patients with cardiovascular disease. It helps reduce blood pressure in postmenopausal women by maintaining bone mineral density. For patients with knee osteoarthritis, Tai Chi Chuan helps by providing pain control. Studies have also shown that Tai Chi Chuan is associated with improved psychological well-being including reduced stress, anxiety, depression, mood disturbance, and increased self-esteem.
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