Qigong: an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing, and movement exercises.
- There are thousands of qigong styles, each with practical applications and different theories about Qi (“subtle breath” or “vital energy”) and Gong (“skill cultivated through steady practice”).
Tai Chi: an ancient Chinese discipline of meditative movements practiced as a system of exercises.
- A type of Qigong.
- The philosophy of tai chi is that everything consists of two opposing forces that harmonize with each other to create a whole.
- It was created by applying the concept of Tai Chi to very natural movements using relaxation and breathing to generate health, longevity, and internal strength and power.
- The words tai chi chuan in Chinese means “supreme ultimate boxing”.
What is the difference between Qigong and Tai Chi?
- Usually, a single move repeated over and over, and sometimes does not involve movement at all, but will focus only on breathing
- Considered a free form practice
- System of wellness
- A series of multiple movements
- Requires discipline to form and posture
- Martial Art
What are the health benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi?
- Improves balance
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces heart rate
- Increasing heart variability
- Eases depression and anxiety symptoms
- Increased bone density in post-menopausal women
- Improves the quality of life
- Increases endurance
- Improves immunity
- Assists to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
- Its origins date back over 2,000 years.
- Origin attributed to the Yellow Emperor (2696–2598 BC) and the classic Huangdi Neijing book of internal medicine.
- Confucius (551-479 BC) and Mencius (385-302 BC) are considered the founders of the Qigong scholar tradition through their writings.
- The Taoist monks Lao Tzu (400 BC) and Chuang Tzu (300 BC) both discussed the principles of Qigong in their writings.
- Its origins date back over 700 years.
- A Taoist monk named Zhang San Feng created it.
Qigong and Tai Chi are often offered at community centers, hospital networks, spiritual centers, and gyms.
- If there are no classes in your area YouTube and media through your library are free resources!